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Sport Fox's dad keeps cool in Olympic commentary

17:47  01 august  2021
17:47  01 august  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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There was no whooping and hollering from Richard Fox as his daughter Jessica finally achieved her Olympic gold medal dream.

a person posing for the camera: Jessica Fox's dad and TV commentator Richard has coolly called his daughter's Tokyo gold medal win. © AP PHOTO Jessica Fox's dad and TV commentator Richard has coolly called his daughter's Tokyo gold medal win.

Working as a commentator on the canoe slalom race from a studio in Sydney, Fox showed the same amazing composure under pressure as Jessica did on the Tokyo whitewater course as she powered to victory.

A multiple world champion racing for Great Britain, Fox himself missed a medal, finishing fourth at Barcelona, and is regarded as an expert in the sport - which he took seriously even commentating on his daughter.

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Just as he did for each of the other nine competitors in the C1 final, Fox calmly talked her way through the course despite what was on the line.

He revealed that Fox had been "shattered" by her K1 result on Tuesday when she was an unbackable favourite.

She was relegated by a late error from the gold medal position to bronze, the same result in Rio.

With neither Fox showing any nerves, he cooly described her run.

"That's a good start through the downstreams ... that's a good spin ... she's away well," Fox said of the 27-year-old as she set off.

"Wow," was as excited as he got after she crossed the line, sending social media alight about his professionalism in such a massive moment for his family.

"She's such a good paddler, such a good person."

He allowed himself a proud smile as he watched her on the podium being presented with her fourth Olympic medal, after also winning a silver in the K1 back in London in 2012.

"I was thinking how beautiful it is, the moment, and she looks so happy," he said as he watched on.

"It's a wonderful sight."

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