27 November, 2020

Brand New Heavies

A US pugilist fresh out of prison, a Russian wrestler who carried his fridge up to his eighth-floor apartment... size does matter. But spirit may recall the ‘60s Ali frenzy.

Brand New Heavies

It takes strength, but sometimes it calls for a different kind of strength, an iron will to match the applied muscle that sends implements or opponents flying through the air or to the mat. If an Australian can indulge himself, we have a terrific example before our eyes right now.

At the athletics selection trials at the Olympic stadium in mid-August, Louise Currey’s medal hopes seemed to disappear before our eyes. As she made her approach for her third throw, she felt her right leg give a bit. Then, off balance, her left knee crumpled beneath her like a strand of cooked spaghetti hitting the plate. Yet a couple of days later she announced her determination to compete in Sydney. She would need a knee reconstruction after the games, the Atlanta silver medallist said, but nothing would stop her from competing. "I’m not going to miss this, not unless I get hit by a bus," she said then. Twelve days later, Currey again fronted the media.

This time her knee was in a brace, but her attitude had not changed. The...



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