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Congratulations to our friends for their performance @London 2012!

14 août 2012

Let’s celebrate the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games and congratulate all the fantastic champions we met during the Global Sports Forum, we are very proud of you!

Tony Estanguet, three-time World Champion in Canoe Slalom (C-1), made his dream come true on July 31st during his fourth appearance at the Olympics. He won the gold medal in the men’s C-1 Canoe Slalom final at the Lee Valley White Water Center. He is now a triple-Olympic champion and the first French athlete to win three gold medals in the same discipline. Read the article “Meeting with Tony Estanguet” to learn more about him.

What’s next? Tony is a candidate for the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission alongside 20 other athletes. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, all athletes had to vote in order to elect 4 representatives for a term of eight years. During this period, they will also serve as IOC members, bringing the athletes’ voice to the heart of the Olympic Movement. Results of the election will be officially released in 3 weeks.

Follow Tony on Twitter @TonyESTANGUET

Oscar Pistorius, South African Track Athlete and 400m specialist, often referred to as the « Blade Runner », participated in his first Olympic Games making history as the first amputee track athlete to compete in any Olympic Games. He ran the men’s 400m semi-final and also the 4×400-meter relay final with the South African Olympic team.
« It’s something I will definitely remember for the rest of my life, » Oscar declared.

What’s next? In a few weeks, Oscar will be back at the same stadium on his carbon-fiber blades for the Paralympics. For his third Paralympic Games, he will be defending his title in the 100, 200 and 400 meters – and will be expected to win a fourth gold medal this timearound with the South African 4×100 relay team.

Follow Oscar on Twitter @OscarPistorius

Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the US Women’s National Soccer team  now owns two Olympic gold medals as well as the Golden Glove Award as the top goalie at last year’s FIFA World Cup. Hope’s six super saves helped Americans avenge their 2011 World Cup final loss to Japan and win their third consecutive Olympic title by beating Japan 2-1 in a tense final.

What’s next? The whole team will be on a « victory tour, » beginning next month. The first two games have already been announced: Sept. 1 against Costa Rica and Sept. 16 against Australia. Some well-deserved downtime will come after that.

Follow Hope on Twitter@hopesolo

Tony Parker, NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs, led the French Basketball team to the elimination round, alongside Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum among others. After the seven-point defeat against Spain, he’s sure France’s time will come.

What’s next? Tony has already marked the 2013 European Championships (September 2013, in Slovenia) on his calendar and also the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for what could be his last time playing with Les Bleus. Tony’s NBA season with the Spurs is scheduled to kick off on October 31st against New Orleans.

Follow Tony on Twitter @tp9network

Michael Phelps, the famous American swimmer who had already won 16 Olympic medals, swam into history: he won 6 medals (4 Gold and 2 Silver medals) at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He became the most decorated medalist in history of Games with 22 medals during his illustrious career, breaking the former record held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina (18 Olympic medals).

What’s next? Michael swears that he will not be swimming (one assumes this means competitively) « past the age of 30″ and that his one desire is « just to relax, not to answer to anybody, not have anyone tell me where to go, when to go there, what to do, just be on my own time. ». Now that he’s retired from swimming, Michael Phelps is ready to try a new stroke: golf. He signed up as Hank Haney’s latest pupil. He will be featured in  »The Haney Project, » on the Golf Channel hoping that golf can fill his competitive void.

Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelPhelps

María Vasco, race walker competing for the Spanish Olympic team, ran the Women’s 20km Race Walk on August 11 and finished 10th. “I have enjoyed a lot, especially the circuit and the environment”, María declared.

What’s next? After beginning her Olympic career in Atlanta in 1996, she decided to retire after five Olympic Games. She will fight for making her sport more recognized.

Follow María on Twitter @_MariaVasco

Iain Percy, Olympic champion just two years after turning professional, won the Silver medal with Andrew Simpson in the Medal Race Men’s Keelboat (Star) event in the London 2012 Olympic sailing competition. The silver medal made Iain Percy the joint second most successful British Olympic sailor of all time, equaling Rodney Pattisson’s achievement of two golds and one silver medal. Speaking immediately after the race, Iain said:  »Just going past [the spectators], we’re hurting so much inside so to feel that they are still happy for us, it will be one of the highlights of my life and the only thing that could put a smile on my face.”

What’s next? Asked “What’s your plan ‘B’?”, Iain answered: « To coach the next generation of British sailors ». He is now turning his attentions to another globally-recognized sailing event.

“I’m going to be straight off for the Americas Cup now […] with a Swedish team. I’d like to have taken a bit more time off now to see friends and family I haven’t been around to see. But life goes on and I’ve got to get back to my professional racing team,” Iain said.

Follow Iain on Twitter @IainPercy

Seb Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, and Sir Keith Mills, Deputy Chairman of the LOCOG as well as Chairman of the International Inspiration Foundation – have succeeded in delivering the greatest sporting and entertaining show on earth. What a Games it has been! The Global Sports Forum team would like to congratulate them for what they accomplished.

What’s next? Seb Coe has declared his intention to seek the Presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (the IAAF).

Sir Keith Mills will be the Chair of the Project Board and assume the pivotal role of leading a merged UK Sport and Sport England that will allocate funding for future Olympic challenges.

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