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The Rio Gold Rush Continues!

19 August 2016

The games may be beginning to move towards their conclusion, but the medals keep coming for Team GB - we're closing in on our most successful games ever!

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So it’s now into the last week and the precious metals in Rio are rolling in! As I write Team GB has 47 medals which is just unbelievable and a testimony to four years of careful preparation supported by many behind the scenes, and behind the scenes we stay! (Now 56 medals and 22 Golds! – Ed.)

Amy Tinkler with her Bronze medal from the Floor Exercise in the gymnastics in Rio 2016

The North East’s very own Amy Tinkler with her Bronze medal from the Floor Exercise in the gymnastics.

The number of athletes coming through the performance centre has fallen as competition starts and finishes. We still see the athletes though as they use our centre as a base to see parents and friends. The Olympic Village is clearly out of bounds and strictly secure with airport style security to get in.

I am today in the Olympic Village in Team GB quarters working as duty doctor and was delighted to welcome back Amy Tinkler with her bronze medal! Totally unexpected but well deserved for a very talented young lady. I have met up with her parents and coach several times and they are all leaving tomorrow for home…. I think they never imagined Amy would do so well but are clearly delighted.

We had Andy Murray as a big user of the Performance Centre whilst he was competing in Rio. The relaxed atmosphere amongst many other athletes and staff used to working in this environment allowed him to fit in and use the facilities. It was great that he won Gold too.

There is now only 5 days of competition left in Rio. Very exciting for me is the progress of the GB Hockey girls whom I have worked with a lot including the bronze medal win in London 2012. Going better than that would be wonderful and by the time you read this you will know – alongside Amy getting bronze, a silver of gold for the Hockey girls would be fantastic. (They made the final and will compete against the Netherlands for the Gold medal at 9pm UK time tonight – make sure you tune in! – Ed.)

As events pass, we in theory become less busy though the athletes who have been hugely disciplined for many months, let their hair down and that can be a source of work for us! Rio isn’t the best environment for that however as whilst a great city, security isn’t great and crime is widespread so there is a lot of warnings going out to us all to be careful.

So this time next week I will be at the airport flying home, not with a medal but feeling once again privileged to have been part of it all.

Some RnR at the Beach Volleyball on Copacabana Beach in Rio - had to be done!

Some RnR at the Beach Volleyball on Copacabana Beach – had to be done!

Andy Murray
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