I really felt for her after watching the documentary. Not entirely convinced she wants to be in cycling any more and is just doing it to satisfy the team, who've obviously put a lot in to her. Hope after the Olympics she can step away from the sport and enjoy a normal life with her other half.
Was a good insight in to how much support etc goes in to an athlete. A lot of time and money just to try and get a medal at sporting events. Got me wondering if it is worth it. What gain can be had from getting a medal. Encouraging more people in to the support?
I couldn't get whether the audience were just seeing one side / perspective, just because of the programme maker's slant.
Some of the comments of the team hinted it, yet it didn't really manifest in the programme - and my suspicion is that that was due to the story they were trying to tell.
Nobody gets to that level, trains like that, and performs like that without being incredibly driven. It's not just pure ability that gets people there any more, they already all have that, it's natural ability, plus a helluva lot of hard work - and the programme showed little or no of the drive that I feel must be there, and the team hinted was.
One thing it did show, though, was how psychologically fragile people in that situation can be - whether that's purely a product of their history, expectation and pressure, or inherent, I'm unsure, but the hint of "It's all in your head..." type issues, and the influence / help from a psychological standpoint, seemed quite key at times.
To see her beat her rival, earlier this year (I haven't closely followed her career or performances) was a nice touch, and showed some psychological robustness - even if some of it was as much about rules as performance. But I liked the way she seemed to try and better her because
she'd tried to intimidate Pendleton on track, was something that showed some guts.