Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bijak will compete for Germany in Olympics

Utah gymnast Daria Bijak is within months of having a lifelong dream realized after she was selected Tuesday to represent Germany in the 2008 Olympics.
Bijak was named to the team after she placed fourth in Germany's national championships Saturday.
Bijak was selected to the 2000 Olympic team but ruptured her Achilles' tendon and couldn't compete. Germany didn't qualify for the 2004 Olympics.
The sophomore from Cologne, Germany, recently completed her sophomore year for the Utes, helping them to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
"She is so excited," said Utah coach Greg Marsden, who spoke to Bijak on Tuesday. "This has been her dream and only a handful of college gymnasts have gone on to compete in the Olympics after starting college."
If she avoids any injuries and competes, she will be the fourth Olympian in Utah's gymnastics program, joining Missy Marlowe (1988, USA), current Ute team member Gael Mackie (Canada, 2004) and Cheryl Weatherstone (Britain, 1984).
"The requirements are so different from college, it's hard to train for both," Marsden said of the international competitions. "She started right after our season was over to get ready for the qualifying meets."
Marsden acknowledged Bijak's busy offseason could possibly leave her burnt out as the college season begins, but said that is a trade-off he is willing to make.
The Olympics have been her dream since she was a little girl," he said. "If you really care about someone you have to support them and help them accomplish their dreams."

2008 Olympics not on TV?

According to Time magazine, there are various organizational problems occurring that could lead to the Olympics not being broadcast on television. A series of unworkable conditions are being created for networks including limits on live coverage in Tiananmen Square and allegations that freight shipments of TV broadcasting equipment are being held up in Chinese ports.

The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are scheduled to begin on August 8th. According to the minutes of a May 29th meeting, procedures which have been used by broadcasters in other Olympics are conflicting with China's authoritarian government. Some plans are months behind schedule, which could force broadcasters to compromise coverage plans.

The Chinese are very concerned about something going wrong - and so they are in Olympic gridlock," said John Barton, director of sport for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, which represents broadcasters in 57 countries. "This is the greatest moment in their sporting history," Barton said. "They've built a stage on which they want to perform, but they are rather queasy about how it should be shown."
All I can say is when you try to make deals with a totalitarian government, you get what you pay for.

Popular Posts

2012 London Olympic Games Labels

London 2012 (25) 2012 Olympic Games (16) 2012 London (14) Beijing Olympics (14) 2008 Beijing Olympics (12) 2012 Olympics (11) Beijing 2008 (11) 2008 Olympics (9) China (9) Olympic Games (9) London (8) Olympics (8) Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (6) Olympic Park (6) 2008 china (5) 2012 (5) Beijing Airport (5) Olympic (5) 2008 Olympic (4) Beijing (4) London Olympics (4) London 2012 logo (4) 2010 Vancouver (3) 2012 Games (3) ODA (3) Olympic Committee's (3) VeloPark (3) 2008 Summer Olympics (2) 2010 Winter Olympics (2) Beijing Summer Olympics (2) London 2012 Olympics (2) London stadium (2) all olimpic logos (2) ioc (2) logo (2) olympic Village (2) song (2) 1908 Olympics (1) 20016 (1) 2010 Vancouver talisman (1) 2012 Olympic Stadium (1) 2012 drug cheats (1) 2014 Winter Olympics (1) 2016 Summer Olympics (1) 2018 Winter Olympics (1) ATHENS (1) Alpha Sigma Alpha (1) American cyclists (1) Aquatic Centre (1) Athletics Australia (1) Beijing Map (1) Beijing Subway Map (1) Bijak (1) China Citys (1) David Higgins (1) Interpol (1) Jonathan Stephens (1) Lin Miaoke (1) Locog (1) London 2012 budget plans (1) London Games (1) Louis Smith (1) Michael Phelps (1) Olympic flame (1) Olympic guide (1) Olympic travel (1) Olympics Promo (1) Organising Committee (1) Paralympic Games (1) Paralympic Games 2012 (1) Summit (1) Tessa Jowell (1) UK (1) UK School Games (1) Vodafone (1) Womens Gymnastics (1) adidas (1) k2 (1) korea (1) london velo (1) olimpic flag (1) olympic Football (1) roadshow (1) sport (1) volleyball (1)