An old foe reemerges and delivers a dagger.
Disbelief, depression and despondency are spreading across Australia, today, as the surf mad nation was tumbled to a make-believe medal at the just-wrapped World Junior Surfing Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The host nation, surprising absolutely no one, took gold. Brazil, which is of course the world’s preeminent surf power and especially at home, locked in individual golds for boys under eighteen plus swinging two surfers into the boys under sixteen finals.
The United States of America, long forgotten on the international surf scene, greatly surprised by winning team silver and three individual medals, all by women.
Japan, though, was the big story, taking individual gold in the girls under eighteen division thus securing team bronze and sending Australia to team copper.
Since when was fourth place “copper” a thing?
Is “copper” the new participation trophy?
Whatever the case, Sierra Kerr won the only Australian individual medal, gold for girls under sixteen, and told the gathered international press, “It feels so good. I’ve been thinking about this one since last year and this was one I really wanted to win. I was so excited to pull it off.”
But let’s be honest, here. Even though Sierra’s father is Australia’s own Josh Kerr, her mother is Nikki, an American, and we all know that nationality passes to the children via the mother.
And so, really, no individual golds for Australia which likely even erases the ersatz “copper.”
Do you think there will be wholesale change as to how juniors are developed down under or will the babies be thrown out with the bathwater?
More as the story develops.