Another memory of one of the darkest eras of athletics history - the East German sports "program" - was erased on Friday night.
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.
"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.
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.
Just like any true Weapons of Mass Destruction, Australia's proved to be non-existent.
First things first: a raspberry to all those media outlets who went for "Golden Rice" as their headline in honour of Australia's first gold medallist of Beijing 2008, and in particular to those who went for "Golden Steph", and then changed their minds - hello BrisbaneTimes.com.au. Just check the URL of this page to see what their heading for that story was prior to "Gold for Wow! factor girl". Wimps.
- Coach strangled at Cricket World Cup.
- Swimmer bashed up by father on worldwide television at the World Championships, before announcing that it was all her fault.
- Fan killed outside stadium as volleyball hooligans go on rampage.
"Of all the world-class swimmers who have competed for Stanford, Michael McLean ranked among the best. In four events, the 2006 graduate's times were among the 15 fastest ever recorded at the school. But you'd never know it by looking at the Stanford media guide. Coach Skip Kenney expunged McLean from the team's record book after he and the swimmer had a falling-out."
The San Francisco Chronicle takes up the story.
So Natural Foods Australia Limited
(ASX code SNF)
21 November 2006
Response to Announcement of Retirement from Swimming of Ian Thorpe
So Natural Foods Australia Limited ("SNF") advises that while we at SNF will miss Ian competing in the pool, we understand his decision and fully support him as he moves into the next phase of his career.