MOST MEMORABLE EVER OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS
James Haskell, England rugby international
The most memorable moment for me was Michael Phelps winning eight-gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, surpassing fellow American swimmer’s Mark Spitz's amazing seven-gold performance at Munich in 1972. It was such an amazing individual performance; to keep pushing yourself through each gruelling stage; qualifying semis and then the finals; returning every day, staying completely focused and delivering every time irrespective of the opposition; never looking stressed or over-worked.
However the most appalling episode that stands out for me, as it encompasses all that is bad in sport, was the incident involving Angel Matos of Cuba deliberately kicking a referee square in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal match. In the heat of battle we have all been tempted to kick the ref from time to time but you don’t actually ever do it!