Costa Rica Athletes Olympics Bound

Delegation of Athletes Continues To Grow

Costa Rica 2012 OlympicsWith only 6 months to go to the 2012 Olympic games in London, England, Costa Rica is gearing up to participate in their 48th year of Summer Olympics. To date six Costa Rican athletes are confirmed to attend the spectacular event which will take place from July 27, 2012 to August 12, 2012. What can be expected from such great athletes remains a mystery.

Costa Rica has been actively participating in the Olympic games, both since 1936 with a brief absence from 4 subsequent Olympiads. To date, Costa Rica has won 4 medals in the Olympic Games. They include a gold, a silver and two bronze medals all won by Claudia Poll for swimming competitions from the 1988 Games to the Sydney 2000 games.

Costa Rica’s strength in the Olympics has been women’s swimming but  that may change this year with a new series of athletes participating in a variety of categories. To date, Gabriela Trana will participate in the marathon category, with fellow Costa Rica Cesar Lizano.  Nery Brenes will participate in the 400m race. Leonardo Chacon qualified recently in Argentia to solidify his position for the men’s triathlon, the traditional event which usually is the last competing event before the closing ceremony. Andrey Amador will also participate in men’s road cycling.

The delegation attending this year’s Olympics may expand for Costa Rica. Awaiting qualification are Allan Sequra for the 20km walk, Mario Montoya for swimming, Manuel Campos for weightlifting and the ladies Costa Rican national soccer team.

Since 2005 when London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, plans have been underway to build venues, transportation systems, athlete housing and of course security to ensure the games provided a truly unforgettable experience for the athletes and visitors to the games. London is no stranger to bomb attacks and a day after the announcement of the confirmation for London to host the 2012 games, 4 bomb blasts occurred. These incidents however did not deter London to continue planning and building for the games and from all accounts, things seem to be on schedule and will be ready for the opening  ceremony  to be held on July 27, 2012.

For Costa Rica, the Olympics are a change for athletes to compete and shine on the world stage. Considering the amount of money and effort put in by other countries into their athletic programs and sponsorship of athletes financially, Costa Rica has fared quick well. With a medal in each color, let’s support our athletes as they reach for that Olympic medal dream!


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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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