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‘BWOY, THEY PUT A ROPE AROUND MY NI -OLYMPIC DAD, WELLESLEY BOLT, ON ORDERS CK AND SAY, “MR. BOLT, YOU HAVE TO GO TO CHINA” ’ FROM A SPONSOR TO GET OVER HIS FEAR OF FLYING

September 1 2008
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‘BWOY, THEY PUT A ROPE AROUND MY NI -OLYMPIC DAD, WELLESLEY BOLT, ON ORDERS CK AND SAY, “MR. BOLT, YOU HAVE TO GO TO CHINA” ’ FROM A SPONSOR TO GET OVER HIS FEAR OF FLYING

September 1 2008

‘BWOY, THEY PUT A ROPE AROUND MY NI -OLYMPIC DAD, WELLESLEY BOLT, ON ORDERS CK AND SAY, “MR. BOLT, YOU HAVE TO GO TO CHINA” ’ FROM A SPONSOR TO GET OVER HIS FEAR OF FLYING

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SIR NILS OLAV A KING HONOURS ANOTHER KING

He might stand just two foot eight and be six years old, but Nils Olav has something the other king penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo don’t have: a knighthood from Norway’s King Harald V.Last week, the bird waddled down a line of Norwegian King’s Guards, pausing to inspect several before receiving the official knighthood and a medal attached to his wing with a ribbon. The odd relationship with the Norwegian regiment started in 1972 when a soldier, who visited the zoo while on a trip to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, persuaded his regiment to sponsor a king penguin as a mascot. During last year’s visit by the regiment to the zoo, a bronze statue was unveiled of the latest mascot. The honour is mutual: according to a zoo official, “Nils always recognizes the guardsmen.”

MATTHEW EMMONS MISSED AGAIN: A SHOT AT OLYMPIC GOLD

What frustration. Four years ago, at the Athens Olympics, Matthew Emmons had been the star of the American shooting team. In the finals of the men’s 50-m three-positions rifle, he needed an 8.0 shot to win gold. He managed to score 8.1, but then it was discovered he’d shot another competitor’s target, reducing him to eighth place. Last week in Beijing, the 27-year-old Emmons had a chance to redeem himself. He’d been averaging 10.1 in his shots and was poised again to take the gold medal. And once again, things went badly wrong. He raised his rifle, but before he could aim, it went off, yielding a 4.4, dropping Emmons out of the medals and yielding the gold to China’s Qiujian. Said the shy, disappointed, but always optimistic Emmons: “I walked away, and was like, ‘Crap, it happened again.’ I’m waiting for some really good thing to happen from this.” There will be some consolation: he won a silver medal in another shooting event, the 50-m rifle prone, and last week his Czechborn wife, Katerina, won gold and silver in women’s shooting events.

AMY TRYON AND POGGIO II NOT JUST ANOTHER NAG

In another life, he was known as Chester, a thoroughbred racer that never paid off at the track and had been relegated to serving as a pack horse for camping expeditions into the U.S. wilderness. It was there that an American firefighter, Amy Tryon, learned of the horse now known as Poggio II. She read in an ad that Poggio was for sale, and she was eager to find a horse with which to pursue competitive jumping. Poggio came from a good line: his dad had been a jumping horse. So firefighter met pack horse and they got along well, winning competitions. They did so well that they flew to Hong Kong to compete last week in the Olympic eventing competition for the U.S. But Tryon fell during the crosscountry portion, injuring her knee. They were out of competition, but it was a noble career cap for a horse that everyone had dismissed as just another nag.

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OLYMPIAN BEAUTY

As athletes from around the world vied for gold at the Beijing Olympics, Toronto-based rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Orlando scored a different kind of victory—she was crowned Hottest Girl of the 2008 Olympics by online magazine Webtvhub. com. Orlando, a 21-year-old student from the University of Toronto, ranked ahead of better-known babes such as Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova and American swimmer Amanda Beard. “It’s so embarrassing,” Orlando told Maclean’s at the Olympic village. Her gymnastics career, however, is just the opposite. Orlando is a five-time national champion who placed ninth at last year’s worlds. On her blog, the self-professed “dancer, dreamer and Starbucks junkie” gushes about how excited she is to represent Canada: “I feel

ROBERT WAGNER BREAKING SILENCE ON NATALIE WOOD

a Hollywood golden couple. So when Wood drowned near their yacht in 1981 while the couple was entertaining fellow actor Christopher Walken, her death unleashed a media frenzy. Wagner has refused to comment on her death for 27 years, but at 78, he is breaking his silence. In a new autobiography, Wagner admits he was jealous of Wood’s on-set relationship with Walken. When Walken suggested Wood put her career before her family, Wagner smashed a bottle on the table, prompting her to retreat to their cabin. After checking in to find her preparing for bed, Wagner went back on deck with Walken to cool down. When he returned, she was gone. Her body was found floating near the yacht’s dinghy. Wagner believes she heard the dinghy get loose and went to secure it. She slipped, hit her head and, unconscious, succumbed to the water. USAIN BOLT TRELAWNEY YAMS AND A FEAR OF FLYING

This week, in the Jamaican town of Sherwood Content, southeast of Montego Bay, Wellesley Bolt

can’t complain if their marriage is over. She hasn’t been near the capital in years, preferring to live in a mansion near Milan. CAROL HUYNH TAKING PRIDE IN A SMALL-TOWN GIRL The people of the Hazeltons, B.C., watched as one of their own, Carol Huynh, 27, won a gold medal in women’s freestyle 48-kg wrestling. The Hazeltons, pop. 6,000, a group of towns on the Skeena River, was the original gateway to the Omineca gold rush of the 1870s. The area welcomed Carol’s parents and siblings when they came from Vietnam back in 198O. Last week, Dewey Cummins, 92, sobbed as he watched Carol’s performance on TV. His church had sponsored the Huynhs, and Cummins had given Carol’s dad his first job. Each town family took turns helping the Huynhs integrate Now there is great satisfaction in the former gold-rush town at what Carol achieved. Says a resident, “We’ve been having to kick and claw our way to survive up here, and Carol really epitomizes that.” The Hazeltons was proud this week—once again it is a place associated

itely the Trelawney yam,” Wellesley said. “He is such a strong young i man.” Eyebrows were raised earlier this year in Italy when former topless model and showgirl, Mara Carfagna, 32, was appointed Italy’s minister of equal opportunity by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, even though she had virtually no political experience. The 71-year-old politician was so smitten with her that last year he told a gala dinner that if he weren’t married already, he would marry her. Berlusconi’s current wife, Veronica Lario, didn’t take kindly to that, and this week rumours that the two are about to split grew so loud the prime minister’s spokesman had to deny them. Last month, Berlusconi turned aside questions about a purported tape of intercepted sexually explicit phone calls between him and Carfagna. Lario, whom Berlusconi met when she was performing in a nude review,

size (at six foot five, he’s the tallest sprinter in Olympic history), as well as his speed. “It is defin-

From the moment their courtship began in 1956, actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood were

with gold. MARA CARFAGNA TAKING CARE OF MINISTERIAL AFFAIRS was getting his hair cut. He had been told by a cellphone company that had sponsored his son, Usain, that he had to fly to Beito join his wife, who was already there. Usain, as the world now knows, had just taken Olympic gold in the 100-m sprint. Wellesley didn’t go to the Olympics because he’s scared of flying, but the phone company insisted. “Bwoy, they literally put a rope around my neck and say, ‘Mr Bolt, you have to go to China.’ I just could not beat them to it.” Wellesley had stayed in Sherwood Content to watch the event on TV; villages celebrated the victory by clanging pot lids. Usain, who says he prefers cricket to running, beguiled the world with his make-it-look-easy, rec ord-breaking 9.69-second medal showing. Wellesley credits locally grown Trelawney yams for Usain’s