Is this a bit of a joke, Cadel has hardly set the Olympics on fire as a MTBer or road racing, he's not even guaranteed to be there yet and I suspect he's more focused on Paris than London at the moment. Is this just a bit of a publicity stunt or does Cadel deserve the honour of leading out the team at the opening ceremony.
Personally I think there are many more worthy athletes to be considered before Cadel.
Yes I heard Mr Clarke but how can you trust a man who calls himself Oz's Greatest athlete - he's a Kiwi and a very funny one. Sounds like he has put a lot of work and his heart into the series. Clive I agree that with some sports the college system in the USA did support some athletes but not all. In some sports like Basketball/Ice Hockey the college system actually supplied the whole teams which as a result was not the best team the US could put out. The majority of sports though were not covered by sports scholarships into College until much later and often these athletes had to get into college on merit rather than sporting prowess. But I do take your point.
Anna Meares for me!
No offence to Cadel, he is a killer athlete and I will be cheering for him in what ever discipline he rides in and no doubt Cadel has been able to achieve a top feat in the TDF, but Anna has been to a number of Olympics already with a stash of medals and is more deserving of that honour.
if you look at it from an inspirational point of view, Cadel has done a lot for cycling, whilst he may not have done a fat lot at the olympics, he will have inspired the people who are there, so maybe that's why he's on the list to carry the flag. What other Australia has won the TDF and been ranked number 1 in the UCI rankings for both MTB and road cycling?
I did not say that Mr Crick - check who you are logged in as next time!
No doubting his cycling credentials but i think the flag bearer should be someone who has the Olympics as there number one goal in life/sport. Cadel would put the Olympics well down his list of priorities I expect, someone like Natalie Cook or Andrew Hoy may not be as well known or inspirational to most but they live and breathe for the Olympics asit is the pinnacle of what they wish to achieve. For most (if not all) cyclists the Grand Tours, monument races and WC are all above the Olympics.
Sod the Olympics. The Tour de France is far more interesting and Cadel should be concentrating on the latter.
I suspect that there are more worthy Olympic athletes but my guess this is about showing other nations our most recent champion. As its been 4 years since the last Olympics and who outside Australia (who bothers with swimmers?) knows the names of our champs? The European nations (those who can actually buy tickets and attend) will know who Cadell is?