No wonder the cyclists won so many medals in Beijing.
He told his story quietly but with such underlying passion and determination that the effect was mesmerising.
It underlined the vital role played by excellent coaches and back-up teams and how badly our athletes need them if they are to continue to succeed at the elite level in general and the Olympics in particular.
I think it was the word ‘determination’ that came across so emphatically. He and his team were utterly determined to succeed and the strategy they embraced to achieve that goal was cold, ruthless and deadly. If you didn’t make the grade you were out. No hard feelings, no bitterness; that was the deal.
We need more Dave Brailsfords in all walks of life. But, in the meantime, let’s just hope we can replicate him in all the other Olympic and Paralympic sports because that certainly would lead to more success at London 2012.
By Karen Earl on November 7th, 2008