Sunday 22 October 2017

While I'm at it ...

Lar Corbett

I'M looking forward to the festival of sport that is the Olympic Games over the next fortnight. Ireland's greatest hope for a gold medal is boxer Katie Taylor -- a girl I've been lucky enough to meet a couple of times. She's very grounded, down to earth and genuine. I wish her the very best, but I do feel sorry for her in a way because there is a massive weight of expectation on her shoulders.

In May, Katie won another world title, but there was barely a murmur about that. All everybody seems to be talking about is what she can achieve in London. People seem to have Katie perched on that winner's podium already and that's huge pressure.

But Katie does seem to have a good back-room team behind her and her dad appears to be a source of huge support. You have to be extra special when you're placed on a pedestal like that, but Katie has already earned that status for her achievements to date.

I'd love to be there, cheering her on, and one of my biggest dreams is to obtain a ticket some day for an Olympic 100m sprint final.

After we won the All-Ireland in 2010, we were lucky enough to meet Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on our team holiday. This is the fastest human that ever moved from A to B, but you don't get a proper perspective of just how good he is by simply watching him on television.

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