Shirley Robertson OBE, Double gold medallist and TV Presenter

  Top five Olympic moments
27 March 2011

Top five Olympic moments

Shirley’s Sydney 2000 gold medal performance features in Oliver Holt’s top five personal favourite Olympic moments along with Cathy Freeman, Usian Bolt, Sir Steve Redgrave & Mark Spitz

Holt says “Shirley Robertson’s victory in the Europe class of the sailing event in Sydney is in my top 5 because it was one of the outstanding sporting achievements of the three Olympics I have covered although obviously it was a superb accomplishment by Robertson that was justly celebrated.

I included it because the moment of her victory seemed to me to encapsulate much of the magic that the Olympics can bring.

I spent the whole of that day in a small motor boat on Sydney Harbour, being buffeted by waves and soaked in spray, trying to follow Robertson’s exploits.

It was one of the most beautiful sporting scenes I have ever witnessed, a flotilla of boats in one of the most beautiful harbours in the world on a gloriously sunny day.

And a sport which is rarely given the oxygen of publicity was suddenly centre stage, more important for a few hours than the Premier League or an Ashes Test. It summed up much that is best about the Olympics.

Read Holt’s the full article here:
London 2012: Oliver Holt recalls his personal favourite five Olympic moments