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.