That Anne Kursinski is, at 49, on the short list to earn a berth on the United States Olympic equestrian team for a fifth time can be traced to the fact that she rides horses for a living and that her profession, athletic prowess and passion are inextricably linked to the equine jumpers who are her partners. What makes her sport distinctive is what makes it difficult: The teammate on whom your medal depends happens to be a 1,pound animal with a mind not always brilliant and four legs graceful but fragile of its own.
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The combination can be elusive. Kursinski has not qualified for the Olympics since in Atlanta, where she won an individual silver medal, a fitting bookend to the team silver she helped capture at the Games in Seoul.
Her Olympic arc began 24 years ago in Los Angeles, where she was a rookie alternate — she did not compete — on a veteran squad that won team gold. She also participated in Barcelona in The team — four riders and four horses — will be chosen after two more shows, this month and next. But this lucky streak has been a long time coming.
To win an Olympic gold medal was a childhood dream, and at 49 it still is. Dan Walsh. So his parents, worried about his sedentary lifestyle, got him into rowing. And now rowing may get Walsh into the Olympics. At 6-foot-7 and a chiseled pounds, Walsh, 29, is on the short list to make the rowing team that will compete in Beijing. He has come a long way from the unmotivated year-old who began rowing in for the Norwalk River Rowing Association. At Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Walsh chose to concentrate on rowing only after a shoulder problem curtailed his wrestling career.
Because he was the right size to excel in rowing and had an aptitude for it, he was motivated by the chance to become a star. It was nice to go from being the kid who was always the farthest away from the ball to being one of the best on the team. Still, he has had some disappointments. As his teammates won gold medals, he sat on the sidelines.
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The team will not be chosen until June 25, by a three-person committee after recommendations from the coach. I feel like we need him to be in that boat. Sue Bird. She says she keeps it in a safe place and does not get it out for just anyone.
As special as the gold medal is, Bird, a year-old native of Syosset, N. Though she has won about every championship possible in her career and has played professionally overseas, she said she never considered not trying out a second time for the Olympic team. Bird, a 5-foot-9 point guard, helped the University of Connecticut win national championships in and It was the highest level of basketball for a female at the time. Bird will relish competing against other elite players at the Beijing Games.
She likes that the Olympics are held only every four years — and that she wears a United States uniform. The United States women have won the last three Olympic gold medals, but a fourth straight is no certainty.
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