After Jamaica won the Olympic gold medal in the 4x400 metres relay at Helsinki 1952, the island's Governor decreed a national holiday, But after the day of celebrating came the day of reckoning as many islanders were brought to the courts for breaches of the liquor laws. Their plea? "Helsinki, Your Honour". The local newspaper said that the judge smiled and passed "sporting sentences". In Helsinki, the winning team offered the Duke of Edinburgh a drink to help their celebrations. They possessed no drinking glasses but found a toothbrush tumbler. Cheerfully the Duke joined in.
We’re introducing this role to lead on the strategic and operational planning of broadcast and media operations for the tournament. Effectively championing collaborative internal and external stakeholder relationships, adopting an outcome focused approach and leading and motivating the broadcast and media operations team will be pivotal in this role.
The stories of the Jamaican bobsled team and the British ski jumper Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards from Calgary 1988 led to two Hollywood movies being made and, 30 years later, have inspired a generation of new unlikely Olympians at Pyeongchang 2018