Seriously, what is up with the sense of entitlement Australia has about Olympic gold medals? Now, I was never at the top of my geography class, but last time I checked, there were at least several other countries in the world besides this one. Bearing that in mind, it's probably not completely unfathomable that some medals may actually be won by some of those said several other countries.
The media does my head in. Unless Australian athletes win gold, then they've failed. All we are seeing on the tele are Aussies holding silvers and bronzes, looking totally distraught. Silver? Ick, they may as well be holding a ribbon with a dog poo tied on the end.
At first I was blaming the athletes for all the boo-hooing, but E made a good point--they get interviewed straight after the event, when they are all tuckered out and emotional. If they were interviewed a little later they may well be rather chuffed to be holding a medal of any description.
Nah, I reckon it's the dopey media, and all the pressure and advertising and junk surrounding the Games that are making this one a dud for Australia. It's not Australia lagging in the medal tally that's making it all pretty unfun to watch, it's the countries' reaction to the lagging medal tally.
I hope we can make the second week more fun, not by having to win gold, but by cheering our athletes on regardless.