U.S. Paralympic swimmers find London to their liking

The USA stands sixth in the overall medal count at the Paralympics, where China has been dominant. As in the Olympics, the USA is strong in swimming, with a mix of veterans from past Games and veterans of a different sort. Jessica Long, whose legs don’t extend past her knees, has been winning Olympic gold since she was 12. Now 20, she’s likely to surpass her 2008 medal haul of four golds, a silver and a bronze. She already has three golds and a silver. And you may have seen her in commercials: Newer on the Paralympic scene is Brad Snyder. Less … Continue reading U.S. Paralympic swimmers find London to their liking

Weekend Paralympic links

The Paralympic Games start Wednesday with the opening ceremony. Then we’ll have archery, track cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball on Thursday No, I’m not doing medal projections. That’s a bit too complicated. But I will grab some of the more interesting things I see and pass them along. Like so: – Tatyana McFadden is doing five events ranging from the 100 meters to the marathon. Let’s see Usain Bolt top THAT. – Need a guide to the Paralympic classifications? Give it a try. – A Norwich charity is helping North Korea … Continue reading Weekend Paralympic links

Olympic legacy: White elephants, tourist attractions or training centers?

You may have seen some of the depressing photos of abandoned Olympic venues in recent days — from Beijing, from Athens, from all over. Is the USA doing any better? A travel-planning site called RoadTrippers sent out a release today highlighting a few thriving venues from Squaw Valley (though it’s labeled as the “only venue in use from ’60 Winter Olympics”), the Lake Placid center that saw Sonja Henie in 1932 and the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980, the still-useful speedskating oval and Olympic Park from Salt Lake City, and the still-dancing fountains at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. Winter Olympics … Continue reading Olympic legacy: White elephants, tourist attractions or training centers?

2012 medal projection redux: What we learned

Update: This is now adjusted to reflect our first doping case: Belarus loses gold, New Zealand up to gold, Russia up to silver, China up to bronze. That’s one more medal for China. When we started, I said I thought the Wall Street Journal had the best projection model. I’d say they were pretty close. Here’s the table, updated with the “actual” column: Table 32 – Sheet1 xxx I added up the differences between the actual and each of the picks for these 10 countries. Here’s what I wound up with: 32: Wall Street Journal 38: Sports Illustrated 55: SportsMyriad 58: … Continue reading 2012 medal projection redux: What we learned

Olympic Daily Glance, Day 16 — Out with a bang (modern pentathlon)

Sunday at the Olympic Games: Can you guess the last event of the Olympics? All by itself, unless one of the team sports goes into quintuple-overtime. And then the competitors have about 2 1/2 hours to get over the closing ceremony. Unless you’re on NBC time. Speaking of NBC, though, the day is so light that you may see just about everything on one of the networks. Given the “Olympic Event(s) TBA” on the schedule, you may see some things more than once. The only sad part is the knowledge that you’ll be watching some of this after the athletes … Continue reading Olympic Daily Glance, Day 16 — Out with a bang (modern pentathlon)

Olympic Daily Glance, Day 15 — The penultimate

Saturday at the Olympic Games: Enjoy today. Not much to see Sunday. This afternoon, the medals will be flying. WHAT HAPPENED FRIDAY Two outstanding U.S. performances. The women’s 4×100 relay (Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter) set a world record of 40.82 seconds. And wrestler Jordan Burroughs had a thrilling, occasionally flashy run to the gold medal. Aside from that and the requisite U.S. men’s hoops explosion against Argentina, it was a slow day for the USA.  The men’s 4×400 relay was run down on the last leg by the surprising team from Bahamas. Paige McPherson beat world champion Sarah Stevenson and … Continue reading Olympic Daily Glance, Day 15 — The penultimate