Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'll never tire of reliving Olympic gold-winning ... - BBC World News

Great Britain Olympic gold medal-winning rower Pete Reed has told Metro he will never tire of having an excuse to relive his historic win at London 2012. Great Britain two-time Olympic gold medallist Pete Reed rounded off his London 2012 Games by getting engaged (Picture: Getty) The 31-year-old won his second Olympic gold medal as part of the men?s coxless four, who made history as Great Britain became the first team to win a title for four Games in a row, and he rounded off a spectacular Games by proposing to girlfriend Frauke Oltmanns during the closing ceremony firework display. Reed, who is a navy officer, said in the run-up to London 2012, he still had people telling him their stories of watching his victory in Beijing four years ago ? so he was looking forward to even more the same following his second gold medal. Gold medallists (from left) Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge (Picture: Reuters) ?I?ll never get sick of reliving the race,? he told Metro. ?Even three years after Beijing people would want to tell me their story of how they watched the race, so it?ll be magnified this time because of so many more people watching. ?When you hear stories like that, and how what you do really affects people, that?s what you want to hear ? it helps me relive that day and lock it in my brain. ?I even had a personal email from the First Sea Lord ? that was the most humbling thing, when someone like that takes the time out to do that.? Reed said the support of the British fans at Eton Dorney was ?monumental?, and could not have been in greater contrast to what happened in Beijing four years ago. ?We knew the Chinese had paid people to fill seats, they weren?t interested and weren?t cheering, and as soon as it was time to clock off, they went home, so in our podium photos the grandstands in the background are bare apart from our friends and family! ?Contrast that with this time ? the grandstands were full for warm-up, it was absolutely insane, and we felt it from the start. ?It was a phenomenal effort from the crowd, and it really did make an enormous difference. ?There was no way you?d ever take a stroke off or leave anything out on the water ? it was as if you had extra wings to push you down the course.?


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