Many deluded souls think an Olympic Medal, particularly a Gold represents that a competitor has reached the pinnacle of their chosen sport.
There are all kinds of additional hurdles that prevent that happening and I am disregarding the Quadrenniel Chemists competition that runs concurrently with the IOC effort.
At the Bejing games New Zealand had arguably the top two single scullers in the world, Drysdale and Waddell but we could only start one of them in the Olympic event.
Football or as some still call it, Soccer, is competed for by Under 23 National sides with a clause that allows a couple of older players to assist in a move to maintain an acceptable level of competition.
At this years London festival it was revealed to me for the first time, that the cross country standard of difficulty was reduced to around the 3 star standard of difficulty.
Burghley and Badminton in England, Kentucky (US), Luhmuhlen (Germany), Stars of Pau (Fr) and the Australian International 3 day events are all rated 4 stars.
That was ostensibly "TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MORE COUNTRIES TO COMPETE".
That is the salient fact that the armchair critics completely missed when Andrew Nicholson's Dressage effort was sabotaged by "an official getting wet". Too bad that Nicholson already had to deal with the rain that was falling but he knew and understood that the dressage score was going to be pivotal. Not the 10% factor it is supposed to be.
The Olympics as the apex of sporting endeavour, I don't think so.