Australia’s Beijing Olympic star Kawadi has tigers in her blood

The Richmond AFL can now claim an Olympic medal as well as the Australian Open champion after bronze on ice by Tess Coady in Beijing.

Australian Open champion Ash Barty is an ardent Tiger supporter, with Captain Trent Cochin in her chest as she won her first major tournament of the year, and Cody also bleeds yellow and black, with her great-grandfather Clary Hall being a former club captain.

The 21-year-old received a letter from the AFL club congratulating her on winning her first Australian medal at the Games, which on Sunday won the bronze medal in women’s swimming.

“Richmond Football Club is in my blood – my great-grandfather was a captain – and all of my family are passionate fans,” Cody said.

“My mom loves footy, grandma…she’s so sick because they go around her so much.

“They[Richmond]sent me a nice message which was really cool although I think my mum was more excited about that.”

Cody was even happier to hear from fellow Olympic surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, who reached out on social media after the bronze medal performance.

“I got some really funny stuff, Sally Fitzgibbons texted me and I was really happy about it,” she said.

She also heard from American figure skating star Sage Kotsenburg, who won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Cody listened to his podcast, The Bombhole, before her race and said the message she took from him was to never get enough of mediocrity, which is what inspired her to make headway in her final run.

“He’s my favorite figure skater and he texted me that was so sick because I was listening to his podcast the night before – I’ve listened to him so many times because it made me so upset, and that means a lot,” she said.

Coady spent Sunday night celebrating with the Australian team, and in particular Jakara Anthony, who won a gold medal in the Emperors hours after her snowboard win.

While she will return to Europe next month for more World Cup events, Cowade said that won’t stop her from enjoying her bronze medal again in Melbourne.

“Once (the Olympics) is over, I’m going to feel a little calmer because he’s been crazy for the past few years,” she said.

“I found the last year stressful traveling abroad with not knowing much about COVID.

“Once the games are over I will definitely go to the pub.”

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