November 8, 2013 |
LONDON - Hoping to win Olympic gold for Philadelphia in 2024, Mayor Nutter has spent time on his trade trip here seeking tips from the hosts of the 2012 Summer Games. The Olympics figured into private discussions with government officials and were a visible part of his agenda Wednesday when he visited the site of the Games here. Earlier this week, Nutter met with Sir John Armitt, who ran the Olympic Delivery Authority, which organized London's effort. Highlights: The Games cost $12.5 billion, of which $1.5 billion came from London.
July 27, 2012 |
THESE OLYMPIC Games have been called the most massive peacetime undertaking in London's history. The money spent and the facilities created are a stark contrast to 1948, when the city was still getting to its feet after the devastation of World War II. So pull on your swimming goggles, tighten up the strings on your badminton racket and find a cab if you still need a place to sleep. Just like the U.S. women's basketball team, there is no stopping the momentum of the 50 things you need to know about the Olympics.
November 22, 2006 |
The cost of the 2012 London Games has increased by more than a third because of steel prices and security concerns, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said yesterday. Jowell told parliamentary committee members it's unclear who will pay for the $1.7 billion increase. Officials had suggested the increases would be paid by taxpayers and a lottery. The new $6.25 billion total reflects the doubling of steel prices and the decision to revise transportation costs to account for inflation, Jowell said.
August 8, 1991 |
Joseph Verdeur, 65, a swimmer who dominated in the breaststroke during the 1940s and crowned his success with a gold medal at the Olympics in London in 1948, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Bryn Mawr. Bob Kiphuth, the coach of the Olympic team, called Mr. Verdeur the greatest swimmer of the time. He was about 6-foot-1 and weighed 225, and had the powerful build of a football player, with thick legs, arms and shoulders and a massive chest. That physical ability was coupled with a stern but quiet determination.
August 7, 1991 |
Joseph T. "Joe" Verdeur thrilled the entire city when he won a swimming gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in the 1948 London Olympics. But in later years, people who wanted to see the medal had enough trouble just getting him to talk about it. Verdeur, 65, a longtime teacher in the Philadelphia School District, the owner of a pool-supply business and the swimming coach at Temple University from 1960 to 1969, died at his home...
August 9, 2012
Vuong Tong, Philadelphia born and raised, graduated in 2008 from the University of the Arts and moved to London a year ago to attend the University of the Arts there, no relation other than in name. He was swept up in the spirit of the Olympic Games and volunteered. Tong, 26, worked as a marshal at the opening ceremonies. He helped parade teams from North Korea, Micronesia, and the United States on the long walk from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium for the ceremony. He got to meet and pose for photos with several stars.
July 27, 2012 |
One of the biggest stories of the London Olympics concerns South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner. " Pistorius, whose legs were both partly amputated when he was a baby, will run the 400-meter dash and the 1,600-meter relay with flexible, carbon-fiber prosthetic blades. Ironically, some say Pistorius has an unfair advantage and should be disqualified. But he and other disabled athletes should be allowed to compete. For years, Olympic officials attempted to deny Pistorius the chance to run in the Olympics.
July 11, 2012 |
With Dwyane Wade out, U.S. players think Russell Westbrook can inherit his role on the Olympic basketball team. Wade was the leading scorer for the Americans in 2008, playing an attacking style off the bench. LeBron James said Westbrook can do the same types of things. "Absolutely, because he's that type of player," James said. Wade is unavailable this summer after having knee surgery Monday in Miami. No Saudi women A Saudi-owned newspaper said no women from the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom have qualified for the London Olympics.
June 30, 2012 |
OMAHA - Haverford High graduate Brendan Hansen failed to qualify in a second event for the London Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Swimming trials Friday, finishing fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke to repeat his 2008 trials heartbreak. "I gave it everything I had," said Hansen, 30, who qualified for London earlier this week in the 100-meter breaststroke. "I really didn't make any mistakes tonight. It just wasn't there. " Hansen, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 breaststroke, also finished fourth in the 200 at the 2008 trials, a result that contributed to his decision to retire from competitive swimming after the Beijing Games.
July 27, 2012
Penn State will have 19 athletes in seven sports competing in the London Olympics. Four of the competitors are current students, one is a coach, and 14 are alumni. Athlete Sport Nation Matt Anderson Men's Volleyball United States Felix Aronovich Men's Gymnastics Israel Dominique Blake Track and Field Jamaica Miles Chamley-Watson Men's Fencing United States Shana Cox Track and Field Great Britain Natalie Dell Women's Rowing United States Bridget Fanek Track and Field United States Nicole Fawcett Women's Volleyball United States Alisha Glass Women's Volleyball United States Daniel Gomez-Tanamachi Men's Fencing Mexico Christa Harmotto Women's Volleyball United States Megan Hodge Women's Volleyball United States Bobby Lea Men's Cycling United States Erin McLeod Women's Soccer Canada Carmelina Moscato Women's Soccer Canada Kirsten Nieuwendam Track and Field Suriname Tommy Ramos Men's Gymnastics Puerto Rico Ryan Whiting Track and Field United States Doris Willette Women's Fencing United States