Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html en-gb 30 Mon 06 Jul 2015 18:38:26 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html msw100 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=95#comment19 I was watching para olympic interview with Lord Coe today Sunday 14th Sep. 08How did Great Britain ever manage to get the olympics with this man at the helm. I have never witnessed a more boring person in my life. His voice tone never changes, he has no enthusiasm what so ever for what he is doingCome on man give yourself a shake!and now I see also he has also developed a cocky attitude towards other presenters. Sun 14 Sep 2008 14:52:40 GMT+1 cazwatt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=90#comment18 Euan, you are a credit to your sport. In 2012 you will succeed because you will remember how you feel now and this will drive you forward. There are relatively few people in the world who can say they have competed for their country in the Olympic Games. You should be incredibly proud of your achievement. caz Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:15:35 GMT+1 Durendart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=85#comment17 Euan, Euan, Euan - what a wonderful young chap you are ....and a Scot to boot!Nobody should punish themselves over losing to Roman Gontyuk and Tiago Camillo. You have acknowledged as much in your generous congratulations to them. You have done your sport proud and helped lots of younger players by writing about the demons that will ultimately make you a medalist in London. This is just a step along that road, I feel sure.Nevertheless you are a great champion by any measure and any that say otherwise will have to answer to Henry V. Mon 25 Aug 2008 07:41:47 GMT+1 chivalrousBigjohn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=80#comment16 This post has been Removed Sun 24 Aug 2008 00:58:19 GMT+1 strangeGraham http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=75#comment15 Is it just a BBC thing or is it general to Equestrian Show Jumping that when ever there is a clear round it's the rider has done so well but whenever there are faults, the poor horse has failed? Thu 21 Aug 2008 15:47:14 GMT+1 ianjudomac http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=70#comment14 Euan,You are as big an inspiration to young athletes everywhere as any Olympic medallist for Team GB. The insights you have given into the sacrifices you have made to get to this point, and the respect you show for other judoka are nothing short of exceptional; the margins at your level in Judo truly are so tight that it is down to the day. I can only hope that the right people are working with you to support you in your push for London 2012. You are a true credit to the sport in the UK, and importantly also to the Edinburgh club and Scottish Judo, all the best for the next steps, keep the chin up! Thu 21 Aug 2008 10:01:57 GMT+1 biguptap http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=65#comment13 EuanIt will take time to get over your disappointment but don't let those demons overwhelm you. Use them to drive you on to greater thing. Look at Rebecca Romero (now that's one scary lady!).Remember, very few people are ever good enough to represent their country at anything, let alone the Olympics, and for that you should feel justifiably proud. We are all proud of you, both for your achievements and for you honesty in this blog.I look forward to celebrating your success in 2012 - and in the Commonwealth games. Thu 21 Aug 2008 09:05:52 GMT+1 malcolmtvhd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=60#comment12 Thank you Euan for saying what you have it will help all the Judo people back home who wanted, as you all did, for it to be so very different.Tomorrow is another day and yesterday helps us get ready for it! Wed 20 Aug 2008 18:46:51 GMT+1 Carole http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=55#comment11 Euan, it must be tough after all the glory Team GB has enjoyed. 2012 beckons, experience gained meantime. You did really well, what a lifetime memory for you getting to Beijing 2008 - a fantastic Games which many didn't expect nor encourage. I was not one of them, I love sport (like all here) and you delivered too mate!!! You all did us proud! Wed 20 Aug 2008 17:20:37 GMT+1 jermichael http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=50#comment10 I was a junior Judoka who harboured hopes of an Olympic appearance in the 70s so I always follow the Judo closely.This blog was such an eloquent and insightful contribution.Without losers there can be no winners and it's how you deal with defeat and disappointment which is the the important matter.Although not a medal winner it shows that you are an Olympian in it's truest sense!! Sincerest congratulations. Wed 20 Aug 2008 16:18:57 GMT+1 man-with-a-mission http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=45#comment9 EuanThank you very much for this remarkably honest and insightful blog. I have been following your blogs earnestly in the build up to the Olympics and like many others I was sorely disappointed at the performance of Team GB at Judo and struggled to understand what had gone wrong. However I really appreciate you coming back to the blogs so soon to share with us your post fight reflections. This is the closest many of us will ever get to what goes on in the mind of an elite performer following disappointment. Sharing your thoughts and raw emotion makes you a real person like all of us - who at some time fail to make the mark, drop the baton in life or simply get dumped on our backs for ippon.It is an encouragement for us to get on up, learn from our mistakes, refuse to let the demons of failure paralyse us and make every effort to do even more in training.Dan O'Brien the US decathlete who was favourite for the 1992 Olympic Gold medal but failed to get through the US trials due to failure at the pole jump said;"That failure set the path of my life for the next four years, ..I learned more from it than I had learned the previous 30 years combined."At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, O'Brien achieved his dream and won the gold medal in the decathlon.Come on 2012. We will be shouting for you Euan. Wed 20 Aug 2008 14:58:54 GMT+1 guswright80 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=40#comment8 Brilliant post. I think it's even more inspiring than the numerous success stories on the bbc olympic blogs. To pick yourself up from the depths of despair and go on determined to meet the next challenge in 2012 is worthy of a great deal of respect and admiration. Wed 20 Aug 2008 14:04:21 GMT+1 holy-moley http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=35#comment7 One of the best blogs I have read. How refreshing to read an honest and intelligent assessment. I watched all the judo and whilst I thought your performance was the strongest by any Britain, I thought it was still too passive. One chance every 4 years and it is better to fail going for it than holding back and then regretting it. It shows intelligence and maturity to recognise this and I am confident thay you will achieve your dreams in 2012. Look at those such as Paul Goodison and Victoria Pendleton who have used their disappointment from Athens to drive them to gold here.Sadly I have to say that judo does need an overhaul though as some of your teammates' performances were woeful. Wed 20 Aug 2008 13:29:47 GMT+1 Pyranthal http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=30#comment6 Euan I know you'll get back to Edinburgh and continue to work as hard as you have done, to win in 2012.As Sun Tzu said:"The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself"Sometimes, no matter how hard you prepare, it just isn't your day. Wed 20 Aug 2008 12:29:08 GMT+1 plastic_paddy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=25#comment5 EuanWhile your feelings are totally understandable, don't let them consume you. The country is 100% behind you. Simply to *get* to the Olympics puts you in the very elite of your sport.Like everyone else has said - use this to drive you even harder to 2012 where you will be stepping up onto that podium with the National Anthem playing and the Union Flag hoisted high.Well done - you are a credit to your team and your country. It is like that fantastic line from Henry V"And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day." Wed 20 Aug 2008 11:53:00 GMT+1 RGodivala http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=20#comment4 I've not heard anyone fault your commitment or effort - or those of your teammates. We know you tried your best with the tools you had.Maybe we need to look at the tools - but that's something to do calmly when this is all over. For now, keep giving the support to eachother and the rest of the GB team, and don't let it eat at you.Getting there at all is an achievement! Wed 20 Aug 2008 11:30:30 GMT+1 royalperth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=15#comment3 2012 Wed 20 Aug 2008 11:24:33 GMT+1 sl1ppy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=10#comment2 That sick feeling will go eventually soak up what you can from the rest of your time in Bejiing and remember you may not have a medal but you made it there. Hard to take but you've got to be special just to get there. Wed 20 Aug 2008 11:06:08 GMT+1 GillH http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=5#comment1 Use the experience, come out of it stronger, dont let the demons sit on your shoulder and get you down. You know what you have to do for the future - go for it!Good luck and there are many people supporting you. Wed 20 Aug 2008 10:49:34 GMT+1 aredeegee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/dealing_with_demons_after_defe.html?page=0#comment0 Fella - chin up. You're the 7th best in the world. Well done. I watched it on TV, and we we're all proud of your performance and behaviour. The demons? They'll drive you towards 2012. You'll need them. Wed 20 Aug 2008 10:17:52 GMT+1