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Jul 14 2010 10:40 AM ET

The Olympics may still be two years away, but designer Stella McCartney has already begun a special race of her own: She has just been named the creative director for the British Olympic team. The designer, 38, is to head up Team GB’s Adidas ranges for the London-based games in 2012, the company announced Wednesday. “I have to make it look good on TV, I have to make it feel good for the athletes, I have to make it work–technically it has to do its job,” she says of the “million challenges” ahead. But the designer knows when it comes to the Olympics, fashion can’t get in the way of winning medals. “The main thing I want do is not in any way get involved with making their performance not its best,” Stella says in a statement. While it’s still too soon to preview any sketches, the married mother-of-three, who is expecting baby number four in the fall, says she will be “working with incredibly technical fabrics.” She already has the thumbs up from British Olympic and World Champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who says a prestigious marker is being laid down. “It is really important as the host nation to set the standards,” she said. “To have a British designer, inputting into the British kit is going to be very special.” McCartney is already well-known for her women’s sports-inspired performance range, Adidas by Stella McCartney.

from:  http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2010/07/14/stella-mccartneys-olympic-challenge/

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Stella McCartney was born on September 13th, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_mccartney

September 13th, 1971

9 + 13 +1+9+7+1 = 40 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Pitching in.  Helping out.  Doing her part.

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September 13th

9 + 13 +2+0+0+9 = 33 = her personal year (from September 13th, 2009 to September 12th, 2010)

33 year + 7 (July) = 40 = her personal month (from July 13th, 2010 to August 12th, 2010) = Pitching in.  Helping out.  Doing her part.

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Charlie Francis in Seoul in 1988

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 22:05 UK

Charlie Francis, the former coach of disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, has died at the age of 61.

Canadian Francis died on Wednesday at a Toronto hospital after a five-year battle with cancer.

Francis was working with Johnson when the sprinter became the first athlete to be stripped of an Olympic gold medal for using banned drugs.

Johnson tested positive for the steroid stanozolol after winning the 100m at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Athletics Canada banned Francis from coaching for life after he told a 1989 inquiry into the scandal that he had introduced Johnson to steroids.

from:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/8679083.stm

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Charles Francis (October 13, 1948 – May 12, 2010) was a sprint coach most noteworthy for being the trainer of sprinter Ben Johnson, the first competitor to be stripped of an Olympic gold medal for using banned drugs, and sprinters Angella Issajenko, Mark McKoy, and Desai Williams. Francis was banned by Athletics Canada following his admissions at the 1989 Dubin inquiry that he had introduced Johnson to steroids.

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Francis

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October 13th, 1948

10 + 13 +1+9+4+8 = 45 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Replace a bad habit with a good one.  Common sense is uncommon.  Is the glass half empty or half full?  Still waters run deep.  Do it yourself.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Educate yourself.  Figure it out.  Work smarter – not harder.  Working long hours.  Investing time and energy.  Toughen up.  Deep impact.  Powerful force.  Maximum intensity.  Pump up the volume.  Go where the energy is.  Life-affirming.  The school of hard knocks.  Trial & error.  Personal space.  Keep it secret.  Why do you ask?  That’s personal.  That’s none of your business.  Private investigator.  See through.  X-ray.  Every cloud has a silver lining.  Count not what is lost but what is left.  Accepting loss.  Take away.  Tunnel vision.  Let it go.  What is not.  Shades of gray.  You’re being hard on yourself.  It’s all your fault.  Suffering in silence.  Feel sorry for.  Ouch.  That’s gotta hurt.  Hard feelings.  Hard eyes.  Kick the habit.  If it happened once, it can happen again.  Snakes bite.  Coulda, shoulda, woulda.  Bitter marriage.  The middle finger.  expectations > reality = disappointment

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Charlie Francis

3            1    1

 

the most important thing he could do = CA = 31

how he obtained/lost his heart’s desire = CS = 31 = Competition.  Challenges.  Tests.  Contests.  Contestant.  Runner-up.  Competitor.  Contender.  Opponent.  Scrimmage.  Sparring.  Practice.  Training.  Trainer.  Martial arts.  Wrestling.  Grappling.  Drums.  Scramble.  Stir.  Catalyst.  Reaction.  Risk.  Controversy.  Contention.  Provocateur.  Provoke.  Instigate.  Tease.  Taunt.  Ruckus.  Noise.  Dissonance.  Disturbance.  Strife.  Squabbles.  Quarrels.  Feuds.  Antagonism.  Rivalry.  Agitation.  Rowdy.  Wild.  Troublemaker.  Disorderly conduct.  Scandal. 

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Yang Yun (left) and Dong Fangxiao

Dong Fangxiao (right) was 14-years-old when she won the bronze medal
 
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 16:22 UK

Underage gymnast costs China Sydney Olympics bronze

China have been been stripped of the Olympic bronze medal won by the women’s gymnastic team at the 2000 Games in Sydney for using an underage gymnast.

The International Olympic Committee acted after investigations determined that gymnast Dong Fangxiao was only 14 years old at the 2000 Games.

Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible.

The United States women’s team, who finished in fourth place in Sydney, will now take bronze medal

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) carried out the investigation and subsequently recommended the IOC take the medal back.

The IOC executive board upheld the request and formally stripped the medal on the first day of a two-day meeting in Dubai.

Dong was also stripped of her sixth-place result in the individual floor exercises and seventh place in the vault.

The FIG had previously cleared five Chinese gymnasts suspected of being underage at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, after Chinese officials provided original passports, ID cards and family registers showing all of the gymnasts were old enough to compete.

But the FIG had said following that investigation it was not satisfied with “the explanations and evidence provided to date” for Dong and a second gymnast, Yang Yun from the 2000 Olympic team.

However, FIG investigators did not find sufficient evidence to prove Yang, who also won a bronze medal on uneven bars in 2000, was underage so she received only a warning.

from:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/gymnastics/8649850.stm

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Dong Fangxaio

4       6          6

both her primary challenge = DF = 46

and how she obtains/loses her heart’s desire = DO = 46 = Underage.

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Kristen Maloney

12:57 p.m. EDT, April 28, 2010

Pen Argyl gymnast wins Olympic medal — 10 years later

China today was stripped of a team bronze medal in women’s gymnastics from the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, elevating the United States — and Pen Argyl’s Kristen Maloney — to third place and the bronze.

In a ruling made in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the International Olympic Committee ruled that China used an underage gymnast in the Sydney Games. An investigation determined that a Chinese gymnast was 14, and gymnasts must be 16 or older — or turn 16 during the Olympic year — to be eligible.

Maloney, who trained with the Parkettes and later became an NCAA champion at UCLA, said in a 2008 interview with The Morning Call that the U.S. did “great” in the team competition in 2000.

“We had a really good team final even though we came in fourth,” she said. “Sometimes the other teams are just better, as long as you’re satisfied with your effort.”

Romania and Russia won the gold and silver, respectively, in Sydney.

Maloney was one of three U.S. women to vie for the all-around title in Sydney, but finished 20th after she landed short on her dismount from the balance beam, which knocked her out of the top 10.

from:  http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-maloney-olympic-medal-042810-cn,0,3313737.story

Kristen Maloney was born on March 10th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristen_Maloney

March 10th, 1981

3 + 10 +1+9+8+1 = 32 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  Champion.  Mighty.  Glory.  Pride.  Great.  Top 10.  First place.  Number 1.  Olympics.  Medal. 

March 10th

3 + 10 +2+0+1+0 = 16 = her personal year (from March 10th, 2010 to March 9th, 2011) = Surprises.  Shocks.  Instantaneous.  Sudden.  Astonishment.  Astounding.  Spectacular.  Amazing.  Amazement.  Speechless.  Unprecedented. 

16 year + 4 (April) = 20 = her personal month (from April 10th, 2010 to May 9th, 2010) = Turning point.  Judgement.  Resolution.  Final decision.  Final answer.  Deliberations.  Verdict.  Judges.

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American Rebecca Bross won the women’s competition on Saturday, finishing ahead of 15-year old American Alexandra Raisman, who comes from about 45 miles away in Needham, in a strong showing for the Americans.

from:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2010-03-06-3463324046_x.htm

Rebecca Bross was born on July 11th, 1993 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Bross

July 11th

7 + 11 +2+0+0+9 = 29 = her personal year (from July 11th, 2009 to July 10th, 2010)

29 year + 2 (February) = 31 = her personal month (from February 11th, 2010 to March 10th, 2010) = Competition. 

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Cheltzie Lee

WHEN Sydney figure skater Cheltzie Lee pulled off the performance of her career yesterday, one person was never far from her thoughts: close friend Morgan Innes.

Stepping on to the rink for her first Olympics, 16-year-old Lee dazzled spectators with an athletic routine performed to Michael Buble’s Feeling Good, a show that put her 18th of 30 skaters with a score of 52.16 points.

“It’s the best score I’ve ever gotten in my short program and it’s the perfect time to do it at the Olympics,” she said.

The former gymnast later paid tribute to her friend Innes, who died in the 2007 Sydney Harbour ferry crash.

“I am sure she would be so proud of me,” Lee said. “I wish she was here with me.”

It was a remarkable effort considering Lee only learnt she would skate at the Games three weeks ago when an Israeli competitor withdrew.

“Ever since I found out, I’ve been training my butt off so I’m glad I’ve done the best I can do,” she said.

Coach Kylie Fennell was thrilled her young charge had made the top 24 to qualify for the free skate final tomorrow.

“Tonight she even surprised me with her confidence and maturity,” Fennell said.

Lee has a permanent spinal defect after a 2007 car crash in Colorado, where she spends time training.

When she is not competing, she wears a yellow wristband dedicated to Innes, who died in the ferry disaster with three other members of Australia’s ice skating community.

from:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cheltzie-lee-shocks-herself-in-winter-olympics-figure-skating/story-e6frf9if-1225834075264

Cheltzie Lee was born on April 21st, 1993 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltzie_Lee

April 21st, 1993

4 + 21 +1+9+9+3 = 47 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = The future.  Famous.  Name + fame.  Notoriety.  Name recogniton.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

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Joannie Rochette Podium 2009 4CC.jpg
Mother of Top Canadian Figure Skater Joannie Rochette Dies
Two days before the Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette was to compete here on home soil and contend for an Olympic medal, her Olympics took a tragic turn. Her mother, Therese, died on Sunday in a hospital here, Skate Canada president Benoit Lavoie said. She was 55. The cause of death has not been announced.The skater’s father, Normand Rochette, broke the news to his daughter early Sunday morning. While other skaters practiced for the competition at the Pacific Coliseum, the two spent the morning in the athletes’ village, officials said.

Therese Rochette and her husband, Normand, had flown here on Saturday from Montreal to see their daughter compete. She was considered Canada’s best chance for a women’s figure skating medal since Elizabeth Manley won the silver medal at the 1988 Calgary Games.

Rochette, the silver medalist at the 2009 world championships, is still expected to compete on Tuesday in the short program. The long program is set for Thursday.

from:  http://vancouver2010.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/mother-of-top-canadian-figure-skater-joannie-rochette-dies/

Joannie Rochette was born on January 13th, 1986 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joannie_Rochette

January 13th, 1986

1 + 13 +1+9+8+6 = 38 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Caring.  Nurturing.  Support.  Feelings.  Emotions.  Mom. 

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