My edition of Collins' Concise Dictionary and Thesaurus has this as the first definition of the word "Hero":
hero (ˈhɪərəʊ) n. 1. one greatly regarded for achievements or qualities
This summer Britain has gained a fair few of those - and a number have seen their heroic status enhanced. Mo Farah, Jason Kenny, Jessica Ennis, Katherine Grainger, Greg Rutherford, Ben Ainslie were all Heroes of Team GB (&NI) whose achievements will live long in the memory...
Likewise, Nicola Adams, Adam Gemili, Luke Campbell, Jade Jones, Gemma Gibbons, Alan Campbell, Charlotte Dujardin - the list is long, I could go on and on... And that's before mentioning international athletes like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos, Kirani James and Sally Pearson.
The Paralympics have added many, many more names to the list at the (almost) halfway point. Here are just a few of the heroes for Paralympics GB so far, they may not all have won Gold but they do all meet the above definition:
Some great memories and still a week to go...