Saturday 23 September 2017

O'Sullivan still a games master

FEW chef de missions look fit enough to actually be competing at these Olympics but Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan still does.

The call to give her the job, compared to previous Olympic 'suits' who got it, raised eyebrows but she has taken to it with gusto.

We met her flying around the athletes' village this week on a bike and she could still pass for a competing athlete. But the Irish team should avoid taking her on at PlayStation or they'll find out just how competitive she is.

Longtime Irish javelin champion Terry McHugh tells a famous Olympic tale when one of early forerunners of computer games was doing the rounds among the Irish team.

He set the record on it one night only to find it on his pillow next day with O'Sullivan top of the table. Every time he scored higher she would take it and score higher until she beat him into submission and he let her hold the record. Now that's the sort of competitiveness necessary to win an Olympic silver medal.

Irish Independent

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