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Monday, August 15, 2016

Olympic hockey babe 1: Ellen Hoog

We have to say that we haven't really engaged with the Rio Olympics.  Partly, that is because we missed the whole first week due to Cowes Week, partly it is because of the time difference and partly it is because it is in Brazil, a horrible country we had the misfortune to visit a few years ago.  The Olympic promotion of an unpleasant country, who try to use the games to persuade the rest of the world that they are a great country, always reminds us of Berlin in 1936 (see also Moscow 1980).  We didn't watch the Beijing Olympics for the same reason.  

Triple P did stay up last night to watch the men's 400m (briefly, when we were at school we held a regional record in the event) and the 100m (why is multiple drugs cheat Justin Gatlin allowed in the Olympics?  Glad to hear him being booed by the crowd and glad Bolt pulverised him).

So we haven't done our usual in depth research on Olympic babes but as the hockey is on at present we thought it is worth taking another look at veteran (she is now thirty) Dutch player Ellen Hoog.  We looked at the Dutch Women's Hockey team in 2012 and they are after a third gold medal this year. 

Since Hoog's second gold medal in London she has had her world babeness recognised by Sports Illustrated and did a pictorial with fellow team member Eva de Goede in 2013.  And very Goede they looked too.

Unlike some miserable British sportswomen, they don't feel that posing in swimsuits or lingerie demeans them and detracts from their sporting achievements.  They know it adds to their commercial power and money as well as making a statement that a fit body is something youngsters should aspire too.

The Dutch team have been pretty unbeatable for years although they faltered in last year's European Championships in London, when they lost to Great Britain in a penalty shootout.

Unbeaten Britain play in the quarter finals today and the Dutch take on Argentina tomorrow so we hope Ellen socks it to the Argies!  A British hockey girl next!

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