I woke up and asked myself: "Did Australia win any gold medals this Olympics?" Sadly the answer is a quiet, noooooo!
Why is it that an Australian coach can bring forth a swimmer like Ye Shewin among others but fellow coaches nearby and a plethora of swim talent therein failed to deliver Australia with a gold medal?
I suspect it is some sort of sociology issue. Perhaps the team was overconfident since they looked so good on paper? Perhaps they lacked 'esprit de corps'? Perhaps they did work hard enough?
It seems that those athletes both in America and Australia who were somewhat boastful about their comments delivered less than what was expected.
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Former coach Don Talbot has sent a missile of his own at Nugent, suggesting he toughen up and may be treading too gently with our swimmers, a number of whom have lost control of their emotions this week as result upon result fell against the Australian squad.
Nugent said any suggestion the swimming program lacked discipline was nonsense and he wasn't going to change his approach. Nugent was in charge as Australia won seven gold medals in Athens. In that Games, he had Jodie Henry, Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe up his sleeve. This time all the out-and-out superstars swim for rival nations.
"I'm Leigh Nugent. That's who I am and I'll keep operating that way. Nice guys can make tough decisions. In this capacity, it's about doing the job. I don't really see what nice guy or tough guy has got to do with it," Nugent said.