"I’m Madam Butterfly, that’s my nickname, this is my race.” Susie O’Neill | radioinfo

"I’m Madam Butterfly, that’s my nickname, this is my race.” Susie O’Neill

Monday 16 September, 2019
Olympic swimming great Susie O'Neill reveals in an emotional video how she felt a failure after her last race in her signature event.
 
On September 20, 2000, she was the unbackable favourite to win gold in the 200m Butterfly swimming event at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
 
She came second and she has never ever been able to watch what was her final race… until now.
 
Susie, one of Australia’s most honoured athletes of all time, and now one of the breakfast announcers on Brisbane’s Nova 106.9, was invited by her on-air colleague, Nova’s Ash Bradnam, to face her fears, watch her last race in her signature event and share her thoughts.
 
What follows is a raw and emotional insight into the mind of an elite athlete, and an uncomfortable awareness of the pressures that elite sport places on people.
 
Watching the race for the first time Susie says “I know it’s only a swimming race but when I look at that, I see failure. I’m still trying to find reasons 19 years later.”

 
 
 
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