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.
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London 2012: Oliver Holt recalls his personal favourite five Olympic moments