7.27.2012

Summer Olympics 2012: Portugal

Let's go for at least four medals in London, Portugal!
I hope we reach a new medal high in these Olympics.  I'm sure we've got a fantastic team this time around, all ready to bring home the gold, silver and bronze.

Here is a link to the Portugal profile on the official Olympics site.

We usually do better in the Athletics portion, but maybe this time around we will surprise people. 
According to the Olympics site, we have 80 athletes competing, although some say a bit less.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia page showing results, etc.

Another great article about the Olympics hopes for Portugal in London 2012 - here's an excerpt:

This year, the triple jump Olympic champion will not be able to attend the Olympics in July due to injuries. Staying in Portugal with him are the injured Naide Gomes, Francis Obikwelu and Rui Silva, the latter two having won silver and bronze respectively in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Vanessa Fernandes, who represented Portugal in the women’s triathlon and won silver at the last Olympics in Beijing, will not be going to London either.
 This is a significant loss for Portugal’s “Missão Olímpica” (Olympic Mission) who say the participation of the missing athletes was fundamental due to their experience and competitive value.
 Even though some of Portugal’s most acclaimed athletes were thus unable to make it to London, the Portuguese team includes athletes who have recently won medals in various competitions, thus increasing the likelihood of positive results for Portugal.
At the 2012 European Athletics Championships held in Helsinki in June Dulce Félix (see photo) won a gold medal after finishing first in the 10,000 metres race, Patrícia Mamona won silver for the triple jump and Sara Moreira won bronze after finishing third in the 5,000 metres race.
 Judoka Telma Monteiro will also be competing at the Olympics and has been named as the team’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony. Monteiro is currently Europe’s female Judo champion having won the gold medal at the European Championships held in Russia this year, and is second in the world ranking list.

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