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Daring Mt Olympus

Not even halfway through the games, records are already tumbling like ninepins

Daring Mt Olympus
Daring Mt Olympus
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So did the Russian phoenix eventually rise from the ashes of despair? She didn't! She's cursed, probably. Like the by-now famous Greg Louganis accident on the springboard a couple of Olympics ago, Sydney may well be remembered for Svetlana Khorkina's fall from the uneven bars last week. The newly christened Queen of the Great Olympic Twitch, she fell not once, but twice, each time the gold moving agonisingly farther away from her. From despair to even deeper despair.

But then, that's what Olympics is all about, you'd say. It's not about winning, but being there. A former Playboy pin-up girl, this 1996 Atlanta champion on uneven bars came as a star, but left the games empty-handed. Sydney-watchers thronged the venue, anxious to see her haunting body language - her dances on the floor, her vaults on the uneven bar - as graceful as a ballerina. Instead, now they'll be haunted by the crumpled, tearful face of a champion. Standing at 5 feet 5 inches, Khorkina was a Tolstoyan tragic figure, to say the least.

If Khorkina couldn't make...

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