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OLYMPIC REVIEW49Well toned, sporting a dark tan and aboutas cool a character as one can be,Emanuel Rego moves swiftly around abeach volleyball court exuding the confidence of theseasoned veteran that he is. Standing 190cm tall,the 38-year-old Brazilian superstar has played atevery Olympic beach volleyball competition sinceAtlanta 1996 - the first time medals were awardedin the discipline. Along with partner Ricardo Santos,Rego served and spiked his way to a gold medal inAthens 2004 before the duo captured bronze fouryears later in Beijing.Next summer's Olympic Games will be Rego'sfifth, with beach volleyball being staged in centralLondon's Horse Guards Parade, near Downing Streetand a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace."I think about the emotion of this and it gives mechills," says Rego about London 2012. "When you'replaying at the Olympic Games, it's hard to control youremotions, but especially when there is a really goodatmosphere, with people watching in a special placesuch as the London venue. I think everything will be in place to have a really great event."The historic site is home to the Trooping the Colourceremony, held annually on the Queen's birthday, andis also the former Headquarters of the British Army,making it a truly unique setting for the beach volleyballtournament. Instead of swords, the most dangerousweapons will be the open hands of the sport's well-chiselled titans, who routinely rocket volleyballstowards their challengers at breakneck speeds."You talk about the British Army and I think we willbe like warriors in London," says Rego, with a hint ofhumour in his tone. "The players of beach volleyballare fighting against the sun, the sand, the wind andeven against the opponents. It's a real battle, wherethe teams who can adjust the best will win."The veteran volleyball star attributes much of hiscontinued motivation to the enjoyment of playing withhis current partner, Alison Cerutti - a 2.02m-tall 25-year-old with a muscular physique who is a highlyimposing force at the net. Rego says that London hasalways been part of his game plan even though he will be nearly 40 by the time the Games start."Every time I think about the Olympic Games, Ihave the idea that I want to be there again," he says."When I wake up to train or play in a tournament, I think this is one more step to being there. As I'vedone at the four Games so far, I try to motivate myselfevery year and every hour that I train."And what if the Queen happens to take a leisurelystroll from Buckingham Palace to the Horse GuardsParade venue, just to catch a glimpse of thesewarriors of sport, as Rego likes to describe them?"For sure, I'll get nervous," he says, regarding thepossibility of a royal visit by the Queen. "I saw themarriage of her grandson, Prince William, and I thinkall of the planet stopped to see that. I think all of theplanet will stop again to see her watching some beachvolleyball. It will be fun, but also traditional."In May, Rego and Cerutti broke the 40-match,seven-tournament winning streak of the dominantAmerican duo Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhousser at anFIVB event in Prague. It is highly probable that the fourfriendly rivals will wage further battles in the future,perhaps even for gold in London."He's really a good ambassador of the sport andone of the greatest of all-time," says Rogers, the 2008Olympic gold medallist, regarding Rego. "He takes thetime to do the interviews, sign the autographs, kiss the babies and do that sort of thing."I'd put him up there with Karch and Sinjin,"continues Rogers, comparing the Brazilian to formerAmerican volleyball stars Karch Kiraly and SinjinSmith. "He's a pretty special player and he'll definitelygo down in my book as one of the top three."Although five years away, it is hard not to imagineRego at home in Rio de Janeiro, playing on the beachwhere he began his professional career nearly 20years ago, at the 2016 Olympic Games."We will see what happens in 2013 because if Ikeep playing I want to be very competitive," says Regoabout extending his career beyond London and possiblyto a sixth Olympic Games. "I will feel my body andemotions, but right now, when I think about it, I cannotsee myself playing until that age. But you never know.We are athletes, always improving with new challenges.I don't know. It's a challenging question." If not in action, Rego hopes he can be in Rio to passalong his expertise to the next generation of players."I dream about it because when I started to playbeach volleyball, it was at Copacabana, where theOlympic Games will be held," he says about the event,which will surely be one of the hottest tickets in 2016."I want to be part of it even if I will only be there as a coach because the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeirowill be awesome." For now, the Brazilian veteran appears to be 100per cent focused and committed to his continuedsuccess - and perhaps even a third Olympic medal -leading up to what will surely be an unforgettablespectacle come late July and early August in 2012."With all of the world's best players trying to be ontop, as usual, the Olympic Games will have theirsurprises," Rego adds. "But I think London will be evenmore emotional than all of the others." ?ATHLETE INTERVIEWLondon 2012

Few cities can boast an Olympic history asrich as London's. When the announcementwas made in Singapore in 2005 that the2012 Games had been awarded to the British capital,it ensured that the city would be adding to its proudand illustrious Olympic heritage. Next year will see London become the first city to host the Summer Games on three occasions -further underlining the city's inextricable link to theOlympic Movement.But the preparations for 2012 could not be moredifferent to the challenges that organisers faced in1908 and 1948. While Sebastian Coe and his team at the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG)have had a full seven years to prepare for the Games,their counterparts in 1908 and 1948 had to workunder very different circumstances. Despite thedifficulties they faced and the hurdles they had toovercome, both the 1908 and 1948 Games weredeemed a success - laying the foundations ofLondon's unique Olympic history, which will becontinued with pride in 2012.50OLYMPIC REVIEWBelowItaly'sDorando Pietri ishelped across theline at the end of the marathonin 1908London 2012OLYMPIC HISTORYCAPITALSUCCESSAS LONDON PREPARES TO HOST ITS THIRDSUMMER GAMES, OLYMPIC REVIEWLOOKS BACKAT THE CITY'S FASCINATING OLYMPIC HISTORYAND REMEMBERS SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTSFROM THE 1908 AND 1948 GAMESLondon Games