Gro Hammerseng (Norway, Handball)
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The 28-year-old is captain of Norway’s handball team, which is favored to win the gold medal in Beijing. Hammerseng is in a relationship with teammate Katja Nyberg, and if you want to know anything else about these two women, you should make yourself comfortable and get started reading the 10,000+ posts about them in AfterEllen.com’s Gro Hammerseng and Katja Nyberg forum.
Katja Nyberg (Norway, Handball)
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Nyberg (pictured above in the red jersey), 28, was voted Most Valuable Player in the 2007 Women’s Handball Championship. Judging by the photo above, MVP apparently includes the ability to freak out the opposing team’s players with the fiercest scowl ever. For even more discussion of Katja, Gro, the Olympics and handball, go to this fan forum.
Judith Arndt (Germany, Cycling)
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Arndt took home the Silver Medal in the road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, which prompted her to flip off the German cycling officials for not nominating her girlfriend, cyclist Petra Rossner, to the German team.
“Of course, we’re happy about the silver medal," she said, "but if the nomination had been given to Petra and she had been on the start line then things would have been different.
We wouldn’t have had to race so recklessly and after all she is the fastest sprinter in the world." Go to her official website here (in German).
Imke Duplitzer (Germany, Fencing)
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Duplitzer, 33, is an
épée fencer who won the Silver Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics; Beijing is her fourth Olympics. In protest of China’s Communist government, Duplitzer has decided to skip the opening ceremonies.
She said: “I am not blaming 1.3 billion Chinese. There is a big difference from the Chinese people who are looking forward to celebrating the games, and the government, which is using the opening ceremony as a platform to show how perfect everything is in China.” Visit Duplitzer’s website here.
Linda Bresonik (Germany, Soccer)
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The 23-year-old midfielder has most famously been involved in a soap opera-like love triangle with former teammate Inka Grings and coach Holger Fachs (a man). If you’re more interested in her stats than her love life, go here.
In case you’re keeping score, that’s three soccer players, two softball players, two handball players, one cyclist, one tennis player and one fencer. And judging from the amount of gossip online about various women’s soccer teams, I think that soccer just might have scored a goal as the dykiest sport ever.
Discuss these ladies and more in the Summer Olympics 2008 forum thread.
— by Malinda Lo