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by KRAKKER0 (U13137206) 22 August 2008
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Having just watched Shanaze Reade crash out of the BMX final,my immediate thoughts were, did she forget she was part of Team GB,
surely a Silver Medal would have been good for BMX racing in Britain, her attempt to take the lead on the last bend appeared in my opinion to be totally reckless & self serving, I'd bet if offered a choice between the outcome she has & a Silver Medal, she would choose the Silver. She wasted her chances, maybe a little older a little wiser.

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comment by sol517 (U11935861)

posted Aug 28, 2008

that's what happen if you are expecting too much and over confident... if you don't get it... it's really hurt... ouch. sadface

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posted Aug 28, 2008

im not normally a fan of watching women do sport, but in the cycling, we need to introduce equality. if there were the same number of sprint events for the birds as there are for the blokes, then the likes of Pendleton and Reade would have got some more Golds on the track, and rightly be lauded in the same category as Hoy and Wiggie.

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posted Aug 28, 2008

"im not normally a fan of watching women do sport..."

Oh I get it! Humour!

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posted Aug 28, 2008

I aghree with Mikeharbrw, a silly question but no is the answer! I assume that the crutches were to support teh damaged wrist or should that be pride; i guess that one should engage the brain before falling off!!!!

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posted Aug 28, 2008

To the question of was she self-serving, I think that depends on how you look at it.
You could argue that for team GB a gold was just so disproptionatly better for their medal table chances that it was worth going for gold or nothing.
At the point in the olympics the Russians were passing us. There was no way a silver was ever going to make a difference to where we finished in relation to them. A gold may very well have done (though as it turned out it wouldn't have)

A gold gets more glory than a silver for the individual too, but proportionatly the difference is no-where near as great as it might have been for the team at that point.

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posted Aug 30, 2008

I have never seen BMX racing before this Olympics so like a lot who did was amazed at the speed, agility, aggression & skills demonstrated. I think this very talented Team GB rider can probably win medals in the next games, she is still very young and will be wiser, stronger in 4 years time. Her ability on the track is perhaps where she will pick up medals, she should ride in as many different events as possible in the next 2 years and then decide. She took a gamble and this time it did not pay off next time it could be different. I think she will be around for a long time winning etc.

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posted Aug 31, 2008

I hope Douggielee is just trying to wind people up with his comment on the worth of BMX racing. Name a sport which can't be reduced to a patronizing description like that. Football? Table Tennis? Swimming? I see children playing these all the time! Clearly Olympic BMX requires far more courage than most events - as well as incredible fitness and skill.

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posted Aug 31, 2008

In most sporting arenas, it's win or bust. But at the Olympics, there are great consolation prizes. An olympic silver medal whilst not that close to the pinnacle of olympic gold, all the same it is never anything to be sniffed at. When you're long retired and you look back at your career and the pain of losing the gold has faded, you can still look at a silver with pride. But if you go hell for leather for gold and end up with nothing, you have nothing to look back upon and you'd wish you had held out for the silver.

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posted Sep 3, 2008

i've been bmx racing for 8 yrs,i'm 25 you have to train near on every day, this is a sport to attract the youth to watch the olympics,if you know shinny she was and always will be all or nothing

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posted Sep 8, 2008

Was great to see Shanaze going for it at the Olympics. Too bad she crashed out. But she had some tough competition alongside her. I guess the pressure of competing for your country takes it's toll on some athletes sometimes.
Would love to know if there are any plans to bring BMX Street or Vert or Dirt to the next Olympics. Not sure if Jamie Bestwick will still be cutting the moves in 2012 on the vert but maybe Simon Tabron will. They are the best two vert riders in the world at the moment. And we have got Mark Webb on street who I think (barring injury - he's been getting a few lately) will take out the LG World Champs in Dallas this year.

Richie

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