Triumph can mean all sorts of things to all sorts of people. It could mean triumph in a difficult exam, triumph in talking to someone in a foreign language and being understood or triumph over a phobia. For me, however, triumph suggests the drama and tension of sport, snatching victory from a rival, and so I have two photos for this week’s theme – one from Siena and one from Rome.
The Siena Palio is raced twice a year, once in July and once in August, with 10 runners and riders taking part each time. The race is a triumph of tradition as the Palio takes over the seventeen city centre contradas or districts for weeks with flags, candelabra, street parties and practice runs. And everyone is competing for the silk palio, a unique hand painted banner, that is then paraded around town by the winners well into the wee-small hours of the night! Its a spectacular event and well worth a trip.
My second photo is a triumph of sporting prowess and dogged determination as Italy beat France for only the second time in their history every at their Six Nations Rugby Union meeting at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico in February 2013. Not only was Italy the underdog of the game, but the French were favourites to win the entire tournament that year, so this was a tough game going in. This wasn’t a game for the faint-hearted though, either on the pitch or off, as Italy and France took turns in the lead over and over again. And it went right to the wire too. Italy pulled ahead with a try just 12 minutes before full-time and faced an onslaught from France as they desperately tried to recover their lead. But the grit and determination of the Italians finally led them to triumph 23 – 18 over the French for a historic victory and a very memorable day for all!
So what does triumph mean to you? What has been your biggest triumph? Leave me a comment and let me know – I look forward to hearing how you’ve triumphed over the years!