/ NEWS: Karen Darke - Going For Gold At The Paralympics

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UKC News - on 30 Aug 2012
Karen Darke, 4 kb"I'm in the form of my life, I've trained really well and I just hope it's enough to do the British team proud."

Karen Darke, paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident when she was 21, is going for gold in the Paralympics Games.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67395

sean0386 - on 30 Aug 2012
In reply to UKC News: WOW what an inspirational woman. Best of luck to you Karen. We will all be cheering you on. Thanks UKC for posting the vid.
Will Hunt - on 30 Aug 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Crush it, Beast. I will be cheering.
wilkie14c - on 30 Aug 2012
In reply to UKC News:
GO KAREN! I'll watching for sure
Miss Piggy on 30 Aug 2012 - 94-192-157-178.zone6.bethere.co.uk
In reply to UKC News: Inspired by her, I will be watching... :0)
Ramon Marin - on 31 Aug 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Lost for words! Go Karen!
Michael Ryan - on 31 Aug 2012
In reply to UKC News:

And: 15th - 18th November 2012 Karen will be appearing at this years' Kendal Mountain Festival.

Tickets on sale soon: http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/index.cfm
Mark123 - on 01 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News: Inspiring! Best of luck Karen!
GazzerM49 - on 02 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News: Barely believable. That is one impressive lady. We will be watching her event with extra support and interest.
Go for it Karen!
simon kimber - on 03 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News:
Woo! Got tickets for the time-trials! Gwarn Karen!
ClimberEd - on 04 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Can someone post when she is actually competing please
Scomuir on 04 Sep 2012
In reply to ClimberEd:

The time trial is from 4.32pm tomorrow, going at 60 second intervals. Don't know what Karens actual start time is.

The road race on Friday is from 10.32am.
ClimberEd - on 04 Sep 2012
In reply to Scomuir:

Ace, thanks, I'll be cheering
davebrown3 - on 05 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News: Anyone know if TV are covering the time trial? Can't find it on any channel. Due to start in half hour
Michael Ryan - on 05 Sep 2012
davebrown3 - on 05 Sep 2012
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKC and UKH: yes, I saw that Mick, and was about to sit down to watch, only it doesn't seem to be on. And it's the event I most wanted to watch :(
Simon Caldwell - on 05 Sep 2012
In reply to davebrown3:
Nope, the only things they seem to show are basketball, adverts, and people in a studio talking about events that we don't get to see.
davebrown3 - on 05 Sep 2012
In reply to Toreador: Not quite the Olympics is it ? (the coverage, I mean)
davebrown3 - on 05 Sep 2012
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKC and UKH: Silver !!! (according to Andy K. on Facebook)
Simon Caldwell - on 05 Sep 2012
Chris the Tall - on 05 Sep 2012
Sean Kelly - on 05 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News: Congrats Karen!
simon kimber - on 06 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Awesome effort! Good luck for the road race tomorrow!
cisco - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Just seen that, in addition to Wednesdays silver, Karen has won bronze in this mornings road race.

Well done Karen, you're a star.
Chris the Tall - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to cisco:
Think the event is still going on, with Karen in third at the moment

http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/cycling-road/event/women-individual-h-1-3-road-race/phase=crw0...
davebrown3 - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to Chris the Tall: "Karen finishes holding Morris hand in Bronze position. Feeling conflicted." Classified 4th ??
mattrm - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to davebrown3:
> (In reply to Chris the Tall) "Karen finishes holding Morris hand in Bronze position. Feeling conflicted." Classified 4th ??

There's piccys on twitter and Morris's wheel went over the line first, so that's why she's been categorised 3rd and Karen Darke is 4th.

Gordon Stainforth - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to mattrm:

Latest news is that they "want to share" the Bronze. Wonder how this will be resolved?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-19517086
The New NickB - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:
> (In reply to mattrm)
>
> Latest news is that they "want to share" the Bronze. Wonder how this will be resolved?
>
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-19517086

I suspect the Authorities won't be terribly sympathetic to this. Remember the Brownlee's were warned that if they tried to cross the line together they would work out which one was first. Two bronzes were awarded in the velodrome during the Olympics, but this was because the silver medalist blocked the view of the photo finish cameras so the could not split them.
cisco - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:
> (In reply to mattrm)
>
> Latest news is that they "want to share" the Bronze. Wonder how this will be resolved?


Don't think it really matters. I just find it incredibly heartwarming and in the true sense of sportsmanship that two competing athletes can get to the end of a race and say that neither of them wanted to beat the other. I don't know whether Karen or Rachel would have won if they had displayed the normal "win at all costs" attitude, but, in my eyes, they are both winners and even if they can't share the bronze medal, they can share our admiration. I, for one, am humbled by their dedication and sportsmanship.
Gordon Stainforth - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to cisco:

I agree with your sentiments completely.
mrchewy - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to cisco: Aye - I'll second that Gordon. Good effort all round.
davebrown3 - on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to cisco: I'll 3rd that.

If my sums are right ? then Karen averaged 28kmh or 17.4 miles an hour. That's faster than I do on my normal racing bike. wow. I know I'm lardy, but that seems an amazing speed on a hand bike.
fimm on 07 Sep 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Congratulations to Karen.
I knew I would find out how she did on UKC!

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