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Olympics snippets August 25, 2008

Posted by Sarah in me, random, women.
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I missed a lot of the Olympics while I was on holiday but I really enjoyed what I saw. Special congratulations go to some of the Belgians who did brilliantly, in particular Tia Hellebaut, who won gold on the high jump, and the women’s 4x100m relay team (Olivia Borlée, Hannah Mariën, Elodie Ouedraogo and Kim Gevaert) who got silver. Hellebaut won the first ever female athletics gold for Belgium, yay!

I’m also a big fan of the gymnastics and was really happy to see Anastasia Liukin win the women’s all-around contest. Her style is very old-school Russian and it’s great to see someone who can combine that kind of elegance with acrobatic ability in this day and age.

I really enjoyed the 10-m platform diving final, won by the Australian Matthew Mitcham. He’s very cool not only for being a fabulous diver but also openly gay in a world that’s not always very accepting (apparently). Wikipedia trivia: Mitcham was the only openly gay man to compete in the Games. There were 9 openly gay women. Huh!

Other than that, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Rafa Nadal, brilliant and so forth. Clap clap.

And now bring on London 2012!

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