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Ian Thorpe (is an Australian retired swimmer who specialized in freestyle, but also competed in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian along with fellow swimmer Emma McKeon. With three gold and two silver medals, Thorpe was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics, held in his hometown of Sydney)
Ian gained the nickname of Thorpedo due to his superior ability to swim fast.
As a child, Ian Thorpe was allergic to chlorine. As a result, he had to swim his early races with his head out of the water. Even still, Ian was able to win. From this early age, Ian was destined for swimming greatness, even with such a handicap as being allergic to chlorine. Eventually without medication, Ian was able to overcome the allergy. During his career, Ian has spent thousands of hours in chlorine pools.
Just outside of Sydney, Australia in Ultimo, New South Wales is the Ian Thorpe Aquatic and Fitness Centre. The center, named after Thorpe, has three swimming pools as well as a fully equipped gym. One of the pools is an indoor 50 meter heated lap pool. The $40 million facility is shaped like a wave and was designed by Harry Seidler from Vienna, a famous architect in Australia.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - is a retired American track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals in those two events at four different Olympic Games. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time. She is on the Board of Directors for USA Track & Field (U.S.A.T.F.), the national governing body of the sport. Joyner-Kersee is one of the most famous athletes to have overcome severe asthma.
Nelly Korda (is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour, where she has won six times. She won the Olympic gold medal at the women's individual golf event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan)
Nelly's father is former Czech professional tennis player Petr Korda...............
Nelly's sister Jessica also competes on the LPGA tour and was at the 2020 Olympics (finished tied for 15th)..............
Congratulating her sister on the final hole.................
Ryan Lochte - is an American competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist. Along with Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres, and Jenny Thompson, he is the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history measured by total number of medals, behind only Michael Phelps. Lochte's seven individual Olympic medals rank second in history in men's swimming (again to Michael Phelps), tied for second among all Olympic swimmers. He currently holds the world records in the 200-meter individual medley (long and short course). As part of the American teams, he also holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle (long course) and 4×100-meter freestyle (mixed) relay.
Rio 2016 - Lochte bleached his hair blonde
Who could forget the gas station incident in Rio...........................
Marathon Swimming (Taking place in open water environments such as the sea, rivers and lakes, but with a premium on safety, the men's and women's 10km open water swimming event is known as the marathon swimming event. This event is a relative newcomer to the Olympic program, making its debut as an official Olympic event at the Beijing 2008 Games. Usually staged on a circular course, the swimmers receive water at regular intervals as their endurance is tested to the maximum for up to two hours. Naturally, records are important, but as the races are often determined by weather and the open water conditions, planning a strategy is of vital importance. The swimmers who are able to use the waves, tides and currents to their best advantage are often those who post the best results. Being in tip-top physical condition is a given, but there also many swimmers with a wealth of experience in skillfully responding to the prevailing conditions and planning the optimal strategies)
"Feeding" during the marathon. Marathon swimmers spend about two hours in the water. As such, staying well hydrated is one of the most important factors of racing, especially in humid conditions. In order to take water in the most efficient way possible, coaches head to the water’s edge and hand their athlete a water bottle attached to a large stick with their nation’s flag on it...........
Marathon swimming is unique in that competitors must navigate around natural factors, as well as their rivals. Fish could be seen jumping over the heads of swimmers as they cut through the water at the Odaiba Marine Park, with one hitting a bronze medalist Kareena Lee’s chest. "It jumped up and hit me (on the chest). I didn't know what it was at first and I was like 'woah'," Australian Lee said of the fish.........
Calling it a night...........................
Oscar De La Hoya - is an American professional boxer who represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics where, shortly after having graduated from high school, he won a gold medal in the lightweight division, and reportedly "set a sport back on its feet."
The Panthessaliko Stadium is a stadium located at Volos, Greece. The stadium was the site of football (soccer) matches during the 2004 Summer Olympics. It was officially opened on July 30, 2004 and has a capacity of 22,700 seats, though only 21,100 seats were made publicly available for the Olympic matches.
Queen Elizabeth and "James Bond" open the 2012 London Olympics (Daniel Craig reprisedchis role as British secret agent James Bond as he accompanies Her Majesty The Queen to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Bond actor, 44, and Her Majesty filmed a hilarious scene for the opening ceremony, featuring 007 accompanying the royal Bond girl to a helicopter. The memorable scene ended with stunt performers, doubling for Bond and the Queen, jumping out of the helicopter and parachuting into the stadium)
Daniel Craig has admitted he was grumpy during filming with the Queen as it was his day off. But Craig has confessed that while his royal companion was game for a laugh during the skit, he was less so. He is quoted by The Mirror as saying: 'It wasn’t supposed to be funny. It was supposed to be serious. 'She was fun, incredibly game. We had a short space of time and I was a bit grumpy as it was my day off and suddenly I am at the Palace with the Queen at her private chamber.' 'And she improvises a little bit. She was supposed to be sitting at the desk and she asked if she could write, so she pretended to write.'
Princes William, Harry “Kept in the Dark” About Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic James Bond Stunt. No one was more surprised to see Queen Elizabeth II parachute down into the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games than her own grandsons. Prince William and Prince Harry revealed in a new interview with BBC Friday that they had no clue their grandmother was participating in the July 27 sketch. “Both of us were slightly surprised with our grandmother’s secret hobby of parachuting,” Harry joked. The 86-year-old queen showed off her comedic side in a pre-taped video with Daniel Craig, 44, as James Bond. In the hilarious clip, the duo left Buckingham, boarded a helicopter and — switching to live cameras — parachuted into the Olympic Stadium. (Both The Queen and Craig used stunt doubles, of course.) We were kept completely in the dark about it, that’s how big the secret was,” William, 30, explained. “Harry got a sniff of a rumor on the night and the rumor mill was going into overdrive.” “But, in fact, she did such a good performance that she’s been asked to star in the next Bond film,” he joked. “I’m thrilled for her.”