Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Previewing the Olympics Stars

By Shane Thomas

With the greatest show in the sporting world drawing ever closer, this blog will have a recurring series of posts focusing on those who may be a few months away from attaining the ultimate in sporting achievement; an Olympic gold medal.

While one must acknowledge that predicting success is a fool's errand at the best of times (especially in the event of injury), it also wouldn't do to ignore the fact that London will be the centre of the sporting universe for a fortnight. During this time, athletes you would already have heard of will enshrine their fame for time immemorial, while others you would not have heard of will enter the stratosphere of stardom and legend.

More so than any other sporting event, be it the World Cup, the Superbowl or the Ryder Cup, the Olympics is a unifying force which goes beyond sporting fandom. The competition between nations links with the human desire to belong. You may not know the names of any volleyball players, but you'll probably be supporting the ones representing your country come July. And on a more evolutionary level the citius, altius, fortius mantra of the Games embodies the very nature to achieve, which separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. More so than any other sporting event, the Olympics come pre-sprinkled with stardust.

It'll be a historic making 19 days, so without further ado, let's look at the potential stars of the Games. It's only fair to start with...

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