Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ulick O'Connor: How London helped to save the Olympic Games

With war still casting a shadow, the 1948 games needed new sporting heroes -- and it got them, writes Ulick O'Connor

IN September of 1947, after winning the Irish pole vault championship, I got a letter from the Irish Athletic Association notifying me that I had been selected as a "possible" for the 1948 Olympics which were to take place in London.

As an 18-year-old, I was chuffed to join 10 others who were to train under coach Tom Maguire in the College Park, and in the Irish Army gym in Portobello Barracks.

Though I didn't make it to the team in the final selection, by an extraordinary stroke of luck I got to the London Olympic Games after all. It happened this way.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss