5. Team GB's Golden Night
I don’t know about you, but when I watch a major sporting event, and my team’s not in the mix, I almost always find myself rooting for the home team—assuming they aren’t intolerable d-bags. Why? Because it’s fun to live vicariously through the exhilaration of the fans. Watching their happiness on TV rubs off just a little.
It’s the same at the Olympics. It’s always nice to see athletes from the home country win gold. It makes the fans happy, and the athletes themselves are often overwhelmed with emotion. So it’s just great TV.
And at the 2012 Summer Olympics, we had one really special night of hometown heroes. On Saturday, August 4, three British track athletes won gold in a span on 44 minutes. First Jessica Ennis clinched the Heptathlon in style by winning the final event—the 800m race. Then Greg Rutherford won the long jump, even though he had never even won a medal at a World Championships before, let alone the Olympics. And, finally, Somali-born Mo Farah won Britain’s first gold medal in the 10,000m in one of the most exciting middle distances track events you will ever see.
Three golds, 44 minutes. And here’s a fact to help you understand the significance: in 1996, Great Britain won just one gold medal in the entire Games.