YOU KNOW you’ve done a good job when the Queen, no less, offers her “warmest congratulations” for a “remarkable achievement”.
That was one of the tributes paid to our conquering heroes and heroines as they flew back from Brazil. Such was the euphoria, it was a wonder they needed a plane.
Having exceeded even our wildest expectations following a pulsating fortnight in Rio, Britain’s record-breaking Olympics team were given a fitting heroes’ welcome.
More than 300 athletes and support staff touched down at Heathrow in a specially-chartered Boeing 747 complete with a gold nose cone and a “victoRIOus” livery, in homage to the team’s record 67 medal haul. Of course, the team aboard included our Yorkshire stars.
Leeds’s Nicola Adams, the first British boxer since 1924 to win successive golds, and double gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock led the triumphant team off the plane amid jubilant scenes.
Our Olympians deserve all the praise and accolades that come their way for the herculean exploits that so enthralled the nation.
But the party is far from over. In a fortnight’s time we have the Paralympics when the likes of Yorkshire’s Hannah Cockroft will be going for gold once again. And if it’s half as good as the London Games we will be in for a treat.
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