August 8, 2012
CYCLIST LAURA Trott of Great Britain was born a month premature with a collapsed lung. As a child, she was diagnosed with asthma. Tuesday, Trott, 20, got her second gold medal of the London Games by winning the multi-discipline omnium event - which is sort of cycling's version of an individual medley race. Leading after Day 1, Trott slipped into second place behind Sarah Hammer of the United States after the opening session. Hammer extended her lead in the penultimate event, but Trott set an Olympic record 35.100 seconds in the 500-meter time trial to win the gold.
August 14, 2012 |
LONDON - As soon as the medal was placed around his neck, Andre Iguodala picked it up with his hands and stared at it. He turned it over, ran his fingers around it, then stared at it some more. He wouldn't let it go. Iguodala's life changed dramatically in the last 4 days, but it hasn't sunk in yet. All he's been able to think about was this medal, and finally it was his. "I just froze for a second," Iguodala said. "Only a small group can say they were in that position. " The U.S. men's basketball team defeated Spain, 107-100, on Sunday afternoon to capture its second straight Olympic gold medal.
August 12, 2012 |
LONDON - Destinee wasn't enough. Brazil denied the United States its first Olympic gold medal in women's volleyball Saturday in a 3-1 upset that had the Brazilians turning somersaults on the court and some American players sobbing. It was the first loss for the United States at the tournament and the second straight gold medal for Brazil. American star Destinee Hooker, the second-best scorer in London, was held to 14 points. Jaqueline Carvalho had 18 points to help Brazil overcome a disastrous first set and win 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17.
August 12, 2012 |
LONDON - Eyeing the trackside clock as she approached the finish line, Carmelita Jeter pointed the black baton in her left hand at those bright orange numbers. She wanted to make sure everyone saw what she saw: The United States was breaking the world record in the women's 4x100-meter relay - and it wasn't even close. Allyson Felix, Tianna Madison, and Bianca Knight built a big lead, and Jeter brought it home Friday night, anchoring the United States to its first Olympic gold medal in the sprint relay since 1996 with a time of 40.82 seconds, more than a half-second better than a record that had stood for 27 years.
July 26, 2012 |
Goalkeeper Hope Solo said the antsy U.S. women's soccer players are ready to "unleash the beast. " The Americans open their Olympic campaign on Wednesday with a game against France in Scotland, two days before the opening ceremony. Soccer is one of two sports that starts early because the extra days are needed to play a sufficient slate of games that doesn't wear the players out. Women's soccer isn't much of a draw in Scotland. Some 37,000 fans are expected for Wednesday's game, but organizers say about 80 percent of the tickets were given away to schools and local clubs.
September 20, 1992 |
Once incarcerated in Holmesburg Prison, Tyrone Wade of Darby Borough is now a role model for neighborhood children. He disciplined himself through bodybuilding, and in an international competition last month in Barcelona, his efforts were rewarded when he won a gold medal.
December 8, 2014 |
Gold has moved beyond deck-the-halls festive into the glitzy realm of must-have fashion. It's the season for gleaming flecks to sparkle on fluttering eyelids and glisten on mistletoe-ready lips. A bronzy link chain, instead of a ribbon, on tuxedo-style trousers is happy-hour sultry. And shimmering, silky pantsuits are both retro and relevant. Once civilization's most sought-after metal, gold shines brightest this year in classic yellow. But copper and rose blends, especially on sequined blouses, are trending chic, too. Unlike in decades past, however, the granddaddy of precious metals no longer feels arrogant or garish.
September 27, 1988 |
The Olympics have always been known for gold and records. The Games of the XXIV Olympiad will be remembered for a gold record. "Hand in Hand," the official song of the Seoul Olympics, has sold more than one million records. The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee says the song is No. 1 on the charts in Switzerland, Hong Kong and South Korea. And it's among the top 10 in Denmark and West Germany. The song was composed by Italy's Giorgio Moroder, who won Academy Awards for his music in the movies Midnight Express, Flashdance and Top Gun. "Hand in Hand" was recorded by a local quartet known as Koreana, which performed the number during the Games' opening ceremony.
July 13, 1992 |
The Southwest boys' soccer team, consisting primarily of South Jersey high school players, defeated the Southeast, 5-1, yesterday in the gold-medal game of the 10th annual Garden State Games. The action took place at Rutgers University on the final day of the games, an Olympics-like event of 30 different sports for New Jersey athletes of all ages. The Southwest soccer team finished undefeated in the round-robin competition. Sean Flanagan of Shawnee High School, Matt Miles of St. Augustine, Mike Payne of St. Mary's, David Weinstein of Moorestown and James Dellapietro of Lacey contributed goals to yesterday's win. In other action, the South team won the gold medal in wrestling, 47-22, over the team from Central Jersey.
September 30, 1988
Grace in victory is important. And it was exhibited flawlessly in the sportspersonship of America's "Golden Girls," notably double-gold track stars Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffith Joyner, as well as the 12- member American women's basketball team who high-fived everyone in sight - including their Yugoslav opponents - after winning the Olympic title. But it's a different story when you are a gifted athlete who is expected to win in competition with an equally gifted rival - and who fails.