Cosgrove, the arch-spruiker, dipped his lid. “Anna Meares gave a brilliant address, showing us she’s not only a champion of her sport, but a fine leader.” He added his own exhortation: “From this point on, you are an Olympian,” he said. “That goes with  you for the rest of your life: you are automatically to be admired for what have done, and what you will do.”He also said that after millions and millions of words, it was time for deeds. They, too, have their limits. Hyperbole is one. Asked if Cosgrove’s words would have driven him to get into the trenches (presumably with his gun), Repacholi, a bear of man, replied: “That scares me!”Australia has had a rough start to its Olympic campaign, with the Matilda’s losing 2-0 to Canada and conceding the fastest ever goal in Olympic women’s football history.