These are some of the things I know for sure about the Olympics.
- I know that London is going to struggle to match the spectacle of the Beijing Opening Ceremony, and probably shouldn't even try to compete.
- I know that Michael Phelps is a machine, and I know that I've been making the mistake of eating his diet without doing his exercise for far too long. (Joke, by the way. Honest.)
- I know that the pressure of 1.3 billion people's expectations resting on one man's shoulders is too much for anyone to bear.
- I know that no other countries need to bother turning up to the velodrome in four years time.
- I know that despite this, none of the cyclists will get more than a passing mention come December and SPOTY.
- I know that if we can stay in third in the medals table, and be behind second place by less than one Michael Phelps-worth of medals, there should be an open top bus tour when the athletes return.
- I know that our success is really winding the Australian media up, though the general populace doesn't really seem all that concerned, as long as Australia is doing well.
Qualifications required to survive in Australia: Sense of humour (check).
I also know that the New York Times medal map is one of the most visually pleasing ways of representing data that I've ever seen. And believe me, I've seen some web dashboards in my time!