Mid Games Update – Vol IV no 8

As I traditionally do, midway through the games I provide an update of how all the girls are doing in to date.

Vol IV no 1 – Amanda Beard – USA – Swimming

Beard was sixth in her heat of the 200m breaststroke and failed to advance. That was her only event in this Olympics.

Vol IV no 2 – Dara Torres – USA – Swimming

Dara started the Olympics off with a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay on the first Sunday of the Olympics. Then, exactly one week later, she claimed an individual silver with a second place, by .01 of a second, in the 50m freestyle. A half hour after that, she anchored the US 4x100m medley relay to a silver medal. Three silvers – not bad for a 41 year old mother of a two-year old.

Vol IV no 3 – Laure Manaudou – France – Swimming and Federica Pelligrini – Italy – Swimming

Manaudou made it to the finals the 400m freestyle, where she finished eighth, and the 100m backstroke, where she finished 7th. She failed to make it to the finals of the 200m backstroke where she finished eighth in the semifinals.

Pelligrini faired better. She participated in five events, withdrawing from a sixth, the 800m freestyle. Frederica came in sixth in the head to head matchup with Manaudou in the 400m freestyle and fourth in the 4×200 freestyle relay. Italy failed to get out of the heats in the 4×100 freestyle relay (6th in heat) and the 4×100 medley relay (7th in heat). But the highlight of the Olympics for Pellegrini was her gold medal in the 200m freestyle. Looks like Pelligrini was the winner over Manaudou both in and out of the pool.

Vol IV no 4 – Fanny Rinne – Germany – Field Hockey
Germany went 4-1 to capture their pool. They had wins over Great Britain, New Zealand, the United States, and Japan, and a loss to Argentina. That will move them into the semifinals against an opponent still to be determined.

Vol IV no 5 – Stephanie Rice – Australia – Swimming

Stephanie Rice has been the most successful UncleLar Beijin Olympian to-date. She won gold medals in all three events that she participated in – the 400m individual medley, the 200m individual medley, and the 4×200 freestyle relay for an undefeated Olympics. A beauty and the best in the world – what more can you ask?

Vol IV no 6 – Britte Heidemann – Germany – Fencing

Britte took home a gold medal for Germany in individual epee fencing. She then wowed the media by conducting her post victory interview in Chinese. It seems she’s a Chinese Studies major in Hamburg and had actually studied in China as a 16 year old exchange student. How appropriate.

Vol IV no 7a – Katharina Schulz – Germany Field Hockey
As mentioned in my Fanny Ritte post, Germany is one of the four teams remaining in the medal round for Field Hockey, so Katharina’s result is still undetermined.

Vol IV no 7b – Petra Niemann – Germany – sailing
Petra competes in Laser Radial. After nine of ten events (the last event finishes later today), Petra stands 15th of 28 athletes so she is out of the medal race.

Vol IV no 7c – Romy Tarangul – Germany – Judo
Romy was out of her judo competition early. Romy competed in the 52kg (115 lb) weight class. She won her opening bout, lost her second, then lost again in the repechage. She was the only one of the four Germans who were in the Playboy Olympic edition to actually be out of the Games by the time that the issue hit the newstand.

Vol IV no 7d – Nicole Reinhardt – Germany – Kayak
Nicole competes in two events – the 500m K4 (4 woman kayak) and the 500m K2 (2 woman kayak). The K4 event actually started ten minutes before I made this post. The K2 is tomorrow. So we don’t have any results for Nicole yet. She is one of the favorites in the events however.

EDIT – The USA Channel just showed the Germans blowing away the competition in their K4 heat to qualify for the finals tomorrow. The announcer pronounced them the favorites in this race. However, they also added that the Hungarians, who won their heat but with a slightly slower time than the Germans, could challenge the Germans. They did suggest that the Hungarian K2 might be favored over the Germans.

So four of the eleven girls profiled to-date have medalled with the running total standing at five golds and three silvers with several girls still in competition. Not bad at all.

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