The breakthrough basketball star of the London Olympics is going to be Kevin Love. He is going to be this year's version of the star Charles Barkley became 20 years ago.
Barkley had won two playoff series with the 76ers over the previous half-dozen years when he established his value at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He led the Dream Team in scoring and proved himself to be a peer of the biggest stars. Barkley became an intimidating physical presence around the boards, and the 23-year-old Love is preparing to have the same kind of impact.
But unlike Barkley, who was also able to bully his way to the basket whenever he pleased, Love will be playing to a different style. Instead of creating his own shot, he'll be waiting in the seams to knock down jumpers or attack the basket whenever the ball circulates to him, and that is where the four-year NBA veteran will be a revelation.
This product image released by Ralph Lauren shows U.S. Olympic athletes, from left, swimmer Ryan Lochte, decathlete Bryan Clay, rower Giuseppe Lanzone and soccer player Heather Mitts modeling the the official Team USA Opening Ceremony Parade Uniform. As an official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, Ralph Lauren has designed Team USA's Official Opening and Closing Ceremony Parade Uniforms as well as a unique collection of village wear apparel and accessories which embodies the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauren)
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Uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue — but made in China. That has members of Congress fuming.
U.S. Olympic track and field athletes will wear uniforms at the London Summer Olympics that Nike says could shave up to 0.023 seconds off 100-meter sprint times — a difference that could have elevated Walter Dix from bronze to the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.
As one of the world's most popular sports, field hockey produces celebrities in Argentina, the Netherlands and Australia. But the sport is relatively obscure in the United States, where members of the women's national team receive a small monthly stipend and their notoriety comes from outside the country. Later this month, the group heads to London, where it will try to earn the first American medal in the sport in 28 years. (NPR)
Three players from the Minnesota Lynx will be competing in London. Read the story by MPR News Reporter Rupa Shenoy.
The study -- authored by Bu Zhong, associate professor in the College of Communications, and published in a special Olympic issue of Mass Communication and Society -- suggests there is a relationship between weather and journalism coverage, and notes that negative and positive language in news reports can be further impacted by factors such as deadline pressure, living in an unknown country and personal feelings about a sporting event.
By discovering a potential link between the environment and media coverage, the researchers caution journalists to be aware of any potential subconscious bias they are including in their reports -- whether they are covering the Olympics or some other event where weather can be a factor.
As the world's greatest athletes gear up for the 2012 Olympic Games in London this month, viewers like us are likely to see a spike in televised ads for sports drinks, nutritional bars, and energy gel — that goop that so many runners and cyclists suck from foil pouches.
Powerade, in fact, is the official sports drink of the 2012 Olympics, and if it's true what these kinds of ads imply, processed sports foods and neon-colored drinks are the stuff that gold medalists are made of.
But sports nutritionists and pro athletes don't all think so. David Katz, physician and nutrition expert at the Yale University School of Medicine, says sports drinks generally aren't much better than sodas. "[Sports drink companies'] marketing is based on the gimmick that somehow this extra load of sugar and calories will turn you into an athlete," he says.
The scenes of wild British rejoicing in July 2005, when it was announced London would host the 2012 Olympics, have faded and been replaced by visions of doom. Once the games begin, the sheer beauty of the sports will take over, but for now, most media attention is given over to threats, to chaos, to failure.
The day London celebrated in 2005, four British Islamist terrorists killed 52 people in four different bombs attacks, three on the metro system, one on a bus. Seven years later, the shadow still hangs heavy. The security arrangements include sharpshooters, missiles and, most recently, 3,500 soldiers called in because the security provider, G4S, was found last week to have failed to deliver the necessary number of trained guards.
Japan’s world champion women soccer team have kicked up a fuss after being left in economy class while their male colleagues lived it up in business on a flight to Europe for the Olympics.
The gold medal hopefuls of Nadeshiko Japan flew in premium economy on the Paris-bound Japan Airlines flight while the nation’s under-23 men’s team—medal outsiders—sat up front on the same plane.
“I guess it should have been the other way around,” World Cup heroine Homare Sawa, 33, told Japanese media after arriving in the French capital on Monday.
“Even just in terms of age, we are senior,��� she said, with a smile.
Tyler said she chose to remain in Minnesota to train for the Olympics after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
“I fell in love with all of Minneapolis,” Tyler said. “I have a life here.”
Adopting Minnesota as her new home came with a price, though. Minnesota swimming and diving head coach Kelly Kremer became Tyler’s personal coach, but he cannot travel with the Canadian team to the Olympics.
While the coaching staff for the national team will oversee Tyler, the Olympian will mostly rely on herself.
We look at the dramatic arc of the Lynx over the past two years, and we see the Olympics as the crowning moment. Who wouldn't? But there's a downside to that view. Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen become simply the Lynx Olympians. We talk about what this says about the team, what it means for the team. We look at this as if it were a collective experience, when really, this is three honors, three validations of hard work, three sets of unique circumstances.
Be proud of the Lynx, but be prouder of these three women.