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pov
Aug 9th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Post a pic of an athlete (or athletes) whose Olympic success you're happy about. Say what they won and why you're impressed or glad.

pov
Aug 9th, 2012, 03:50 PM
http://www.deseretnews.com/images/article/midres/947957/947957.jpg

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings (USA) Beach Volleyball - Gold

To three-peat is always impressive. Plus as May-Treanor is retiring it's a great coda.

nevetssllim
Aug 9th, 2012, 11:46 PM
Nice idea for a thread. :yeah:

http://i49.tinypic.com/2lmlw5j.jpg

Mine is Katherine Grainger (right) who won the double sculls with Anna Watkins. :) She won silver medals at the past three Olympics and at 36, this was almost certainly her last chance of claiming a gold medal. Definitely one of the feel-good medals of the British team.

As well as being a superb rower, she has a great sense of humour which comes through in her interviews and both of them are studying for doctorates.

pov
Aug 10th, 2012, 03:17 AM
http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/article8026763.ece/ALTERNATES/w460/bolt-2.jpg

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 100m - gold, 200m gold.

The greatest sprinter yet. Nice because coming into this Olympics there was a lot of talk about him not having what it takes anymore.

Sir Stefwhit
Aug 10th, 2012, 03:22 AM
http://media3.onsugar.com/files/2012/08/31/5/192/1922398/gabbyps.xxxlarge/i/Gabby-Douglas-Olympic-Gold-Medal-Pictures.jpg
Gabby Douglas

First African-American to ever win Gold in the All Around. Ended up leaving London with two gold medals!

pov
Aug 10th, 2012, 03:24 AM
http://gamedayr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/USA-Womens-Soccer-2012-Olympics1.jpg

USA Women's Soccer Team - Gold

After losing to Japan in the World Cup on PKs, it was even more that the gold was earned ouright gratifying against Japan.

pov
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:21 AM
http://www.franceinter.fr/sites/default/files/imagecache/scald_image_max_size/2012/08/10/427235/images/2012-08-09T225805Z_1_APAE8781RSV00_RTROPTP_3_OFRTP-JO-ATHLESTISME-20120809.JPG

David Rushida (Kenya) 800m - gold WR

To see a Maasai warrior (honorary) utterly dominate the field was heart-warming . . .and very cool.

ranfurly
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:26 AM
http://wa2.cdn.3news.co.nz/3news/AM/2012/8/9/264836/mark-todd.jpg?width=460

New Zealand Eventer Mark Todd, leading the New Zealand 3 day eventing team to Bronze Medal on the least experienced horse in the field after his original mount was ruled out injured., 28 years after his first Olympic Gold in Las Angeles.

Mikey.
Aug 10th, 2012, 06:33 AM
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/images/uploadedfiles/editorial/pictures/2012/08/09/sally-pearson-gold.jpg

Sally Pearson in the 100m Hurdles.

She just a lovely hard working girl and I'm so happy she has able to find such great success at these Olympics. I think she's our first track gold medallist since Cathy Freeman in 2000 as well!

$uricate
Aug 10th, 2012, 12:59 PM
Aliya Mustafina.

http://img.ksl.com/apimage/8f5698a0-83bf-4551-b389-ec5c7e2ac323.jpg?filter=ksl/pgallery

Silver Women's Team

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c50.0.403.403/p403x403/531232_10150991491918668_1216456434_n.jpg

Bronze Women's AA

http://www.aliyamustafina.ru/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/ruOczp3XZQE.jpg

Gold Women's UB

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20120807/all/l6164044.jpg

Bronze Women's Floor

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8ftrh3hLB1ro2wrqo1_500.jpg

Most decorated gymnast of 2012 Olympics :bowdown:

She exceeded everyone's expectations on every event and medalled in every event she qualified for :)

Also, she did it with style.

McPie
Aug 10th, 2012, 01:15 PM
http://savemisc.com/threads/images/84ea8274a7439e9d8da8c69ceb20cd09.jpg

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/media/5937700/Ruta-Meilutyte-main.jpg

http://business-review.ro/wp-content/uploads/Sandra-Izbasa_vault-400x300.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/551097_449919828385856_47702078_n.jpg

http://www.innnews.co.th/images/news/2012/34/395920-01.jpg

;)

pov
Aug 10th, 2012, 03:27 PM
^ Who are those athletes?

RenaSlam.
Aug 10th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Aliya Mustafina.

http://img.ksl.com/apimage/8f5698a0-83bf-4551-b389-ec5c7e2ac323.jpg?filter=ksl/pgallery

Silver Women's Team

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c50.0.403.403/p403x403/531232_10150991491918668_1216456434_n.jpg

Bronze Women's AA

http://www.aliyamustafina.ru/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/ruOczp3XZQE.jpg

Gold Women's UB

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20120807/all/l6164044.jpg

Bronze Women's Floor

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8ftrh3hLB1ro2wrqo1_500.jpg

Most decorated gymnast of 2012 Olympics :bowdown:

She exceeded everyone's expectations on every event and medalled in every event she qualified for :)

Also, she did it with style.

Also, she did it with bitchiness.

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:20 PM
http://www.malaysiandigest.com/images/Pandelela_Rinong_bronze.jpg
Amazing feat out of bottom (#10 after first 3 dives) to get to bronze medal position in just 2 dives for Women 10m platform diving.:worship:

nevetssllim
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:39 PM
^ Who are those athletes?

First one is Komova, second one is Meilutyte. Not sure about the rest.

Mynarco
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Chad Le Clos
http://images.supersport.com/Chad-le-Clos-silver-120803G640.jpg
100m Butterfly

http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1198441.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/Chad+le+Clos+
200m Butterfly

My body is ready

eck
Aug 11th, 2012, 12:06 AM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/4184602-16x9-700x394.jpg


She won gold in Athens but her event was scratched from Cycling since then.
Suffered a horrific crash that broke her neck 8 months or so before Beijing 2008, but won bronze.
Fought against Vicky Pendleton, been called some awful stuff by the British media and she beat Pendleton in women's sprint.

Anna Meares :cheer:

Mikey.
Aug 11th, 2012, 07:20 AM
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01FK7H16t23XS/613x.jpg

Just felt like I should mention the South African runner Oscar Pistorius in the 400m and 4x400m relay. He's the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics which is just amazing. I'm so happy for him that he was able to run in an Olympic final. A true inspiration.

Pvt. Kovalenko
Aug 12th, 2012, 03:08 AM
The Golden Girls of Brazilian Volley :hearts: :worship:

http://p2.trrsf.com.br/image/fget/cf/619/464/img.terra.com.br/i/2012/08/11/2502196-8557-rec.jpg

After a bad start in the Group Stage and a suffered classification, our Girls defeated Russia on Quarter Finals, in one of the most dramatic matches that I've saw, saving 6 MPs..

A great win over Japan in Semifinals, to finally beat USA, the best team of the competition, at the Final..


Just Epic... :worship:

Tennis Fool
Aug 12th, 2012, 04:28 AM
http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01564/MoFarah_1564829a.jpg
Mo-- because I like the way he slapped his head after winning both golds :D

(also, being American, too many to choose, and expect them to be listed in this thread :o )

McPie
Aug 12th, 2012, 08:45 AM
The Golden Girls of Brazilian Volley :hearts: :worship:

http://p2.trrsf.com.br/image/fget/cf/619/464/img.terra.com.br/i/2012/08/11/2502196-8557-rec.jpg

After a bad start in the Group Stage and a suffered classification, our Girls defeated Russia on Quarter Finals, in one of the most dramatic matches that I've saw, saving 6 MPs..

A great win over Japan in Semifinals, to finally beat USA, the best team of the competition, at the Final..


Just Epic... :worship:

I made my promise that, if they won the gold, I'll get a jersey with THAISA 6 on the back :lol:





















so it's time for me to splash the cash again :spit:

shirley
Aug 12th, 2012, 01:52 PM
Chris Hoy (GBR): Team Sprint & Keirin

http://www.london2012.com/mm/Photo/sport/General/01/37/93/33/1379333_M03.jpg

Was delighted with his two gold medals. I really like Chris Hoy. Comes across as so down to earth and incredibly modest despite all his success.

delicatecutter
Aug 12th, 2012, 02:42 PM
Also, she did it with bitchiness.

:bs: When was she bitchy? Aliya is a class act! And a stylish one at that! :inlove:

saul1333
Aug 12th, 2012, 04:13 PM
Vasyl Lomachenko. 2 time Olympic gold medalist. Undefeated in major competition since 2007.

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01rRfiu6ltetX/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0fUV5lVcvz5bL/x610.jpg

Barktra
Aug 12th, 2012, 11:02 PM
http://i.eurosport.com/2012/08/08/873467-14717350-640-360.jpg

Yelena Isinbayeva only won bronze :sad: didn't get that 3 peat in the pole valut she wanted, but she will be back in Rio to try to win her third gold in pole vault :cheer: and keep her status as greatest pole vaulter ever :hearts:

hellas719
Aug 16th, 2012, 08:58 PM
The rowing bronze for Alexandra Tsiavou and Christina Giazitzidou meant a lot. They were gold medal favorites but the bronze is still a huge achievement for them, especially for Giazitzidou who struggles financially and had to live in a hostel despite being a multiple time rowing world champion at just age 22. She never received any financial support from anyone and still persevered through when other Greek athletes couldn't. She never gave up on her dream and even though bronze wasn't the color she wanted, she did very well. Unfortunately she probably won't get any reward for her Olympic medal and will likely retire since she has no money even though she is just 22 and has a great chance to win medals in 2016 and beyond :awww:

http://www.pamesports.gr/thumbnail?filepath=/contentfiles/olympics%20london/tsiavoy_giazitzidou_metallia.jpg&width=620&height=446

When Giazitzidou returned to her home town of Kastoria (along with fellow Greek rower Ioannis Christou who got 4th in London and is also from her town), she received a heros welcoming:
http://www.romfea.gr/images/stories/photos/2012/08/olimpionikes.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-teTMCHP3yRs/UCmiQfQOe1I/AAAAAAAAIhA/uNp6ZtcFeT4/s1600/224235_453504411350811_1196274886_n.jpg

Giazitzidou's family and friends (including her parents) watching the final on TV:
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Her father is the bald guy and her mother is the lady with the blonde curly hair. The girl behind her mother is her sister and the rest are cousins, grandparents, friends, neighbors, etc. Her other sister is dating a Greek rower who finished 4th in London (not Christou but someone else from his boat) and she went to London to watch them.

Tsiavou will continue rowing as she has a job (firefighter IIRC) and here is her welcoming back to her home town of Igoumenitsa. Her family went to London because they were financially able to, so no video of them watching it.
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Sorry to bore you guys but I just wanted to share as the rowing team of Giazitzidou/Tsiavou (class acts, love them) and LoLo Jones were my faves from the Olympics (so sad for Lolo :() and I wanted to brag about how awesome my Olympic faves are :p