London 2012: Watch out for the stars

Celebrate all the gods and goddesses of athletics, the greatest  sporting show  on earth. Praise all the winners and all the losers. Celebrate the good, the finer and the finest…
Sandeep Kumar Delhi
 

 

Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Louise Rice, 24, 5ft 9, fabulous Australian swimmer. World record holder in the 400m women's individual medley. Won three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The stunner was recently in news after posting a controversial swimsuit picture on twitter. She will be aiming for greater laurels at the London Games. Rice missed the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games to prepare for London 2012 -- good for her. Water Girl, Fly!


 

Usain Bolt

Called Lightening Bolt: Usain St Leo Bolt. Definitely the fastest man and most natural gifted athlete on the planet. Often called ‘Lightning Bolt’, the Jamaican sprinter is a running genius. Five-time World Champion. Olympic gold medalist: three times. Bolt became the first man in Olympic history to win both 100m and 200m races in world record time, and then, as part of the 4x100m team, smashed the world record at 2008 Beijing Games in China. He is among the fabulous seven athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. Go Usain Go! Sing Bob Marley…

 

Yelena Isinbayeva

Magnificent Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter. Five-time World Champion and the current world record holder. Two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008). Rated the best female pole vaulter of all time. In 2005, she became the first woman to clear a five metre mark. At London she will be hoping: Nothing Less than a Hat Tick. Dance Yelena Dance, the Pole Waltz!


 

Michael Phelps

Flying Fish Michael Phelps: young, hungry, ambitious American swimmer. As many as 16 Olympic medals under his belt so far. Phelps won six gold and two bronze medals at Athens in 2004 and eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008. Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics. Phelps was supposed to compete in eight events at the London Games, but his coach tweeted that he has been pulled out from the 200-meter freestyle. No Fear Baltimore Bullet: Shoot!

 

Maya Nakanishi

Maya Nakanishi, seemingly soft and serene. Brave Japanese Paralympic sprinter. Lost her right leg below the knee in a workplace accident when she was 21. Rebounding miraculously, she claimed fourth spot in the Paralympic 200m in Beijing and sixth position in Paralymic 100m. Maya also competes in the long jump category. The never-say-die 27-year-old sprinter found an out-of-the-box solution to earn the money needed to compete at the London 2012 Paralympics: she released a stunningly sensuous nude calendar of her pictures to help raise additional funds. Run Maya Run: Make another Calendar!

 

Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake, 22, speed machine sprinter from Jamaica. He can become the biggest surprise star at the London Games. The training partner of Usain Bolt, he is the current World Champion in the 100m heat. While gunning for his first Olympic medal, Blake completed his practice on a higher note by beating Bolt in the 100 meters by timing 9.75 seconds; in the 200 meters he timed 19.80 in the Jamaican Olympic qualifiers. Hey Blake, write a poem.

 

Deepika Kumari

Deepika Kumari, 18, smiling archer from Ranchi in Jharkhand. India’s big hope for a medal. Currently ranked World Number One, Deepika is aiming for a dream debut at the Olympics. Born in an auto rickshaw driver’s family in a small village near Ranchi, resilient, talented, young Deepika has defied both destiny and poverty. She is the silent scaffolding of invisible India. Aim Deepika: Nothing less than the eye of the fish!

 

Kohei Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura, fantastic, acrobatic gymnast from Japan, forever in symphony. Two-time Olympic silver medalist. Nine-time world medalist. The first male gymnast to win three consecutive world titles (2009, 2010, 2011)in difficult and accurately executed routines. Top medal contender at London. Kohei Kohei: Move the Melody. 

This story is from the print issue of Hardnews: JULY 2012