The following is the open letter written by John Coates for the Sunday Telegraph on the 22nd of November 2009. As a raw rowing manager many years ago, I dreamed that one day Australia would again host the Olympic Games. In Sydney in 2000, I felt privileged to be part of a celebration that engulfed the entire nation
Emma Lincoln-Smith recorded her second top ten skeleton World Cup result for the season, finishing in equal tenth place in Lake Placid, New York, this morning. The 23-year-old Sydney slider has a disappointing opening run, posting a time of 58.17 seconds for 17th place, but hit back in the second run with the sixth fastest time, 57.97 seconds.
Two Australian athletes are vying for the one spot to represent Australia, in the sport which combines the arduous demands of cross-country skiing, with precision target shooting
Ben Sim has hit the northern winter season in great shape, scoring two impressive results in the Beitosprinten last weekend. Sim was 35th in the 15km Freestyle and 42nd in the 10km Classic, finishing each race just over two minutes behind the Norwegian winners Petter Northug and Martin Sundby, both of whom are potential World Cup winners in the coming weeks. In addition to the strong Norwegian fields the national teams of Switzerland, Slovakia, Japan, Italy, Russia and the USA were competing. Sim's performances caught the attention of spectators and other athletes in Beitostolen, and bode well for the World Cup coming up next weekend on the same track.
FOXTEL has today announced the comprehensive reporting team for its ground-breaking broadcast of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games beginning February 13, 2010.
For the next three and half months the Australian Cross Country Ski Team's main focus is the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Paul Murray, Esther Bottomley, Aimee Watson, Callum Watson, Ben Sim and Mark van der Ploeg are all in Scandinavia at the moment, with the first World Cup event coming up this weekend in Beitostolen in Norway. Most likely three of these six athletes* will represent Australia at Vancouver in February 2010. Between now and December 20 the team will compete in World Cup competitions in Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Slovenia, and after these events the cross country skiing ranking list for Vancouver will be finalised.
Tatiana Borodulina has qualified Australian places for all three short track distances at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, following the completion of the North American leg of the World Cup season.
Tatiana Borodulina has qualified Australian places for all three short track distances at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, following the completion of the North American leg of the World Cup season. Borodulina finished sixth in the 1000m, and also collected two 12th placings in 500m and 1500m at the Marquette, Wisconsin, event.
Emma Lincoln-Smith has started the 2009/10 World Cup skeleton season where she left off, inside the top ten, finishing in eighth place in a weather-shortened event in Park City, Utah.
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Ian Thorpe (5 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze) and Leisel Jones (3 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze) have won 9 Summer Games medals.