Confound grumps like Five-Centres, who seems to think that because most of our Olympians are involved in sport which doesn't get much publicity the rest of the time, that this somehow makes our most successful competitors less newsworthy when they do well.
Rebecca Adlington's training regime to get to the gold medal in the 400m freestyle is unspeakably hard. 5am starts, two hours in the pool, two hours in the gym, two more hours in the pool, carefully chosen lunch, rest, two more hours in the pool, carefully chosen dinner, early night. Training on Christmas Day. Abstention from any sort of social life. Alcohol? Not on your nelly. Making friends only with those ploughing up and down the water with her. Consistently smelling of chlorine. Forever having to watch what she eats and which medications and supplements she's allowed to take.
She will have undertaken this sort of regime ever since her potential was spotted and she's had up to four years of putting her life on hold for the glorious moment when she took on the world and won. Here we can relive it...
The joy and rapture in her face when she saw the final placings encapsulated that moment perfectly - all those months and years of sheer hard work and sacrifice had paid off - and then churls like F-C whinge about it.
My blood is boiling!
Rebecca has a gold medal which is hers forever and ever. The UK has few female Olympians who have struck gold so even the biggest killjoys like F-C should be prepared to shrug and say well done. Or keep quiet. Or take up a sport and see how long they last before they return to the crisps, beer, telly and criticism.
Cuh. And to think I like him too...