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Grip : GRIP August 2012
SPORT GRIP PRIDE WITH LONDON PERFORMANCES FOR many, the 16 days of the London Olympic Games represents a time of sleep deprivation. But for those who battled the unfriendly timezone and watched late at night or early in the morning, they were rewarded with some fantastic sporting achievements, a strong Australian performance, and some proud moments through the effor t of our Subaru Ambassadors. One of the magic moments came when cyclist and Subaru ambassador, Shane Perkins, beat home Trinadad’s Njisane Nicholas Phillip to take the bronze in the men’s individual, and then cycled straight to his family on the fence to share the emotion that follows winning an Olympic medal. Afterwards he told ABC radio: “It’s hard to explain, but to be able to share something like that with them is unreal,” Perkins said. “It’s not the medal I wanted (but) it’s fantastic to come away with bronze. It’s my first Olympics, and I got a medal out of it. “Crowds have been great, I’ve really enjoyed myself. To see my team-mates up on the bend was great and when I get home I’ll be thanking them for all their help and support.” The women’s triathlon provided two hours of enthralling television for those that watched it from start to finish around the brilliant Hyde Park course. Emma Jackson, the baby of the triathlon team, finished eighth, and there is no doubt in four years time she will be a big chance of standing on the podium in Rio, with the experience of her first Games under her belt. She wrote to GRIP from London: “Representing Australia at the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was young. “I was very honored to be chosen as a member of the Australian Olympic team for London 2012 and couldn’t wait to race. “Overall I was happy with my performance of eighth place in my first Olympic Games, at only 20 years of age. The race was tough, but the atmosphere and crowd was amazing. “I am now enjoying the whole Olympic experience and having a great time in the village. “My journey to the Olympics and my time here I will never forget.” She reminds us that her season continues, and won’t end until the Subaru sponsored Noosa Triathlon on November 4. Another Subaru Ambassador, Courtney Atkinson, ran a brave race in the men’s triathlon, one of the most spectacular events on the Olympic program. All you can do in a big event is give yourself a shot of winning. Courtney gave it his all, finishing the swim and cycling legs right with the front group. In the end, he couldn’t match the pace of the leaders on the run, but he crossed the line a brave 18th. After the race he tweeted: “biggest rush out there racing 2day. Amazing aussie support. I want 2 say I’m honoured 2 represent AOC. I gave my all.” Courtney, Subaru is honoured to have you as part of our team. Well done to all the Subaru ambassadors who represented their country with distinction. LEFT: 2012 Olympian Courtney Atkinson. Results - Subaru ambassadors Shara Gillow Women Road Cycling 39th Women Individual Time Trial 13th Matthew Goss Men Road Cycling 85th Shane Perkins Team Sprint – Bronze Medal Mens Keirin Finals 5th Emma Jackson Women Individual Triathlon 8th Courtney Atkinson Mens Individual Triathlon 18th Ky Hurst Mens Marathon Swim (10kms) 20th INSIDE GRIP AUGUST 2012 HOME PAGE BRZ ACCOLADES PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES LIBERTY X WHAT’S IN THE PRESS SUBARU TRENDS DEALER STATS NPS SCORES SPORT
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