July 16, 2012 |
One day is what Miles Chamley-Watson keeps telling himself. To become an Olympic champion, the Philadelphia resident only needs to be the best for one tournament on July 31. For 8 hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the men's individual foil competition will take place at the 2012 London Olympics. Win six matches, from a round of 64 to the gold-medal match and Chamley-Watson will have one of the greatest homecomings in Olympic history. "I honestly think I can win the gold medal," said Chamley-Watson, who moved from London to New York when he was 9 and New York to Philadelphia when he was 12. "Last year, I finished ranked No. 2 in the world.
December 5, 2015 |
This time, Denise Scott Brown's name is on the prize. After decades of being overlooked and even openly scorned by the architecture profession, Philadelphia's best-known female designer was singled out Wednesday by the American Institute of Architects as cowinner of its prestigious Gold Medal, together with her husband and partner, Robert Venturi. An author of the groundbreaking study Learning From Las Vegas , she is the first living woman to win the medal for career achievement since the AIA began handing out the prize in 1907.
August 5, 2016 |
THERE'S BEEN a lot of ugliness reported in the run-up to these Olympics. Concerns about crime, terrorism, filthy water, doping and government turmoil have cast an epic cloud over the Rio Games. It's a shame, because thousands of athletes have stretched the bounds of endurance to get there. Hopefully, those very real issues will become secondary, now that the competition has started. Still, watch out for those mosquitoes. Yikes. The Olympics often are less about the medal standings and more about the human spirit.
April 14, 2016 |
Jordan Burroughs looked high on the wall of the Winslow Township High School gymnasium. "I thought," Burroughs said with a smile, "I had more wins than that. " The green-and-white banner hanging in the place where Burroughs first burst onto the scene in his chosen sport noted that the future Olympic gold medalist won 115 bouts as an Eagles wrestler. He also lost 20 times. "I wrestled on that 'W,' " Burroughs told a crowd of several hundred people during an informal meet-and-greet Wednesday night.
July 18, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - Kyle Lowry is about to take his basketball career to another level. Last month, the North Philly native was one of 12 players named to the United States' men's Olympic basketball team for the Rio Olympics in August. The team begins training camp here Monday at UNLV's Mendenhall Center for an experience Lowry hopes concludes with a gold medal. "I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get picked for Team USA, but it worked out," he said. "It's just an exciting moment, an exciting time.
August 17, 2016 |
It is a tricky proposition to be the first of your race, religion, gender, etc., to accomplish something - especially on a stage as magnified as the Olympics. Take, for example, the stories of U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel and U.S. gymnast Simone Biles during the first week of the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the core, what these two African-American athletes accomplished during the first week of the Games was basically the same. The narratives, however, became quite different. Manuel never wanted to be known as the "African-American" swimmer.
February 13, 2010
2-6 p.m.: Men's speedskating, 5,000 gold medal final (live); ski jumping, individual K-90 gold medal final; women's biathlon, 7.5km sprint gold medal final. 8-11:30 p.m.: Men's short track, 1,500 competition, semifinals and gold medal final (live); women's freestyle skiing, moguls competition and gold medal final (live); men's alpine skiing, downhill gold medal final. Midnight-1 a.m.: Men's luge, singles competition; women's short track, 3,000 relay semifinals and 500 competition; Medals Plaza, award ceremonies.
August 1, 2016 |
After scoring the gold-medal-winning goals at each of the last two Summer Olympics, what will Carli Lloyd do for an encore in Rio de Janeiro? "I guess I've got to score three or four," she joked in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer. Except she has already done that, too - in last summer's World Cup final. The truth is that Lloyd doesn't care what her impact is on the field as long as she's able to help the U.S. women's soccer team win another title. "I want to come away with a gold medal and am really just going to be going out there every game and working hard, doing everything possible to help my teammates," Lloyd said.
July 23, 2015 |
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.
July 15, 2016 |
Rory McIlroy said he expected to watch some of the Rio Olympics on television but didn't think golf would be among the sports he chose. "Track and field, swimming, diving . . . the stuff that matters," McIlroy said. McIlroy could be watching the Olympic tournament from tee to green if he wanted, but he, along with a number of top professionals, has elected to skip Rio, which offers neither prize money nor world ranking points. Like most of the other golfers who have declined spots on their country's Olympic roster - including Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Jordan Speith, the other three on golf's current Mount Rushmore - McIlroy cited health fears related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.