IRISH GOLD FORETOLD

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Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Katie Taylor's boxing gold for Ireland was by far the most enthusiastically anticipated result of the entire Olympics in her homeland. How inevitable was it?

Ireland's prolific bookmakers, who take bets on almost anything, offered prohibitively poor odds on anyone wanting to make money off a Katie victory.

And a mere minute after Taylor's win, as she had just started to dance around the ring with the Irish flag held aloft over her shoulders, Prime Minister Enda Kenny issued his congratulations from Dublin, lauding the 26-year-old's "pioneering spirit."

"Katie Taylor is not only an Olympic champion, she is a force of nature ... She has won the hearts and minds of the Irish people who admire her greatly and love her to bits. Amidst it all Katie's warmth and humility shine through," Kenny's statement declared.

— Shawn Pogatchnik — Twitter http://twitter.com/ShawnPogatchnik

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