OUR SAY: Same hard lessons learnt every four years
IT SEEMS to be a lesson Australians need to re-learn every four years - it's a big sporting world out there.
We fancy ourselves as a sporting nation, and not without some evidence, but we are not the only one on this diverse planet.
And it seems to take the Olympic Games to teach us that over and over again.
Our Olympic team went to Rio accompanied by predictions of great success after a stuttering performance in London in 2012.
But what we seem to fail to remember is that many nations go to the Games with similar expectations and equal determination.
Our swimmers have been shown that fact in the first week, with many expected to excel coming up short of their, and our, golden expectations.
Some such as Kyle Chalmers have emerged as new-born stars, but the standards set around the world are difficult to match.
That is not to say our team hasn't tried its hardest or been poorly prepared. Little more could have been done to get ready for the sports extravaganza.
But when your are competing against the likes of superstars such as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, not to mention many other sporting giants, our expectations can get ahead of reality.
I wonder if we will ever remember the lesson