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'I got rid of cynicism in UK athletics'

Outside the Booking Office on the upper level at St Pancras Station, a familiar face walks by, looking a little lost.

Inside the Booking Office, the restaurant and bar that leads into the Renaissance Hotel, Charles van Commenee has already arrived. The coach who guided Britain's track and field athletics team Mo Farah, Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Co. to the London Olympics has no idea where his professional life will lead him after his contract with UK Athletics expires next month.

"I pack my belongings into a friend's van and catch the last ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland on 23 December," he says. "Beyond that, I have no idea what I might end up doing. I have a completely open mind. I have no strategy job wise.

"I'm going to spend a few weeks in Amsterdam, just to relax a bit. Then I'm going to travel a bit. I'm going to South America for a month or so."

"Whereabouts in South America?" one naturally enquires. At the end of London 2012,van cleef arpels clover necklace replica, when van Commenee was considering pleas for him to stay on at UK Athletics, there was talk that he was being lined up to lead the Brazilian track team at the Rio Olympics.

"In Rio to start with," he says, laughing, " because a good friend of mine lives there. From there, I'm going to do other trips to Chile and to Buenos Aires. "You shouldn't do that," van Commenee says. "It's purely coincidence. It really is."

But if the chance presented itself,clover necklace van cleef replica, would the 54 year old Dutchman not be interested in guiding the home athletics team for a second successive Games? "It's so unlikely," he says, "because of the language. I could only do that job properly if I could have meaningful conversations and I can only do that in Dutch and English."

It is not difficult to imagine van Commenee's classic observations getting somewhat lost in translation: that the public perception of Britain's injury prone athletes was that they were a bunch of "pussies and wankers"; that Twitter was a medium "for clowns and attention seekers with too much time on their hands." Neither is it difficult to imagine the British sporting landscape being quite the same without the headline grabbing pearls of wisdom from the straight talking Amsterdammer.

Ironically, the main reason that van Commenee is getting ready to pack his bags and step into an uncertain future is precisely because he has succeeded in altering that pussyfooting mindset and indeed the public perception of Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers. At the centre of his attack on the lax attitudes that went before was his instilling of a no excuse culture that ultimately extended to his own door. While UK Sport set Britain's athletes a medal target of between five and eight for London 2012, van Commenee set the bar at eight and said he would walk away if it was not achieved. Despite being urged to reconsider after his team finished with six, he stuck to his guns.

Four of those were golds, so CVC achieved what his most celebrated track and field compatriot FBK Fanny Blankers Koen famously accomplished at a London Olympics. "That's true," he says, laughing. "Success can be measured in many different ways. And I would say that if you look at all the factors from every angle it was a success.

"But the thing is I have been very clear throughout these four years about what targets mean and the difference between a target and an expectation and a prediction and an ambition. Then the question came all the time, 'What happens if you don't hit the target?' So I said, 'I will leave.'

"I could easily have answered all the time, 'If it doesn't happen, we will look into the reasons why we didn't hit the target. Then we will make changes and adjustments.' Which is fair. That's what happens 99 out of 100 times.

"But I wanted to make a clear statement about these things because it helped and still helps the new culture of no excuses and sanctions. In other words accountability is important, and I wanted to put my credibility and my destiny on the line saying, 'Guys, this is a serious business. We need to change here. And I will lead.'

"The leader has to lead by example. And I wanted to make this a big thing during these four years. Now, I have to take the consequences too, because if I don't I'll set the wrong example by saying that there is an excuse. That's exactly the message I don't want to give.

"At the moment a number of staff are in the process of losing their jobs and it would be almost impossible for me if I would have stayed in my position despite missing the target.

"Working in athletics, in high performance environment, is not a comfortable thing. If you want to have a comfortable life you probably have to work in your own garden or in a library. But when it is high performance you have to beat others, with the whole world watching.

"That's a very uncomfortable place to be. And British athletics has been comfortable for many decades. That has changed,replica van cleef red clover necklace. It is clear that there is a high degree of accountability in British athletics. I think the cynicism has gone. People have high expectations. The athletes understand there is no place for excuse."

There is no doubt that van Commenee has transformed British athletics in his four years as head coach at UK Athletics following on from his past success here in making Denise Lewis an Olympic champion and Kelly Sotherton an Olympic heptathlon bronze medallist. Indeed, he transformed it to such an extent that a 50 per cent improvement on the medal front from Beijing was deemed to be a failure in his eyes and that British records were set in 11 different events this year (compared to three in 2008).

In doing so, he also became the subject of a cult parody on Twitter. Not that anyone has managed to discover the identity of the tweeter whose posts as 'Charles van Comedy' have brought much amusement to van Commenee.

"I like that that nobody knows," he says. "It's a good mystery."

The same could be said of the future of the Dutchman who will always get a name check when the 2012 credits roll rather like his brother. If you look closely, you will see Andre van Commenee's name on screen at the end of Indiana Jones and The Empire of The Sun.

"My brother is a physiotherapist who by chance got one of the world's leading stuntmen as a patient in Amsterdam," Charles explains. "Andre ended up being contracted to work with Steven Spielberg and moved out to Hollywood."

As for the next professional move for van Commenee himself, we shall have to wait and see.

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Rock legend Gary Glitter seduced one of his fans when she was 14, a court has been told at his trial for sexual offences against an underage girl.

John Royce, QC, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court that the singer was first introduced to the girl in 1976 when she was 11.

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"Everyone in Jerry's family said I was just dating him on the rebound after I broke up with Mike [Harrison]," said Pirone, straightening the same wedding gown worn years earlier by her mother,replica van cleef inspired necklace, who reluctantly agreed to let Madeline wear it. "So we felt like we had to see each other in secret, just like in that movie Romeo And Juliet, until Jerry was just like, 'Screw this, let's just get married and nobody will be able to tell us what to do.'"

Friends of the bride and groom masked their true feelings throughout the reception, peppering their conversation with comments like, "Yes, we're very happy for the both of them,van cleef necklaces replica," and "No, really, we're very happy."

"When Jerome's high school shop teacher, Mr. Kyzlowski, came through the receiving line, he said it looked like Jerome had really grown up in the last few years," said Patricia Sykes, the groom's mother. "And I guess I had to agree technically is a man now."

Pirone's maternal grandmother, Mary Ellen O'Rourke, who after every meeting with Sykes said she "[doesn't] like that boy," was especially impressed with the wedding.

"The flowers were so beautiful," O'Rourke said. "Very pretty flowers."

"I told Madeline I was totally jealous of her," said maid of honor Roxanne David, who in March repeatedly warned Pirone that Sykes was sleeping with one of their friends. "I told her she looked so beautiful, and that Jerry is going to make her the happiest woman on the planet. What else was I supposed to say?"

Not everyone paid lip service to the couple's prospects.

"If those two last more than a year, I'll sell my dentures,replica van cleef and arpels 10 motif necklace," said Maria Van Kamp, 58, the harpist at the reception. "I've played a lot of weddings, and I can usually tell who's going to make it. Usually,van cleef and arpels necklace sale replica, if the groom is drunk and hitting on a bridesmaid, and the bride threatens to call off the wedding twice during the rehearsal dinner, it's a pretty good sign that they're not going the distance."
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