Olympic Gold medalist Dean Woods read his own eulogy when he briefly lifted the spirits of the mourners with a video message at his own funeral. The Australian cyclist was the one who told his own life story before his death, he was only 55 years old.
The 1984 cycling champion tragically died of cancer earlier this month. Woods’ funeral took place in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia, and he appeared in the video in the costume in which he was buried.
“I’m well prepared, even though I’m in the box in front of you,” he said, causing laughter in some of those present. “It will be a suit in which I will be put in a box. (I have) even a torch … there in case it gets dark. I’ve had a rather unusual life, it’s quite difficult for someone to document it in a simple way, so the best person for that is me. “
It was the first time Megan, his wife and their three children saw the video. Megan talked to The Herald Sun. last week and wants to focus on the wonderful memories she had with her husband.
Although it was a very emotional moment, Meegan was excited to see Woods ’face at the funeral again, albeit virtually. “We are devastated,” she said. “I think that as soon as we get home and dive into the middle of things, the silence will be deafening.
“Probably a month ago I came home from work and left my phone at home. It was the middle of the day and he was in a suit. And we are in Gold Coast, so hot, so I thought something was wrong.
“I asked him, ‘Where are you going?’ and he said, “Nowhere.” So I said, “Why are you in your shirt?” and he said, “Yeah. This is my outing. ” Woods had a successful cycling career, and his final moment came with teammates Michael Grand, Kevin Nichols and Michael Tourtour when they won the team pursuit race in the 4,000m at the Los Angeles Games, winning the U.S. Finals 86 seconds.
Commenting on his team’s epic victory, he said Border post office in 2004: “The press did not expect high expectations from us, but we thought we would be fine. We had a close team. ” He also won silver and bronze medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and another medal for third place in 1996.
He also won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, two in 1986 and one in 1994. On Australia Day in 1985, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Merit in Cycling.