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Josh Ross & Drew Ginn in Olympic comebacks

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1 Josh Ross & Drew Ginn in Olympic comebacks on Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:15 pm

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Ross and Ginn lead Olympic comebacks

By Paul Mulvey
ninemsn.com
Mon Jun 25 2012


His chances of getting to the Olympics again were so remote, he resorted to working in a male strip club.

Josh Ross is the most surprising of Australia's handful of Olympic comebacks, evolving quietly from retired sprinter to topless waiter to two-time Olympian.

Like Ian Thorpe, Ross was not at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Unlike Thorpe, Ross made a quiet bid to get to the London Games. And, unlike Thorpe, he has.

He might have about the same chance of winning a medal now as he did when he was at the strip club, but just getting to London is a triumph for the 31-year-old.

Another comeback king, however, is in line for history.

Rower Drew Ginn, 37, can become the first Australian to win four gold medals from four Games after also finding retirement wasn't for him.

And as the oldest member of the highly fancied and new look Oarsome Foursome, Ginn's chances of four in a row are among Australia's best hopes for London gold.

He left Beijing four years ago with his third gold medal and a chronic back injury, which forced him to retire.

A year and a couple of bouts of surgery later, he was back on the water and an automatic selection in Australia's rowing team.

A win at Eton Dorney will put Ginn one Olympic gold medal shy of Thorpe's Australian record.

While Thorpe made the highest profile comeback in Australian sporting history in his ultimately unsuccessful bid to add to his medal tally, Ross remained under the radar until April.

When he won his sixth national 100m title in a time of 10.23 seconds, a mere .05 outside the A-qualifier, Australia's third fastest man in history was suddenly in the frame for an unexpected Olympic return.

He couldn't make up that time before the team was named, but he's selected for the 4x100m relay in London and still has a slim chance of running the individual event.

A 100m semi-finalist in Athens in 2004, an unmotivated Ross pulled out of the 2008 Olympic trials and retired the following year after a meltdown at the world championships.

He returned to athletics last year after trying to impress gridiron scouts in Los Angeles and struggling to cope with the tedium of working the early shift at Cash Converters.

Coaching himself, he's made it back to the Olympics, achieving what many others, headed by Thorpe, failed to do.

Thorpe's fellow swimmers Geoff Huegill and Michael Klim also fell short in their comebacks, as did kayaker Clint Robinson who was aiming for a sixth Olympics, while Libby Trickett came out of a shortlived retirement to get to her third Games.

After winning her third Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008, Trickett, 27, spent less than a year out of the pool and, having snuck in as a 4x100m freestyle relay swimmer for London, she's a strong chance for another medal.

Injury eventually beat Ginn's Beijing double sculls partner Duncan Free, as it did with luckless dual 400m hurdles world champion Jana Pittman in their comebacks.

But the courts, bankruptcy and gun toting couldn't stop bad boy Nick D'Arcy returning from exile.

D'Arcy, kicked out of the 2008 team after assaulting former swimmer Simon Cowley in a Sydney bar, has returned to the team after winning the national 200m butterfly title.

His comeback hasn't pleased everyone, and perhaps even a medal won't.

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