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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.
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August 14, 2012 | BY EMILY KAPLAN, For the Daily News
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.
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August 12, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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August 12, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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July 26, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
September 20, 1992 | For The Inquirer / J. SCOTT LYONS
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.
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December 8, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
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September 27, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
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July 13, 1992 | By Tom Williams, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
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.
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July 23, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Burroughs is nose deep in his four-year preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. On Saturday, the wrestler from Sicklerville, N.J., won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games and will train for more than a month in Nebraska before the world championships in Las Vegas start Sept. 7. There's always another match, and the preparation rarely stops. Nineteen days ago, he did take a break from the mat for a trip to Philadelphia, where he started making appearances at 7 a.m. When he finally sat down for breakfast with two representatives from Liberty Mutual on South Broad Street at 9:30, Burroughs looked down at a blue felt case with "London 2012 Summer Olympics" engraved on it. Inside the case is what pulled him from TV appearance to TV appearance on that day. It's what has turned his life into an unending series of calculated steps.
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June 4, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
TEN YEARS ago, if you'd told Jeremy Piven that one day his "Masterpiece Theater" gig would cost him a role in a Spike Lee movie, he'd have had you committed. But that's his hectic life today - living and filming his own PBS series in London, trying to squeeze in Hollywood jobs and talking about his life-changing role in "Entourage," the HBO series now hitting the big screen. "Entourage" is known for its loutish bro-comedy trappings, but beneath the surface is a persuasive look at the serendipity and chaos that is Hollywood.
NEWS
May 24, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not a single competitor jumped higher than Shannon Taub at the PIAA track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University. Unfortunately for the Council Rock South high jumper, half a shoe length may have cost her a shot at the top spot. Instead, Franklin Area's Abby Jones took the title. Both cleared the day's highest mark, 5 feet, 7 inches, but the tiebreaker went to Jones, who made three successful jumps in the final. Taub slipped up once at 5 feet, 6 inches.
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May 14, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Moorestown baseball team scored 13 runs for senior pitcher Jared Gold on Tuesday. He only needed one. "You'll always take one of these," Gold said after pitching a crisp two-hitter in Moorestown's 13-0 victory at Burlington Township in a Burlington County League Liberty Division game. Junior Dane Fante cracked a three-run home run and seniors Colin Francisco and Zach Rausch each drove in three runs as Moorestown (10-8 overall, 4-3 league) broke out the bats in a big way on a warm day. The offensive production was in marked contrast to most of the Quakers' games with Gold on the mound.
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April 25, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
They had just come home from shopping that Friday evening when they heard the bell ring. Ken Gurbisz opened the front door, saw three solemn-looking Army officers, and immediately "knew what was going on. My heart sunk. " He walked to the kitchen to prepare his wife, Helen. "I told her, 'You have to be brave,' and she was," he said. "She was very brave. " On Nov. 4, 2005 - a day they will never forget - the Gurbiszes became Gold Star parents, joining countless other New Jersey families who have lost loved ones during wartime service.
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April 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fourteen teams will be in the NHL draft lottery Saturday night, and one will emerge with the chance to select a center viewed as a franchise-changing player, Connor McDavid. McDavid, a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound scoring machine who has 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games for Erie in the Ontario Hockey League, is called the next Crosby by scouts. He is expected to step into an NHL lineup and make an immediate impact. The Flyers, one of the 14 non-playoff teams in the lottery, have a 6.5 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
When a sensational dancer first steps onstage, it's as exciting for me as for an astronomer discovering a nova. Zachary Hench gave such a moment when he flashed his star quality stepping out as Prince Siegfried in Christopher Wheeldon's production of Swan Lake in 2004. Newly commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, it was a million-dollar gamble I hope has paid off in real money as much as it does in artistic quality and innovation. I reviewed that premiere, but looking back on it, I did not fully appreciate its value.
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January 30, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "BLACK SEA," obsolete blue-collar guys stick it to the system that's discarded them while on a risky salvage job aboard a rusty, death-trap submarine. If you surmise that the vessel is a metaphor for the doomed class of wrench-wielding labor, written off as "s---," you are correct. Which leads to the movie's money line. "This time the s--- is fighting back. " Throwing roundhouses is Jude Law, as Robinson, a Scottish salvage expert whose life at sea has cost him his marriage and hence most of his income, which he loses entirely when he's made redundant, as they say in the UK. So he accepts a high-risk (and illegal)
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January 19, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Gay, a mount maker at the Penn Museum, was standing in front of a display case filled with gold objects, when the sun streaked through a gallery window. "It was amazing," he said Saturday at the museum. "It was 3 in the afternoon, the shades were up in here, and the sun came through and hit that bead. It was like an intense light, an LED blazing. " Gold does that sometimes. Gay was at work helping install the museum's big 2015 exhibition, "Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama," which opens Feb. 7. He was doing what he always does, unobtrusively setting delicate artifacts into unlikely positions.
SPORTS
January 16, 2015
Philadelphia has been selected as the host city for the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision. Lincoln Financial Field beat out Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, Atlanta's Georgia Dome and most notably East Rutherford, N.J.'s MetLife Stadium. The home of the NFL's New York Giants and Jets had been the overwhelming favorite to host the title game of the signature tournament for North and Central Americans national teams. But officials in Philadelphia worked extremely hard to snatch the big game out of the Meadowlands' grasp.
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