Today, Argentina’s Olympic Committee announced that field-hockey star Luciana Aymar would be Argentina’s flag bearer. Aymar is the only player in the world to have been elected the Int’l Hockey Federation’s World Player of the Year seven times. She is apparently known as “El Diego,” or the Maradona of field hockey players. She was a silver medalist in 2000 at Sydney, and a bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing games—this is a well-deserved honor for her.
The Argentinean Olympic Committee voted 10 votes in favor of Aymar, while DelPo received 5 votes. Cyclist Walter Perez received 3 votes while NBA Houston Rockets player Luis Scola (who often cheer-Tweets for Pico, Nalby and DelPo during their matches) received 1 vote.
As a DelPo fan, it would have been amazing if he’d had the chance to carry the flag for Argentina. However, he did receive the consolation honor of being Argentina’s flag bearer during the closing ceremony. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that DelPo will attend the closing ceremony, as it conflicts with the Toronto Masters this year. It’s a pity, but Aymar has certainly earned her honors, so it’s tough to begrudge her (I say this after a solid few hours of begrudging her :)).
As a preview of the Olympic Games to come, here is a commercial that Coca-Cola Argentina made for the Games. DelPo makes an appearance (at 0:44), and then another appearance (at 0:53), drinking a bottle of Coke (he drinks it the right way, out of the old-fashioned glass bottle):
The Argie version of the Coca-Cocal commercial is a spin-off of the original Coca-Cola anthem for the 2012 Summer Olympics, called “Move to the Beat,” by DJ Mark Ronson and Katy B:
Apparently, the song is supposed to reflect the sounds of the sports that 5 respective Olympic hopefuls play. Tennis was not one of the featured sounds—I may one day make a remix with the “THUMP” sound of DelPo’s forehands added in 😉 It’s a catchy song and a nice way to look forward to the Summer Games (enjoy the song now, before it plays on endless loop during the Games!) Shout-out to @CandyLaughLove for the video link!
As for DelPo, he unfortunately had to withdraw from Queens due to the knee injury that had been bothering him during Rome and Roland Garros. He’s been in Argentina since his QF loss at RG, getting treatment for his knee. He says he wants to be in the best possible shape for Wimbledon.
It’s tough to say what the lack of preparation on grass will mean for DelPo at Wimby and the Olympics. However, he is still confirmed for the Boodles exho tourny, which means we will have time to observe how he plays on the green stuff before the double-header of the Wimby & Olympics madness begins.
Have a nice day and stay cool!