Britain's greatest Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave, has said that he was "very emotional" when he carried the Torch into the Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
The five-times Olympic rowing champion told BBC Breakfast: "It was very special.
I must admit I probably knew about 10 days before. I'm looking forward now to not being asked questions such as 'Are you lighting the torch, or the cauldron?'
"I suppose the questions now will be 'Are you putting out the cauldron?' - I've not had that phone call yet."
He said that when he entered the stadium there was an "absolutely amazing atmosphere".
He added: "There was a line-up of construction workers on the site, suited and booted, it was very emotional for them and for me."
Olympians living with diabetes from across the globe !! Here it is, the brilliant Olympians with diabetes picture by Simon Gumble. Please tag and share with people to help raise awareness.
From top left, clockwise:
Gary Hall, USA, Swimming, T1
Michel Jelinski , Poland, Rowing, T1
Moises Aldape,...Mexico, Cycling, Rides for Team Type 1 (Non D)
Sir Steve Redgrave, GBR, Rowing, T2
Pam Fernandes, Paralympic, USA, Cycling, T1
Barney Storey, Paralympic, GBR, Cycling, T1
Vegard Stake Laengen, Norway, Cycling, Rides for Team Type 1 (Non D)
Matthias Steiner, Germany, Weightlifter, T1
Kevin Hansen, USA, Volleyball, T1
Chris Jarvis, Canada, Rowing, T1
Glen Chadwick, NZ,Cycling, Rides for Team Type o
...I am biased/proud :) Canadian Chris Jarvis , Rower , Team Diabetes Alumna ...ps we did the 2009 Victoria Marathon together...he did the full ; I did the 1/2 ...crossed the finish line practicly at same time,ha, ha
Thank you very much Nel!
nel, you are a wonder!
If I could add my two cents worth: Like Sir Steve, I was a 30-something diagnosed with sudden-onset diabetes in the UK system. I was told I was T2 and seen by some pretty eminent metabolism experts doing ground-breaking research in the field. They were so excited by my various metabolic derangements that none of them bothered to look at my antibody test results. It was only when I got pregnant that the antenatal diabetes doctor looked carefully through my file and told me I had tested off-the-chart for antibodies.
I agree with Melitta that there is the possibility he has been misdiagnosed. However as it stands, we don't know his antibody test results and he's obviously OK with telling the world that he is T2.
On a tangent, I wonder how Sir Steve deals with the kind of stupid questions that many diabetics (of any and all types) get when other people find out. Do ignorant people ever say to him, oh your diabetes would go away if you exercised and ate right....
LOL "if you exercised..."
OK....pardon my ignorance, or my lack of grasp...but pray tell, why is it so likely that he has been misdiagnosed??? I don't get it...please enlighten me.
Thanks for clarifying things Gareth. I just seemed that folks were in disbelief that he would be a type 2 vs a type 1.
My point is...
Why not a type 2! Some type 2s are fit & thin, and have lost substantial weight prior to dx. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are a type 1 misdiagnosed as a type 2!!
Why is it assumed that he was diagnosed incorrectly?!
Yes...I am one of those skinny type 2!! ;)
Silly Gareth...I wasn't plugging for compliments lol
Just emphasizing that I know first hand how frustrating it is to be a thin type 2 and always having people assume that...
1) I'm a type 1
2) I should be re-tested
3) "but you don't look diabetic"
4) I'm thin, so that means I nave "the bad diabetes"
5) etc etc etc
Hi Linda: I am not assuming that Sir Steve was misdiagnosed, but I am saying it is quite likely. Sir Steve was 35 years old at diagnosis, extremely lean and fit, and was immediately put on exogenous insulin. That's not classic Type 2, but that is textbook Type 1. The problem as I see it is that most doctors simply label any adult with a fasting BG >125 mg/dl (new-onset diabetes) as having Type 2 diabetes, rather than doing the investigative work to find out what disease the person actually has (it is just a myth that Type 1 diabetes is a childhood disease, but many, many doctors have bought into that myth). In numerous scientific studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals, more than 50% of "thin Type 2s" have been found to be autoantibody positive and in fact have Type 1 autoimmune diabetes. I have written a number of blogs on the problem of misdiagnosis, including one on the medical misdiagnosis of insulin-deficient diabetes. Many people here on TuD, including me, founder Manny Hernandez, and Board Prez Donna Hill were misdiagnosed as having Type 2 when we all have Type 1.
I was dx around 5o....but yes, I know where you're coming from!