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7 Jul 2012

News to Novels #23

This week's news to novels is a little sporty.  In the UK we're slowly preparing for the chaos of the Olympics and the Wimbledon final is tomorrow.  Murray (boo!) versus Federer (yay!) so we're all sport obsessed at the mo.  It's actually become a big year for us.  1) We have a tennis player from the UK in the Wimbledon final which is quite a new concept for us. I mean, British? And they could actually win? 2) The Olympics are due to start soon.  And 3) England reached the quarter finals in the Euro cup.  I'm being honest and serious here. The quarter finals is actually an achievement for us. 

So here are some sporty, inspirational stories for you. :)

GB basketball team ready for Olympics fight after long battle to get there
Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan believes the long fight his team faced to earn their place in the London Olympics will leave them battle-hardened to achieve their goals this summer.  Although the hosts are usually guaranteed a place in the Olympic basketball tournament, the British team did not exist when London was first awarded the Games, and after being formed at the start of 2006 they fought a five-year campaign to persuade world governing body FIBA to let them in - finally getting the nod last year.

Magic Murray makes history! Andy becomes first British man in Wimbledon final for 74 years after four set victory over Tsonga to set up final showdown with Federer
So, that is Bunny Austin put to bed after 74 years, now for the small matter of emulating Fred Perry by beating perhaps the finest player Wimbledon has ever seen.  It falls to Andy Murray — like 1936 champion Perry, something of an outsider from beyond British tennis’s natural heartlands — to win his first Grand Slam title against Roger Federer, a man who has won 16 of them.

The tracks of our years: How the lives of athletes have changed since the Games were last here in 1948
The London Olympics in 1948 were called The Austerity Games. Britain was still suffering from the effects of the Second World War; food, clothing and fuel were still rationed.   The Games’ organisers spent £761,688 (worth £77million today) compared to the £2.3bn budget of the 2012 committee Lord Coe chairs.  Neil Wilson asked two athletes who competed in 1948, 100m silver medallist Dorothy Manley, now 83, and 800m finalist John Parlett, 85, to compare their lives with those of two from today, triple jump world champion Phillips Idowu and former Commonwealth heptathlon champion and now 400m runner Kelly Sotherton.

Britain's rhythmic gymnastics squad to learn Olympics fate this month
Great Britain's rhythmic gymnastics group will learn if their appeal over their exclusion from the Olympics has been successful in a hearing at the end of this month.  The group narrowly missed a benchmark qualifying score set by British Gymnastics at the London Prepares test event last month and were then told they had missed out on a place at the Games.

From golden child to gold in the Olympics: Nicole Cooke's rise to cycling glory
Bright, shiny and blue, her first bicycle was a dream come true for six-year- old Nicole Cooke.  Apart from one little thing.  'She got very angry with the stabilisers straight away and demanded we take them off,' her father recalled.  Yesterday the little girl who always wanted to ride faster pedalled her way to Britain's first gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.  In a battle of extraordinary drama that took place in a freezing downpour, Miss Cooke, 25, won the road cycling event in a magnificent sprint finish.  She let out a scream of joy she later joked could have been heard thousands of miles away in her Welsh village.
From 7/7 hell to the Olympics: Survivor who lost both her legs in tube blast to compete in the paralympics
A 7/7 survivor who lost her legs in one of the London tube blasts has defied the odds to represent Great Britain as a member of the volleyball team at the 2012 paralympics.  Martine Wright, 39, was on a Circle Line Tube train when al Qaeda-inspired fanatic Shehzad Tanweer detonated his bomb just outside Aldgate Station on July 7, 2005.  Martine was on her way to work as a marketing manager after a night out celebrating London winning its Olympic bid when she ended up sitting in the same carriage as Tanweer when he set off his bomb.  She was rescued from the tube carriage but placed into an induced coma for ten days while she underwent 12 operations to amputate her legs above the knee.

Girl, 17, born with one arm poised to throw javelin at London Paralympics thanks to special prosthetic that helps her to balance
When Hollie Arnold was born with just one arm, she never let it hold her back.  Now the determined teenager has been fitted with a special weighted prosthetic arm to allow her to fulfil her dream of throwing a javelin in the London 2012 Paralympics.  Hollie, 17, has spent years perfecting her javelin technique but was held back by having no right arm to provide crucial balance.  She has now been fitted with a specially weighted prosthetic arm by a company that provides limbs for injured soldiers and hopes to compete in the London Paralympics this summer.

Cyclist who became Paralympics champ after training crash now faces life in wheelchair after breaking his back in SECOND smash
He suffered terrible injuries to his back and legs after a car accident while out training with friends from a cycling club.  But Simon Richardson battled back to represent Britain at Beijing in the Paralympics where he won gold in a world record time.  Now the 45-year-old champion from Porthcawl faces another battle after he was injured in a second road accident this summer while out cycling near Bridgend, South Wales, which broke his back in two places.  The incident also left him with a double break to the pelvis and a broken breast bone as well as breathing out of one lung. Mr Richardson said the injuries could leave him spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair.


  1. SHOULD HAVE BEEN TSONGA! ;_________;

    I really hope the rain stops before the Olympics ^^;

    Thanks for the round up!

  2. Really should! I'm waving the Federer flag tomorrow! =D Although I wish it was really Nadal in the final. He's my favourite. :)

    Haha, I doubt it. We're British. We rain on everything. =P Besides it means we could easily win stuff if it rains. No-one else will be used to slippery grounds haha!

  3. Another Olympics, and split loyalties. As a naturalized US citizen, I should be cheering on the Americans. But my British blood cries out for UK golds. I usually end up rooting for the Brits. I don't know if it's because blood is thicker than paperwork, or if it's because I'm a sucker for the underdog, which the Brits usually are in most sporting events. Mmm... rooting for the underdog--a very British trait. :D

  4. I love supporting the Brits in Olympics. :) We do our best and one day we'll get there. Although I think we'll really shine this year. We've had quite a few achievments in sports so far so I think it'll be a good year for us.