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Round 10.....................the Olympic Flame is about to be extinguished
Athena and Phevos (were the official mascots of the 2004 Summer Olympics. The names of the two mascots are a reference to two gods of Olympus: “Phevos” is another name for Apollo, the god of light and music; Athena is the goddess of wisdom and protector of the city of Athens. The two mascots thus symbolize the link between Ancient Greece and the Olympic Games of the modern era. Phevos and Athena are brother and sister. They owe their strange shape to a typical terracotta doll in the shape of a bell from the 7th century BC, the “daidala”. They symbolise the pleasure of playing and the values of Olympism. The choice of a brother and sister was deliberate: they embody the unity of men and women, through equality and brotherhood. Phevos wears a blue tunic to recall the sea and the color of the Games emblem, while Athena is in orange to evoke the sun)
Off to work......................
Brooke Forde - At the 2020 United States Olympic Trials Forde finished sixth in the 200m freestyle, qualifying her for the relay team at the 2020 Olympics after the results of the women's 50m freestyle opened a spot for her. She earned a silver medal for swimming on the preliminary 4x200-meter freestyle relay team. Brooke is a native of Louisville, KY and started her swimming career at Lakeside Swim Club in Louisville. She is the 11th swimmer from Lakeside Swim Club to make the U-S Olympic team.
Brooke at Lakeside Swim Club signing autographs and letting young children wear her Silver medal
Brooke at her high school, Sacred Heart, for a program
Cycling (has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics, at which a road race and five track events were held. Mountain bike racing entered the Olympic program at the Atlanta Olympics, followed by BMX racing in 2008 and freestyle BMX in 2020. Prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics, all events were speed races, but the 2020 program will feature BMX freestyle for the first time)
Disciplines (left to right) BMX Freestyle, BMX Racing, Mountain Bike, Cycling Road, Cycling Track
Caeleb Dressel - is an American swimmer who specializes in the freestyle and butterfly sprint events. Dressel is a seven-time Olympic gold medalist and holds the world records in the 100 meter butterfly (both long course and short course), 50 meter freestyle (short course), and 100 meter individual medley (short course). Dressel holds the American records in 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and in 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly (all long course). He also holds the short course records in 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard individual medley, and formerly in the 100-yard breaststroke. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Dressel won five gold medals, making him the fifth American in history to win that many in a single Olympics in the past 50 years. Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps, Eric Heiden, and Matt Biondi are the other four. He also became the first swimmer in history to win gold in the 50-meter freestyle, the 100 free and the 100-meter butterfly at the same Olympics.
Dressel is seen to have a number of tattoos on his left arm, which make up a full sleeve. When counting the larger designs featured along his arm, including an Alligator, a Bear, an Eagle and an American themed piece, Dressel has a total of four tattoos that make up the sleeve. Elsewhere he also has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on his right arm, which feature the five blue, yellow, black, green and red rings.
In a sit-down interview with Swimming World in 2019, the swimmer revealed that his sleeve was “Florida themed“. He explained to the publication: “I’ve got a whole Florida theme going on [as] all the animals are native to Florida.” While the sleeve is inspired by the US state of Florida, the swimmer has previously spoken out on how each piece and its individual meaning to him. The alligator on his lower arm reflects his college the University of Florida who have an alligator as their emblem. Dressel has also discussed the meaning behind his bear tattoo, which he had done as it’s his favorite animal. According to Sports Skeeda, the eagle at the top of his arm and the American flags seen on his sleeve are said to represent the Olympian’s love for his country.
He was one of the best stories of the 2020 Olympics...............................
So I couldn't decide, so you get 2 for 1....................
Eight (8) badminton players ejected from the 2012 Olympic Games (Eight female badminton doubles players were disqualified from the London Olympics after trying to lose matches to receive a more favorable place in the tournament. The Badminton World Federation announced its ruling after investigating two teams from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia. It punished them for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" in their matches)
Explosion W (riding Explosion W, four-time Olympian Ben Maher, has become just the second Britain to win the jumping individual event at the Olympic Games with a victory at Tokyo 2020)
Ben Maher singing the praises of Explosion W.........................
Great Britain's Ben Maher won individual showjumping gold at Tokyo Equestrian Park after eclipsing his rivals aboard the brilliant Explosion W.Maher's victor...
Calling it a night........................
Mexico 1968 200 Meter Men's Breaststroke Final.
Florence Griffith-Joyner - also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. The world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure due to both her record-setting athleticism and eclectic personal style. Griffith-Joyner was athletic from a young age and began running track meets as a child. While attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she continued to compete in track and field. While still in college, she qualified for the 100 m 1980 Olympics, although she did not actually compete due to the U.S. boycott. She made her Olympic debut four years later, winning a silver medal in the 200 meter distance at the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. At the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, Griffith set a new world record in the 100 meter sprint. She went on to win three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. In February 1989, Griffith-Joyner abruptly retired from athletics. She remained a pop culture figure through endorsement deals, acting, and designing. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38.
The Henley Royal Regatta hosted the rowing events for both the 1908 and 1948 London Summer Olympics and the canoeing events for the 1948 Summer Olympics
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.