Olympian cottagers

Cottagers in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, may soon be gawking at a real, live Olympic gold medal. Swimmer Missy Franklin, who won the medal in the 100-metre backstroke for the United States, has a strong connection to the area. Both her parents are from the province and she visits the cottage owned by her aunt, Cathy Campbell (who also has Olympic connections: she’s the team doctor for Canada’s women’s soccer team). Missy says she’s anxious to get to the cottage when the Olympics are over. She also has a bronze medal to bring along (in the 4×100-metre freestyle relay) and who knows how many others she may have, since she has a few other events still to come.

Meanwhile, our Summer ’12 cover boy, Adam van Koeverden, is racing in the men’s kayak single (K1) 1000-metre, with the heats scheduled for the morning of August 6th. That’s on the holiday Monday, starting at 4:30 a.m. EST. Set your alarm clocks. It’s going to be a nail-biter.