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Look out for events by the city’s major sporting teams including
Yorkshire Cricket, Leeds Rugby and Leeds United.
If after all that you still have the energy to celebrate
further, imove, Yorkshire’s Cultural Olympiad explores and
celebrates human movement. Tink live dance events in
unexpected places including pop up activity in Leeds Kirkgate
Market and shows in social spaces.
TRAININGFORTRIUMPH
Leeds has plenty
more reasons to celebrate
as the city welcomes pre-
training bases for a number
of Olympic teams, the most
notable of which is China.
As host nation, China had a
hugely successful 2008 Olympics, winning 100 medals
in Beijing, including 51 gold – more than any other
nation. Around 300 athletes, coaches and support staff
representing China will be based in Leeds as they prepare
and acclimatise to English conditions before heading to
London for this year’s Games.
Te Chinese athletes will be competing in various
disciplines including athletics, boxing, swimming, fencing,
women’s handball,women’s hockey, table tennis and taekwondo.
Serbia will also be using the city as a base, as will the
diving teams from Russia, the USA and Australia and the
Dutch swimming team. Te Canadian wheelchair rugby
Paralympic team will also be based in Leeds.
LEEDS GOLD
It’s not just the city’s illustrious visitors who are looking
to bring home Olympic medals – local athletes are also gearing
up for success in London.
Alistair and Jonny Brownlee took frst and third places
at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship
London in 2011, and are currently ranked one and two in
the world respectively. Te brothers have already met Team
GB’s selection criteria for 2012 and seem set for success. Te
triathlon is a famously unpredictable Olympic sport though
and the boys are taking no chances. We spoke to them about
their training schedule and prospects for London 2012.
WHO DO YOU
CONSIDER TO BE YOUR
BIGGEST RIVALS, EXCEPT
EACHOTHER?
Alistair:
Te thing with
triathlon is that so many
people can win on a given
day, it’s really unpredictable,
so you could be in a feld and 20 people could win, or even
more, but it might be likely that fve will win. Tere’s one guy,
Javier Gomez from Spain, who’s always up there and is a really
fantastic athlete, so he’s probably the main rival.
AROUND 300 ATHLETES, COACHES AND
SUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTING CHINA
WILLBEBASED INLEEDS.
Carrying the Torch