19 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Raj Bhavsar does us proud – Third Indian-American to win a medal at the Olympics

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The Times of India reports:

BEIJING: In a perfect world, Raj Bhavsar should have won an Olympic medal for India. Instead, the gymnast did America proud in Beijing. The 28-year-old Houston lad, born to Gujarati parents Bob and Sue, was part of the sixmember American men’s team which won the bronze medal in artistic gymnastics in the Beijing Olympics here yesterday.
Bhavsar thus became the second Indo-American gymnast, after Mohini Bhardwaj, to win an Olympic medal. Mohini was part of the American women’s team which won a silver in Athens. Bhavsar proved third time lucky after twice coming close to make it to the Olympic team in Sydney and Athens. It was only a fortnight ago that he got a call-up to fill the void created by Paul Hamm’s injury and Bhavsar finally had his day under the sun yesterday.
FAIRYTALE ENDING
“I’M SO grateful to everyone. This has been a fairytale. This medal represents the heart and soul of the team. No one thought we could win a medal together but deep down, we knew we could do it. This makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it.
“Personally, I exceeded my own expectations and I think the team did so as well,” he gushed. PTI

A minor correction in the article–Alexi Grewal is the other Indian-American to have won a medal at the Olympics. Congratulations to Raj Bhavsar; I actually did see him perform and he kept American hopes alive where others fell short–a great team player.

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