Alexandre Despatie Goes for Diving Gold After Brutal Injury, 2 p.m.
Just seven weeks after ripping open his scalp in Madrid, Alexandre Despatie will represent Canada in today’s 3m springboard diving final.
Despatie won Silver four years ago in Beijing, and seems to be Canada’s best hope for striking Gold on this the 14th day of the London Olympics. Despatie’s routine has admittedly become more conservative since the accident, so he’ll need a ballsy showing to get lucky.
Two Canadians to Face a Bunch of Drunks in High Jump, 2 p.m.
According to Athletics Canada Coach Alex Gardiner, Canadians Derek Drouin and Michael Mason have a great shot to win Gold in today’s high jump final. “[They’re] right back to among the Top 10 in the world,” he says.
Canada has not won a medal in high jump since we hosted the Games in Montreal. And like every other event at these games, Canadians are the underdogs going in, but Drouin and Mason face far less scrutiny then their competiton. Team GB’s Robbie Grabarz just last year spent two days in a pub after losing his government funding, and Russia’s Ivan Ukhov famously competed drunk at a meet in Switzerland.
Hopefully, the medal ceremony doesn’t end with nudity and remorseful making out.
Three Canadian Ladies Will Compete in Hurdles Semifinal, 7:15 p.m.
Awesomely named Nikkita Holder, Phylicia George and Jessica Zelinka will compete in tonight’s 100 metre hurdles, all with an excellent shot at glory. The three performed strongly in their individual heats.
TORO Woman Zelinka is looking rebound from her disappointing seventh-place showing in the heptathlon over the weekend. Zelinka was a projected Canadian star going into the Olympics, and we still have a lot of faith in her. Just look at those abs!
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