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October 28, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Sidney Crosby is seen as a torchbearer for the NHL, and now he'll carry the Olympic torch in his home province of Nova Scotia. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain will run in the torch relay Nov. 18 in Halifax, and will play for Canada in the Olympic hockey tournament during the Winter Games in Vancouver in February. "The torch relay will pass through so many communities and hands on the way to Vancouver, and I'm privileged to be part of that special group," said Crosby, who is from Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia.
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June 17, 1996 | By G. FRED DIBONA
From hand to hand, it is passing from village to town to city, little more than a flicker of yellow-red flame - the Olympic torch. As it passes the crossroads and curbsides of America, people cheer, some cry, all are moved. The Olympic flame is a symbol of our connectedness with our neighbors, next door and around the globe. At a time when cynicism and selfishness appear in vogue, there is a refreshing sense of wonderment and joy as the torch broaches the crest of a hill and floats into town.
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December 21, 2001 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Most of them are everyday people - insurance agents, teachers, students. A few will be in wheelchairs. One is a paraplegic. Tomorrow, however, they will be cheered as heroes when they bear the Olympic torch, a symbol of athletic endeavor, in a relay through downtown Philadelphia. They will be properly thrilled to be part of an ancient celebration of spirit and courage, convinced that the torch's light is powerful enough to dispel even the awful shadow of Sept. 11. "This gives me goose bumps to even talk about it," Tom Hambrose, a Camden probation officer, said.
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May 15, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
A South Carolina county that lies along the Olympic torch route has challenged Olympic officials to take the torch elsewhere by passing an anti-gay resolution. Spartanburg County Council's resolution, passed Monday night, matches the wording of a 1993 statement by Cobb County, Ga., commissioners that homosexuality is "incompatible with the standards to which this community subscribes. " After Cobb County passed its resolution, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games rerouted the Olympic torch to avoid the county and sent the volleyball venue to Athens-Clarke County, Ga. The torch is scheduled to pass through Spartanburg County in late June.
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January 27, 2002 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Rich Mann is not your everyday gym teacher. Sure, he fits the profile - trim, energetic, good with kids, impossibly cheery on a weekday morning in blue workout pants and white "A Strong Nation Through Physical Education" T-shirt. But a few minutes with the Cooper Elementary School educator and it becomes clear that Mann is a different breed of phys-ed guy. For starters, there are the bulletin boards. Nine of them plastered with geography, history, nutrition and math lessons.
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June 19, 1996 | By Chris Seper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Olympic torch entered Pennsylvania with an Independence Day-style salute last night as fireworks went off at 9:57 p.m., signifying the exchange from Trenton. Thousands of area residents erupted with cheers as the runners jogged down Bridge Street through Morrisville to begin Pennsylvania's portion of the carrying of the Olympic torch. Onlookers packed the mouth of the lower Morrisville bridge and the sides of Bridge Street, chanting "U.S.A, U.S.A. " The runner who crossed the bridge, Larry Ehmer, jogged with his arms raised, giving the thumbs-up sign and shouting back at the crowd.
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June 17, 1996 | By Chris Seper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Borough organizers are hoping for 16 minutes of well-choreographed Olympic glory tomorrow. Planners of the Olympic Torch Relay want to coordinate the torch's exchange at the Delaware River with the beginning of a fireworks display and the final notes of the national anthem, and they hope to have the route lined with 12,000 homemade paper torches and at least 500 U.S. flags. Before being whisked into Philadelphia (a map detailing the torch's route in the city can be found on R3)
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December 20, 2001 | By Amie Parnes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
She quietly typed a heartfelt, 200-word e-mail to the U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee, writing about her humble little brother, Michael Sewak, and the way he shoveled snow off countless driveways when the rest of the neighborhood boys were building snowmen. About the time he allowed a stranger to use his phone after the elderly man had run around a street, banging on front doors and begging for help. Crystal Sewak, 21, went on and on before hitting the send button, recounting one good deed after another, but her message was simple: Pick my brother as an Olympic torchbearer.
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April 23, 1996 | By Larry Copeland, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The statue, capturing the great runner in stride, will grace a hill overlooking a verdant slope with a museum, ball fields and an oval track. When the park is completed and the statue installed, they will make a fine memorial. For many here, the memorial - which follows years of struggle and news that the Olympic torch will pass through - is long overdue. Jesse Owens. It might seem an obvious gesture to honor him here. Into this tiny community of stifling poverty and cotton fields was born a boy who would challenge the wind, who would expose as fool's gold the genetic theories of a dictator and in the doing, bring his country an unprecedented haul of Olympic gold.
LIVING
June 20, 1996 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This isn't the kind of Olympic story you'd hope to read a scant month before the Games begin in Atlanta. You probably want to read about inspiring athletes triumphing over redoubtable odds. You want beauty and speed, oversized dreams, and big hearts - and a little humility wouldn't hurt. Thus, it is with sadness it must be reported that the Olympic torch - which made its way through Philadelphia Tuesday night, departed before dawn yesterday, and will spend the night in Washington tonight - has got itself a gold medal of an attitude problem.
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October 6, 2012
Barbara Ann Scott, who became a Canadian heroine at age 19 when she won figure-skating gold at the 1948 Winter Olympics, succeeding Norway's Sonja Henie as the premier women's skater in a sport Europeans had dominated for decades, died Sunday at her home on Amelia Island, Fla. Growing up in Ottawa, Ms. Scott idolized Henie, the champion at the last three Olympics before World War II. Emerging as a champion in her own right at the Games in St....
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July 21, 2012 | Associated Press
After winning her fifth Wimbledon title this month and eight days later capturing the Bank of the West Classic in California, Serena Williams thought best to rest her back for the Olympics. The favorite at the London Games said Friday she was pulling out of Sunday's World TeamTennis match with the Washington Kastles. "I'm disappointed that I won't be able to see my D.C. fans, but can't wait to go for gold in London," said Williams, who has never won an Olympics singles title.
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July 12, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The United States Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced the 2012 U.S. Olympic team that will compete in the London Games. The 530-member team is comprised of 269 women and 261 men, marking the first time in history that Team USA features more female athletes. The United States will be represented in 25 sports (38 disciplines) and 246 of the 302 medal events that will be contested in London. Penn is represented. Former Penn basketball standout Koko Archibong has made it to London as a member of the Nigeria basketball team.
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June 26, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - The Saudi Embassy in London says the kingdom will permit women to compete in the London Olympics - provided they qualify. The embassy said in a statement issued Sunday that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will oversee the participation of women athletes "who can qualify for the games. " An official in Saudi Arabia, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday, says an announcement by King Abdullah about Saudi women's first-ever participation in the Olympics was expected some days ago, but was postponed after the death of Crown Prince Nayef.
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June 6, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
TWO EXPECTED starters for Urban Meyer's first Ohio State football team have been suspended. Ohio State issued a statement Monday saying that Meyer had suspended senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior left tackle Jack Mewhort after they were arrested by police on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. The school said it had no further comment. Stoneburner and Mewhort were arrested around 2:30 a.m. Saturday by police in Shawnee Hills, northwest of Columbus, near Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament was being held.
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March 20, 2012
Schoolchildren, charity fund-raisers, war veterans, and a centenarian are among 8,000 people who will carry the Olympic flame in the torch relay for the 2012 London Games. London Games officials unveiled a street-by-street map of the 8,000-mile route, which begins at Land's End - the westernmost tip of England - on May 19 and includes a stop in Dublin, Ireland. After human rights protests disrupted the international torch route before the 2008 Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee ruled that torch relays should be confined to host countries.
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December 11, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As snowflakes drifted down Friday afternoon, six cadets from the U.S. Military Academy - one cradling a football - ran into Lot K at Lincoln Financial Field. "Stop right here," said Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr., West Point's superintendent, smiling and pointing to the ground at 3:38 p.m. "You did it. " The football never touched the ground through a frigid night in New Jersey, passing a turkey along the road in Bucks County, scores of honking cars, a couple of near misses on the road, plenty of "Go Army" yells, and the occasional spirited "Go Navy.
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June 6, 2010 | By Rick Nichols, INQUIRER FOOD COLUMNIST
The night before, waving from a chariot fashioned from the hostess stand at his Brauhaus Schmitz, Doug Hager had been the final-leg relay man, delivering the Hammer of Glory - the giant, keg-tapping mallet used to officially launch Philly Beer Week III. And here he was on Saturday (in fact, he was up by 7 a.m.), unloading kegs of imported hefeweizen, pilsner, and k├Âlsch - 40 in all - for a bierfest in the big beer garden behind the German Society, Sixth and Spring Garden.
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June 5, 2010 | By Rick Nichols, INQUIRER FOOD COLUMNIST
The night before, waving from a chariot fashioned from the hostess stand at his Brauhaus Schmitz, Doug Hager had been the final-leg relay man, delivering the Hammer of Glory - the giant, keg-tapping mallet used to officially launch Philly Beer Week III. And here he was on Saturday (in fact, he was up by 7 a.m.), unloading kegs of imported hefeweizen, pilsner and kolsch - 40 in all - for a bierfest in the sprawling beer garden behind the German Society, Sixth and Spring Garden. If he was a trouper, he had plenty of company this weekend as what is now America's largest, brawniest toast (at close to 1,000 events in more than 150 venues)
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February 27, 2010
VANCOUVER - Given the Jon Montgomery precedent, they've embarrassed themselves again. The directors of the Olympics where a luger died on a killer new track, where they shut down the mass-transit system before they close the bars, and where they placed the Olympic torch behind a not-so-photogenic chain-link fence have, again, embraced the chance to egg their own faces. The Canadian women's hockey team was photographed on the ice posing with their gold medals . . . while consuming beer and smoking cigars.
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