Saturday, August 16, 2008

Olympic News: Congratualtions to Olaf Tufte and Tore Brovold!

Norway won its first gold medal of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games today! Norwegian rower, Olaf Tufte took home a gold medal for the Mens Single Scull event at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in China! Olaf's time of 6:59.83 beat out his Czech rival, Ondrej Synek, who had a time of 7:00.63. That's less than a one second difference in time. Isn't it astounding the things some people can accomplish in the blink of an eye? Sounds like Michael Phelps knows all about that.

And yes, while this blog is normally devoted to things of a more Norwegian theme, we would be remiss if we did not congratulate Mr. Phelps on his historic achievement of winning seven gold medals thus far, and to wish him luck on the last leg of his quest to become the first person to ever win eight at the Olympics.

Also, at the same time Olaf Tufte was rowing his way to a gold medal, Norwegian skeet shooter Tore Brovold brought home Norway's second silver medal of this year's Olympic Games. If you are a fan of shooting skeet, then this competition was one for the ages. Tore and Vincent Hancock, of the U.S.A., were tied throughout the competition right up to the final where they were in a dead heat, totaling 145 points each. Unfortunately for Tore, during a tie-breaking shoot-off, Hancock scored one point higher, thus ending the competition.

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