FIRST God created man – then he had a better idea. Step forward superwoman Lizzy Yarnold – our only 2018 Olympic gold medal winner.
PyeongChang 2018 is over so let’s look back at the highs for our brave Brits abroad.
UK Sport set Team GB the target of at least four medals to equal our all-time record and a ridiculous stretch target of 10 at the recent Winter Games.
Ten was always going to be a long shot, so five is a pretty mean achievement, or to coin a snowboarding term – gnarly!
To put it into context Britain won four medals at Sochi 2014, equalling the 1924 haul from Chamonix.
Dom Parsons set the ball rolling with a bronze in the skeleton, before Team GB added a Winter Super Saturday to the London 2012 summer one.
For the first time in the cold GB took three gongs in a single day. And in another first Izzy Atkin won our first medal on skis with bronze in the slope-style. Yarnold then retained her skeleton title and team-mate Laura Deas joined her on the podium in third.
And wrapping things up was Billy Morgan who in true Brit style was pushed home in a shopping trolley after celebrating his surprise snowboarding bronze.
His event – Big Air – is a new obsession of mine. But my favourite exercise of all time is a cross between a lunge and a crunch . . . I call it lunch.
MANCHESTER CITY won the first silverware of the season – lifting the Carabao Cup after an embarrassingly easy 3-0 win over Arsenal.
From the moment Sergio Aguero took advantage of some weak defending in the 18th minute it was a foregone conclusion.
Skipper Vincent Kompany picked the perfect moment to score his first of the season before David Silva joined the scoring party.
Gunners fans were apoplectic with the team’s performance as their players collectively looked as happy and comfortable on the big Wembley pitch as a pod of killer whales at Seaworld.
Boss Arsene Wenger has been under pressure seemingly since time began but the Frenchman must really be teetering on the brink this time.
AND finally this season’s Europa League is like last season’s – except on steroids!
In 2016-17 winners Manchester United were ‘battling’ Krasnodar, Gent, Genk, Rostov, APOEL, Anderlecht, Copenhagen, Celta Vigo, Ajax, Schalke, Monchengladbach, Lyon, Roma, Olympiakos and Besiktas.
To lift the cup Jose Mourinho’s men beat Saint-Etienne, Rostov, Anderlecht, Celta Vigo and Ajax in the knock-out stages. Hardly standing on the shoulders of giants.
In contrast Arsenal have just drawn the might of AC Milan. And if they get past that then they could be up against another big side with Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, CSKA Moscow, Marseille and Lyon all still lurking.
It really doesn’t compare and highlights just how fortunate United were – you could say they had the luck of the (Red) Devil.