The Olympic Father Digging for Victory; Dobriskey Snr Works on Arena Where Daughter Lisa Runs for Gold

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The Olympic Father Digging for Victory; Dobriskey Snr Works on Arena Where Daughter Lisa Runs for Gold


Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent

WHEN a vacancy came up on the [pounds sterling]500 million Olympic stadium project in Stratford, Mike Dobriskey wanted the job more than most.

He is helping to create the venue where 80,000 spectators will - he hopes - watch his daughter run to Olympic glory.

At 25, Kent-born Lisa Dobriskey is Commonwealth 1,500m champion, finished fourth at the Beijing Games and is tipped to go one better by being a medal winner in 2012.

She visited her father at the Olympic site for the first time this week, where the steel roof supports of the stadium have been assembled for a summer 2011 completion date.

Mr Dobriskey has worked on the Olympic project since the start of last year when the first foundations were dug. The expert in soil analysis is a consultant for Sir Robert McAlpine.

He examines any suspected contamination. Mr Dobriskey, 50, said: "When I got the job I went and stood in the middle of the stadium plot and phoned my daughter and said 'I've beaten you to it. I'm in the stadium before you'.

"It's just a sign of my confidence in her delivering the goods at 2012. …

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