August 24, 2016
Like most Olympics, the Rio Games were an absolute success, if you ignore what went wrong. Unfortunately, the United States suffered the misfortune of having the immature behavior of four members of its swimming team detract from the nation's record-setting performance in the 17-day competition. But before getting into what has robbed too much attention from where it should be, let's acknowledge what went right: America's Olympians won the most medals ever for their country: 121 total.
May 4, 2014 |
Inside the famed New York City Armory, during the New Balance Indoor Nationals on March 8, Cheltenham junior Christian Brissett dug into his starting block, glanced up, and watched his freshman sister, Chanel, take a silver medal in the girls' 60-meter dash. With a smile stretched wide and renewed vigor to provide a follow-up spark, Christian Brissett jumped out of his block moments later and won the boys' 60 title. "I realized she came second by a little bit," Christian Brissett said.
February 21, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - After plummeting 425 feet, through 17 curves and 1,500 icy meters in less than a minute, Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans slowed enough to see that they were going to win an Olympic medal. That scoreboard revelation turned up the volume in the already-noisy grandstand at the Sanki Sliding Center's finish line. American fans blew horns, rang cowbells, chanted "U-S-A," and generally greeted the news as if it were an armistice. Greubel and Evans exited their USA-2 bobsled with much more difficulty than they had entered it at the start of their fourth and final heat and joined in the party.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - On the final arrow, the U.S. lost Olympic gold in men's team archery. No matter - the Americans were still thrilled to win the first U.S. medal at the London Games. Italy topped the trio of Brady Ellison, Jacob Wukie, and Jake Kaminski by one point on Saturday for the team gold, while South Korea took the bronze. "I wasn't disappointed that we got a silver. I was, on the inside, very, very ecstatic that we became Olympic medalists," Ellison said. "The more it's around my neck, I mean, this thing has some weight to it. It sets in. We are Olympic medalists - and it doesn't matter the color.
July 12, 2012 |
U.S. women's soccer team captain and New Jersey native Christie Rampone is hoping to add another gold medal to her collection in her fourth Olympics this summer. The 37-year-old Rampone, a defensive anchor for America's powerhouse soccer team, is also the veteran of the nineteen New Jersey men and women who will represent the United States in the London Olympics. Rampone is the first U.S. player to be named to four Olympic teams. She needs to play in one more game to set an American record for Olympic appearances.
July 3, 2012 |
AS FAR AS making practice squads, Jrue Holiday Monday made perhaps the best one in all of sports. The starting point guard for the 76ers was added to the 2012 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 6-11 against this year's USA National Team during a training camp in Las Vegas. Fellow Sixer Andre Iguodala is part of the National Team, vying for a spot on the roster that will compete in the London Olympics later this month. Said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo of Holiday: "In naming Jrue to our Select Team, we've added an athletic guard who can get to the rim and someone who is also a good three-point shooter.
March 10, 2012 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Billy Rappo capped his high school wrestling career, and a bona fide era in Pennsylvania wrestling, in fitting fashion. With a state championship. Rappo, a Council Rock South senior, won his second straight PIAA Class AAA championship, using an array of takedowns, reversals, and near-falls to best Manheim Township's Matt Grossmann, 12-0, in the 113-pound final Saturday night at the Giant Center. "A win's a win, but it's always good to dominate a kid, put the exclamation point on it," Rappo said.
February 26, 2012 |
John Joseph Macionis, 95, formerly of Elkins Park, a retired sales executive and swimmer who won a silver medal at the Berlin Olympics when he was 20 and went on to win medals in his 60s, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Colonnades, a retirement community in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Macionis graduated in 1933 from Central High School, where he captained the swim team and set a 220-yard freestyle scholastic record. As a youth, he also swam for the Germantown YMCA and for the Big Brothers Swimming Association at AAU events.
June 27, 2011 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Ryann Krais came to historic Hayward Field as the NCAA heptathlon champion. But the Kansas State junior out of Methacton High knew that she would be facing a pack of internationally-tested "hep" veterans in the U.S. track and field championships and would be lucky to place in the top six. It turned out a whole lot better than that. Krais, 21, rallied from far down to come within a mere 28 points of winning it all on Sunday. It all boiled down to the 800 meters, the seventh and concluding event of the heptathlon, and Krais raced out to a huge early edge on her 11 pursuers, reaching the 400 post in just under 60 seconds.
June 12, 2011 |
It was approaching 1 p.m. on a perfectly sun-kissed day and Cierra White, for the moment, was standing taller than anyone else on the infield at Shippensburg University. Perched atop an eight-tiered wood podium, White had just won her third career state track and field championship. As officials, other athletes, and reporters buzzed around - all while a photographer called out instructions for how these eight high school girls should pose for the snapshot - White appeared loose and energetic.