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August 20, 2008 at 11:55 AM

The word from Jackson

Storm star Lauren Jackson has been on the phone with coach Brian Agler and her Seattle-based agent practically non-stop this week discussing her decision to have surgery. Those who have followed Jackson know she has a high level of pain threshold, but she was told by doctors that this procedure needed to happen now or basically she wouldn’t really have a future in the sport.
In this link, she talks about how the right ankle bothers her, but in typical Jackson fashion, she still downplays the injury with a proclamation that she’ll be “fine.” According to her agent, the announcement was made now so that Australia wouldn’t have any further distractions as it tries to make it to the gold-medal game.
And for those still trying to understand Jackson, here’s a quote ran in an Australian newspaper before the Beijing Games began:
“I just read a really good quote from Madonna, who is struggling,” Jackson told The Daily Telegraph. “She’s going through a lot and she said: ‘Anything that’s worth doing is worth dying for’ and I think that’s exactly how I feel. I’m going to put my heart and soul into (winning) the gold medal and this team’s program I would do anything for — there’s no limitations. The gold medal is something I desperately, desperately want. That’s all I want.”

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