Jessica Ennis - tonight the GB heptathlete is going for gold
By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey
It was a dramatic night at the velodrome last night as Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton had their dreams crushed when they were disqualified from the team sprint. Jess was inconsolable behind the scenes and our hearts went out to her. Four years of training and her Olympic dream was over in seconds. Victoria is not a girl to be defeated though, she’s got more races and she’s bound to come back fighting.
Any disappointment was quickly washed away when “His Royal Thighness” Chris Hoy took to the track and won his fifth gold medal with teammates Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes. The crowds went crazy and from across the velodrome, we spotted the real royals Prince William and Kate have a little embrace with each other to celebrate the moment. Casually dressed in sports gear Kate looked like any other sports fan.
The Aussies are not in a good mood today. On top of a lack of Australian medals, one of their rowers didn’t take well to losing in the men’s eight rowing last night and smashed up a shop in Egham. We suspect Josh Booth is feeling very sheepish this morning. The boss of the Australian Olympic Committee told us this morning that they’re very embarrassed about the whole saga and Josh will be apologising to shop owners this morning.
However someone who didn’t miss out was Greg Searle, who won bronze yesterday. Yesterday, he popped in to show us his shiny medal – lucky us!
It’s back to the pool today, though, where someone is going for gold tonight at the 800m freestyle. And safe to say, Rebecca Adlington is definitely following Team GB’s swimming motto: 'Look Good, Race Good.'
At a test event earlier this year, she spotted us through the melee of male reporters, and calling us over, said, ‘Hairbrush, do you have a hairbrush? I hate going on the podium looking a mess straight from the pool.’ Luckily a hairbrush is almost as important as a notebook in this game, so we were happy to oblige…
swimmer, Olympic medallist Cassie Patten, was kind enough to share her tips for looking good in the pool: Bobbi Brown liquid eyeliner, Maybelline waterproof mascara and Nails Inc nail polish. Who knew?!
To make matters worse, athletes aren’t allowed to wash their hair for several days when competing as soft hair means the swimming cap can slip. So when it’s all over, Rebecca uses Ojon. And while might be super waxed in the pool, in the run up to the Olympics? Err, not so much… According to Rebecca, in the month before an event, no one shaves. Yikes!
Away from the pool (where we hope she will get gold – 800m is her strongest event), today also sees the start of the athletics with 2012 poster girl, heptathlete Jessica Ennis, making her first appearance. She’s already run her fastest time in hurdles this morning so we can expect more from the girl from the Sheffield lass. Here’s hoping, ladies!