Australian beach volleyball star Natalie Cook is taking part in her fifth Olympic games in London, making her the first Australian athlete to take part in five Olympics, and the only athlete of any nation to compete in Olympic beach volleyball in every Olympics since it was first introduced in 1996. Cook, who is a Landmark Education graduate, won the gold medal in Sydney in 2000 along with teammate Kerri Pottharst; the pair had won the bronze medal in the 1996 games in Atlanta.
Now 37 years old, Cook anticipates this will be her last Olympic games – she is the oldest beach volleyball player to competing in London. Cook is competing in London in front Number 10 Downing Street (the home of Great Britain’s prime ministers), in front of what is believed to be the largest crowd ever to observe beach volleyball.
“It’s been a good life for me, she said, reminiscing about all the Olympics she has taken part in. I love everything about the sport and about the Olympic Games.” Read more about Cook’s Olympic appearance in The Chicago Tribune.
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