Monday, July 04, 2011

Tying Up a Loose End

If you've been reading this blog long enough to remember the old (long since removed) "Where's Rhi Jeffrey" post, you really need to move on. The internet's loaded with great reading. What are you doing here?

Okay, back to the point. It's about tying up loose ends, right?

So, where's Rhi Jeffrey?

A little background:

Rhi Jeffrey was a relay gold medalist in Athens (800 F.R.). She swam for USC, but dropped out of school and instead prepped for '08 with David Wright (not the N.Y. Met) in Florida. She blogged a little about her split with USC and her current training. Not long before the '08 Trials, Rhi left the sport.

If you were reading swimming blogs back in those days, you may have also read the one David has. He'd share swim stories and occasionally rip into officiating. He's since left Florida and is back in New Zealand, coaching and blogging. Catch up here.

Fast forward:

Well, Rhi's back in the news. She's training with Wright in N.Z., but that's not the big news.

Seems a young guy down in N.Z. is "divorcing" his parents so he can continue his swimming career (oh yeah, and his relationship with Rhi) without their meddling in his affairs. Read more here, here, and here.

"It would be one thing if they had made their minds up after they met me," she said. "I am a very abrasive in-your-face kind of person and a lot of people don't appreciate that, but those people don't know me from the next person on the street.

"It was unfortunate that it came to this. I can understand their reservations about the age difference but I see myself as a big kid anyway."

No, this isn't a sequel to that star-studded block-buster North...

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