"I'd love to be able to get in touch with him now and show him what I have been able to achieve," Scott says. It is to be hoped that, wherever he is now, that coach did in fact later hear of what the lad he turned down achieved, because the fact that no other player on the team had been required to meet the same stipulation suggests that the real reason Scott was refused a place with them was because he has cerebral palsy - and what he achieved is truly remarkable, even by Paralympic standards: having competed in 7-a-side soccer at the 1988 Games he switched to athletics for the 1992 Games, then - having taken up cycling after breaking an ankle - won a gold medal for the 5,000m Time Trial and a silver for the 20km CP Div4 race in 1996 and a gold for the CP Div4 Time Trial and a bronze for the Road Race in 2000. In 2004 he was team captain but gave up his own chances of winning in order that Peter Homann, whom Scott judged to have a better chance of winning the gold in the Sprint, could go through; Homann won and Scott was later awarded a gold medal too for the part he played in the victory. "I already had my gold medal," Scott - who won two more for the road Time Trial and the Individual Pursuit at the Games that year - said, "It's what you do in a team. Peter deserved his chance on the podium."
In 2007, Scott underwent surgery on his spine and then, during recovery, was hit by a car. Nevertheless, he competed at the 2008 Paralympics and won bronze in the Kilo, silver in the Individual Time Trial and gold in the Pursuit before announcing his retirement.
Maurice Blomme, born in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium in this day in 1926, came third in the Junior National Championships of 1946, then won the National Military Road Race Championship and was second in the Pursuit at the Amateur National Track Championships a year later. In 1949 he turned professional with Bianchi-Ursus and Bertin-Wolber, taking third place at the GP des Nations that year; then in 1950 he achieved first (Stage 12), second and third stage finishes at his debut Tour de France, but did not finish the race. He won the GP des Nations that year and was second at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne the next, was second at Gent-Wevelgem (also on Stage 1 at the Tour and overall at the GP des Nations) in 1952 and won the Omloop het van Westen in 1955; continuing to win criteriums through to the end of his professional career in 1959.
Jan Pieterse, born in Oude-Tonge on this day in 1942, rode with the victorious Dutch 100km Team Time Trial squad at the 1964 Olympics. He had won the Österreich-Rundfahrt the previous year, but never enjoyed the same success on the road - and consequently, the fame - as his Olympic team mates Evert Dolman, Bart Zoet and Gerben Karstens.
Other cyclists born on this day: Joop Harmans (Netherlands, 1921); Craig Schommer (USA, 1966); Ángel Noé Alayón (Colombia, 1964); Carlos Pérez (Argentina, 1970); Jože Smole (Yugoslavia, 1965); Antonín Kříž (Czechoslovakia, 1943).