Great Britain finished fourth in the 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing, but they're not confident they can replicate the performance. Can you imagine what Vince Lombardi would have to say about the comments made by British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt? Hunt told the London Evening Standard they're only anticipating a top-six finish at the upcoming games.
"I acknowledge that I haven't spoken out before about this top six finish. But we need to hold ourselves back from banging the table about a top four position until we can be sure it can be delivered. I'm not saying we won't achieve fourth but my aspiration today, two years out, is top six."
I'm sure that's the exact sort of attitude the British athletes want to hear. Hey, we're standing behind you, but we're not too confident in you even though we're investing all our resources into these games.
The reality is Hunt is worried about other countries surpassing Great Britain. Germany, South Korea, and Australia are all on his list of rising countries. The U.S. and China are expected to finish in the top two. And Great Britain? Well we'll just keep our heads high and hope for a top-six finish. That's the spirit!