spectators / 観客の存在

February 21, 2012

31 March 1962, German Democratic Republic
Cycling World Championship

It was interesting watching the Track Cycling World Cup highlights on TV this past weekend. Several athletes mentioned that they were supported by the spectator’s cheers a lot, especially when they were almost burnt out towards their goal.  It seems that cheers make a difference to achieve good competition and new records.

This stamp is showing a lot of spectators in a velodrome – although their faces are a bit expressionless…   I featured another stamp, which is showing spectators alongside the road to support Tour de France racers – in this case, they are more animated with their arms raised.

トラックレースの中継やハイライトを観ていて印象に残ったのは、レーサー達が観客の声援に励まされたことを繰り返しインタビュアーに話したことです。6000人の観客が立ち上がって応援したイギリス選手達がよい結果を残したのも、偶然ではないのでしょう。競技場では、選手たちはたくさんの応援者を代表して頑張るわけですね。

この切手も自転車競技場の観客の顔が選手のうしろにびっしり描き込まれていますが、表情にとぼしくちょっと怖い。もう一枚、以前に紹介したツールドフランスの切手には、沿道の観客がしっかり盛り上がっている様子が描かれています。

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