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.
Aug 9th, 2012, 11:46 PM
Nice idea for a thread. :yeah:
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.
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.
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.
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:20 PM
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:
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:39 PM
^ Who are those athletes?
First one is Komova, second one is Meilutyte. Not sure about the rest.
Aug 10th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Chad Le Clos
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.
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.
Aug 12th, 2012, 03:08 AM
The Golden Girls of Brazilian Volley :hearts: :worship:
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:
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:
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:
Giazitzidou's family and friends (including her parents) watching the final on TV:
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.
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