Australia's 2012 Olympic hopes: hockey

Despite being the best team for the best part of the past three decades, only once have the Kookaburras come home with gold from the Olympic Games. It took seven attempts and a swag full of silver and bronze before they finally claimed gold in Athens in 2004. The curse was considered broken, but reared its ugly head again at Beijing and left the favourites with only bronze to show for their effort. This year Jamie Dwyer and his men are again favourites and head into the Olympics as world champions and the No.1 ranked team.

Don't cry for me

The world's best women's player, Luciana Aymar of Argentina (seven times world player of the year) is yet to win a gold medal. It's her fourth Olympic Games, most likely here last, and seven-time world player of the year Luciana Aymar is still yet to lead Argentia to Olympic Gold. At 35, Aymar has been likened to national soccer hero Diego Maradonna due to her dribbling skills but the hand of God is yet to strike for the Argentinian. Not unlike Dwyer, Aymar has inspired her side to countless championship and World Cup trophies but has managed just two bronze and a silver in her Olympic campaigns. This is likely her last chance.

In the pink

The Kookaburras have lost defender Graeme Begbie to London Olympics artificial pitch which so far has proved as damaging as it it visually offensive. Blue and pink is a colour combination that should be reserved exclusively for Dame Edna Everage. Like the East Germans at the Munich Olympics when they built an exact replica of the artificial river the West Germans had spent $4million on - and went on to win all slalom events - the Australians resurfaced their Perth training ground blue to get used to the colour change from the traditional green. Fingers crossed it works.

Prediction: One gold for the Kookaburras.

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