Georgians are taking a keen interest in the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, this month. Augustans take particular pride in the rowing teams, some of whom train in Augusta.
On Wednesday, the women's quad scull team, which is often seen plying the Savannah River, advanced to the finals, to be held Sunday.
The men's lightweight double sculls and men's and women's eights also advanced for Sunday's finals, while Augusta rowers Henry Nuzum and Mike Ferry didn't quite pull hard enough to make the finals in the men's double scull.
Savannah weightlifter Cara Heads-Lane had a disappointing competition, only completing two of her six lift attempts and placing seventh overall. But she was Team Savannah's first athlete to compete in the Olympics, and was among the first United States women's weightlifting team to compete at the world's most prestigious competition. And she may be back in 2004.
The University of Georgia has a number of athletes to crow about in its several gold and silver medal winners.
Win or lose, all the athletes are Olympians and we extend our congratulations to Georgia competitors who are in the Games.