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 19, 2012 |
The English language is a marvelous tool for describing what is and what isn't, what could be and what might never be again. And "inchoate" - meaning not yet completed or fully developed; not organized, lacking order - is perhaps the most apt word to describe the ongoing demise of amateur boxing in the United States, a two-decade-plus process that might not yet have been seen through to completion, but appears to be inexorably heading in that direction....
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.
November 29, 2014 |
Of all the educational white elephants that the Philadelphia School District unloaded at its spring fire sale, few can match the Edward Bok vocational school for scale and eccentricity. Occupying a full city block at Ninth and Mifflin, the eight-story art deco landmark lords over its humble rowhouse dominion like a craggy hilltop fortress. The auditorium alone can seat a thousand, and the corridors are as wide as some city streets. Who in their right mind would attempt to reuse a colossus like Bok?
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.
August 1, 2011 |
MOBILE, Ala. -It was a split decision for Philly fighters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Mobile, Ala., yesterday. Jesse Hart won his 165-pound test with an 18-6 decision over Chris Pearson, of Trotwood, Ohio. However, fellow Philadelphian Damon Allen failed to advance. Allen was defeated by Raynell Williams, of Cleveland, 18-12 in the 132-pound class. Hart, the son of former boxer Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, will fight D'mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, Md. in today's semifinals.