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Blog 63: Goodbye, Tokyo!

Tokyo 2020 is finished. Let's recap the victories, controversies and notable moments from this unorthodox Olympics. From day one, Tokyo 2020 promised to be unlike any other previous Games with its empty stadiums, infamous cardboard beds and controversial costs. But as the days went along, more and more topics of conversation emerged, proving once again that the Olympic Games are more than a sporting event.   Scottish success Team GB placed fourth in the Olympic medal count this year, with 65 shiny, brand-new medals to add to the collection. Scottish athletes took home 16 medals, which is an outstanding contribution we…
Eszter Tárnai
August 10, 2021
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Blog 62: Get in the Zone

"For me, it's not about pumping really loud music, it’s more about being relaxed and embracing those nerves. Seeing them more as adrenaline and something that will spur you on. You have those nerves because you care."  Stephanie Davis, is competing in the Marathon in the 2021 Olympics for Team GB, she shared with us at SWIS, her story.  The Olympics trials were suppose to be part of the London Marathon in 2020, which for obvious reasons didn't go ahead, meaning Steph was forced to do her try-out, behind closed doors. Talk about pressure (spoiler: she made it): "Covid has…
Hannah Scott
July 30, 2021
OlympicsScottish Women in Tokyo

Blog 61: More than the athletes

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially started! Here, you can access the official schedule and cheer for the first-ever female-dominated Team GB. Sadly, this milestone doesn't translate to staff. Yesterday's opening ceremony was historical. Not only because athletes from 205 countries and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team marched into the near-empty Japan National Stadium, but because for the first time ever, Team GB, the United States, China, Canada, and Australia all sent more female athletes than males. The wider picture is, however, that Olympic staff members are still overwhelmingly male.  It is in this environment that Sarah Wilson has umpired the bronze match at Rio 2016, which…
Eszter Tárnai
July 24, 2021
Olympics

Blog 59: Getting ready

In 13 days, Tokyo will capture the world's attention and the Olympic cauldron will finally be lit (however unconventionally) after a one-year delay. More than ten thousand athletes around the globe are getting ready for their time to shine after an incredibly challenging year.  To understand the sea of emotions and mountain of pressure they are under, Britain's joint most decorated female Olympian, former rower and current chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger reminisces and gives advice to the new generation. She remembers having been a nervous, rosy-cheeked twenty-something 13 days before her Olympic debut, wondering what will happen. 'By now, pretty much all…
Eszter Tárnai
July 10, 2021