Raelene Boyle. Frank Beaurepaire. Sam Riley. John Sumegi. Kevan Gosper. Ric Charlesworth. Lauren Jackson. And many more great Australian sportspeople whose greatest honour at the Olympic Games was the silver medal. Add James Magnussen to that list. For now at least.
The news on the Olympic baseball is that there is none. I will never stop grumbling about this.
"Eight disqualified for underperforming at badminton" is one of those sentences that I had failed to predict that I would be using during the London Olympics.
To coincide with Michael Phelps becoming the most-medalled Olympic athlete in history and with me using medal as a verb for the first and last time, here is an index to all my blog references to The Great Man over the past two Olympiads:
Happy birthday horses everywhere. And a special happy birthday to yesterday's gold medallists: Barny, King Artus, Opgun Luovo, Butts Abraxxus, and dual winner Sam.
Freebies for corporate partners is nothing new in Big Sports. Corporate partners not using their freebies is nothing new either. But the sight of empty seats - and lots of them - has struck a collective raw nerve at the London Games.
Just like any true Weapons of Mass Destruction, Australia's proved to be non-existent.
The NBC is copping an absolute bollocking for sticking to a (for them) tried and trusted formula in covering the Olympic Games - or as Americans insist on calling them, the Summer Olympics. Taking the day's highlights, packaging them up and wrapping them in a journalistic narrative worked in the 20th century. Problem is, we are now a dozen years into the 21st.
Here is a Youtube playlist of ten of my favourite pieces that were performed at the London Olympic Games opening ceremony.