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Hooray for Georgia! by American Elephant
August 13, 2008, 2:47 am
Filed under: Europe, Foreign Policy, News, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Georgia has kicked Russia’s ass… in women’s beach volleyball at least. Two native Brazilians who adopted Georgia in order to play in the games, Cristine Santanna and Andrezza Martins, beat Russians Alexandra Shiryaeva and Natalya Uryadova 10-21, 22-20, and 15-12 to advance in the round robin.

Meanwhile, native Georgian, Nino Salukvadze won the bronze medal for her country Sunday in the women’s 10-meter air pistol competition while Russian, Natalia Paderina won silver. The two friends hugged on the podium, waving flowers in the air and smiling at the audience.

Concerned for their families and country, Georgia’s delegation was set to return home. But in the wee hours Sunday, their president, Mikheil Saakashvili, got word to the 35 member team through his wife, who was in China to watch the games and cheer the athletes. Saakashvili asked the athletes to stay — that they could do more for their country by remaining in Beijing.

You can follow the medal count here. And follow news of Georgian athletes here.

I know I will be cheering for them.


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