As the official outfitting partner of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team, adidas Australia will supply over 100,000 garments, to Australian athletes and officials for the Beijing Games.
Competing at a third Olympics is an “irresistible opportunity” that Australian wrestling champion Ali Abdo is hungry for, but qualifying for the Beijing team is not his only challenge. The 26-year-old Melbournian is committed to his university degree and plans to balance his Olympic training with his study so he can become a Doctor of Osteopathy in two years time.
Athens 2004 gold medallist, Suzie Balogh, is vying to be last woman standing in an all-Australian shoot-off to qualify for the Beijing Games and defend her Olympic crown.
Australia’s gymnasts have declared they no longer feel intimidated by the Chinese. In fact the Australian gymnasts feel they are intimidating and Olympic gold is within their reach.
Jana Rawlinson (nee Pittman) has provided a standout performance as she and other Osaka-bound Australian athletes continue their preparation for the World Championships, which begin in late August.