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Katie Taylor Digest

(pic by Dan Sheridan/Inpho) There was a sort of inevitability that best thing to come out of Bray since Britney Spears’ wrist tattoo would become one of the stories of the Olympics. The Irish fans who have been following her …

Tue, Aug 7, 2012, 12:36

   

(pic by Dan Sheridan/Inpho)

There was a sort of inevitability that best thing to come out of Bray since Britney Spears’ wrist tattoo would become one of the stories of the Olympics. The Irish fans who have been following her progress (as much as the coverage on her actual contests allows) knew it, and there’s no doubt now that Taylor has received more exposure than any other female athlete, yes, even O’Sullivan. But when she took on Jonas yesterday, the press and the giant posters and the Lucozade ads faded away, and we were left with her pure power, speed, technical ability and awesomeness. “There was nothing else I could do,” said Jonas, adding, “(I suppose) I could’ve thrown the kitchen sink at her or maybe drive a bus into her.” For many, it was the first time they had watch women box, and the argument about whether its debut in the Olympics should become a permanent presence grew stronger.

Taylor is breaking boundaries, and here’s what the world is saying about her.

The LA Times talks about how Taylor is a trailblazer.

The Washington Post says Taylor’s skill shows women’s boxing is just as much about ability as it is equality.

The Guardian says her superstar status is earning the sport new fans.

The USA Today gets the Guinness references in nice and early.

An article in The Age did initially have boozy references, but they had to take them out after a letter from the Irish Ambassador to Australia. Either way, it’s still a decent enough piece.

RTE has the post-fight interview video, where Taylor thanks God for being her strength and her shield. Her red robe has “the Lord is my shepherd and my shield” written across the back.

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