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Monday, August 11, 2008

In which Tom Daley hopes to windfall his gush

I was looking at the BBC web site for items to do with the British Olympic team, and I found a piece which initially I couldn't read because I was at work and the firewall was blocking it. So I Googled some key words and got it. Only first of all I found this:


Welcome to the real world Tom Daley!
Posted on 11 August 2008 by MMB Agency

Beijing, copiously Cube

There is no irresolution that Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge were properly underneath their most artistically today, finishing endure of the eight pairs in the 10m synchronised diving ending .

It was frustrating because their aerial arouse and synchronisation was wonderful but they were both displeasing with their entries into the pass water. You apophthegm the Chinese and Russian pairs thriving in with by no means any stain, while our boys weren’t erect and throwing up lots of bespatter. That meant they were penalised heavily by means of the judges and they were altogether a equivalent to off work the gauge in the wind up.

Nerves played their share b evoke. It’s a well event and Tom and Blake are at their from the start Olympics. The other teams in the unalterable had a destiny more savoir vivre and that shone through.

There has been a oversized amount of prominence on Tom but I don’t mull over that had any weight on the acquiesce he performed today. In the one-time insufficient days, the troupe about him - including me as his mentor - beget tried to take under one’s wing him. In actuality, I ended up doing a a mountain of interviews in the interest of the media so he didn’t play a joke on to.

There has been a tremendous amount of prominence on Tom but I don’t ruminate over that had any hold on the temperament he performed today. In the hardly days, the unite nearly him - including me as his mentor - attired in b be committed to tried to safeguard him. I ended up doing a tons of interviews because of the media so he didn’t experience to.

The imbecile truth is that it was unexceptionally a immense quiz after them to drag a medal. It was a in actuality intractable hound and a vast produce. Don’t collect me unjust, I’m desperately let down with a view them. I was hoping in compensation a bronze. They had an demeanour inadvertently b perhaps if people were making mistakes and if they performed at their most - but they didn’t.

I spoke to Tom bluntly after the terminal once he and Blake faced the media scrum. The for the most part on cloud nine’s media seemed to be there scrabbling during a dressing-down of them. My scheme is to allow them a gather and fastener up if things go well later on today.

That execution today - disconcerting as it was - means that there bequeath be more realism from the media and the accessible when it comes to Tom. When it comes to the specific upshot, he can rarely lighten up on, get high on it and windfall his gush. There is no bring pressure to bear on on him whatsoever, and that’s accurately what I’ll be too revealing him.

Distinctive qualifying is not until Friday 22 August , with the absolute the next light of day, so Tom last wishes as beget a hardly days to invite out it nonchalantly and I’ve told him to sample to be afflicted by some of the other events. Pete Waterfield , who’s also in the living soul, is absolutely booming chasing to the GB training camping-site in Macau. every now, being in the Olympic village can appropriate for a hint samey and you require to practise away and liven up up if your in any case’s pronto at the tip.

But Tom’s opted to reinforcement in the village because he wants to be painstaking to his species so they’ll as likely as not suit each other postponed and do some rarity-seeing together, ahead of knuckling down the distinct take a week beforehand.

I don’t make up today’s involvement liking bear anything but a constructive drift on him. It was about no means a cataclysm and he has said all along that this Olympics was far gaining exposure - which is truly what he at the present time has. What pushes you in serious trouble makes you stronger. There was no fairytale today but there will-power be anyone in the approaching.

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Then I found this......
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Welcome to the real world, Tom!
Leon Taylor

Beijing, Water Cube

There is no doubt that Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge were well below their best today, finishing last of the eight pairs in the 10m synchronised diving final.

It was frustrating because their aerial work and synchronisation was fantastic but they were both off with their entries into the water. You saw the Chinese and Russian pairs going in with hardly any splash, while our boys weren't upright and throwing up lots of splash. That meant they were penalised heavily by the judges and they were quite a way off the pace in the end.
Nerves played their part. It's a big occasion and Tom and Blake are at their first Olympics. The other teams in the final had a lot more experience and that shone through.

There has been a massive amount of attention on Tom but I don't think that had any influence on the way he performed today. In the past few days, the team around him - including me as his mentor - have tried to protect him. In fact, I ended up doing a lot of interviews for the media so he didn't have to.

There has been a massive amount of attention on Tom but I don't think that had any influence on the way he performed today. In the past few days, the team around him - including me as his mentor - have tried to protect him. I ended up doing a lot of interviews for the media so he didn't have to.

The simple fact is that it was always a huge ask for them to get a medal. It was a really tough field and a massive occasion. Don't get me wrong, I'm desperately disappointed for them. I was hoping for a bronze. They had an outside chance if people were making mistakes and if they performed at their best - but they didn't.

I spoke to Tom briefly after the final before he and Blake faced the media scrum. The whole world's media seemed to be there scrabbling for a piece of them. My plan is to give them a call and catch up hopefully later on today.

That performance today - disappointing as it was - means that there will be more realism from the media and the public when it comes to Tom. When it comes to the individual event, he can now relax, enjoy it and find his flow. There is no pressure on him whatsoever, and that's exactly what I'll be telling him.

Individual qualifying is not until Friday 22 August, with the final the next day, so Tom will now have a few days to take it easy and I've told him to try to catch some of the other events. Pete Waterfield, who's also in the individual, is actually going back to the GB training camp in Macau. Sometimes, being in the Olympic village can become a bit samey and you need to go away and freshen up if your event's right at the end.

But Tom's opted to stay in the village because he wants to be close to his family so they'll probably go off and do some sight-seeing together, before knuckling down for the individual about a week before.

I don't think today's experience will have anything but a positive effect on him. It was by no means a disaster and he has said all along that this Olympics was about gaining experience - which is exactly what he now has.What pushes you back makes you stronger. There was no fairytale today but there will be one in the future.

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I think the thing I like most about the automated translation of a translation (or whatever it purports to be) is the way the accidentally duplicated paragraph is rendered differently each time. Though "saw" translated as "apophthegm" is pretty damned good too.

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