Nova 106.9’s Susie O’Neill gets emotional on-air watching her last 2000 Summer Olympics race

Staff Writer

The evening of September 20 at the Sydney 200 Olympic Games will always be remembered for the 200m butterfly final.

Susie O’Neill was the unbackable favourite to win gold. She came second, and has never ever been able to watch what becme her final race.

But that all changed this week on her rating Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie breakfast show on Nova 106.9.

O’Neill was invited by her on-air colleague Ash Bradnam to face her fears, and watch the last race.

What follows is a raw and emotional insight into the mind of an elite athlete.

And an uncomfortable awareness of the pressures that elite sport places on people.

“My default is … my default is I just want to crack a joke,” O’Neill says.

“I know it’s only a swimming race and I know in my head I didn’t fail, but with that I just see failure.

“I felt like this was my race, home crowd and to come second for me is failure.”

Susie O'Neill watches her Sydney Olympics 200m Butterfly final for the first time

On the nineteenth anniversary of the Sydney Olympics, our own Susie O'Neill AKA Madame Butterfly sits down to watch her 200m Butterfly final for the very first time…

Posted by Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie on Sunday, 15 September 2019

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