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Are you Gold standard or back of the pack? New survey reveals Olympic bafflement

60% of people asked had no idea who is in Team GB


Posted: 1 August 2012
by Fiona McKim

Do you remember watching the Olympics as a child? For many parents sitting down together to enjoy the Games with your child is a thrilling experience, which can help you to bond as a family win, lose or draw.

Now that the torch has been lit, the gates to the village thrown open and the much anticipated London 2012 Olympic Games are officially underway, we can all enjoy watching the world's best sporting action with our brood. 

It would seem however that between the hundreds of sporting events taking place at a plethora of venues, The British public are feeling a tad overwhelmed and more than a little confused about the momentous event.

A recent study, commissioned by Halfords, found that of 2,000 adults questioned in July, 60% had no idea who would be in Team GB, managing only hazy recollections of the competitors such as, “The girl holding the union jack around her shoulders” and “The boy who does diving.”

Even those who did have a hunch about who was representing Britain were often rather wide of the mark with one in 20 people believing Linford Christie would be running for gold, and 5% of those asked picking out Coldplay front man Chris Martin as a competitor from a list of 30 names.

When it came to sports on two wheels, the public didn’t fare much better, as the cycling specialists were shocked to report that 45% of respondents were unaware that Sir Chris Hoy is one of our main cycling hopes despite being a triple gold winner in Beijingand being knighted for his achievement. In fact 11% concluded that he was an Olympic rower.

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