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July 2012 Archives

Missy Franklin wins Olympic swimming gold in 100-meter backstroke

posted by Chad Bonham

Competing in the second of her seven total events, 17-year old swimming phenom Missy Franklin lived up to the hype with a gold medal performance in the 100-meter backstroke (breaking her own American record). She had already collected a bronze […]

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David Boudia collects Olympic diving bronze in 10m Platform Synchro event

posted by Chad Bonham

In his first of two events, David Boudia joined teammate Nick McCrory for a late comeback to earn bronze in the 10 meter platform synchro event. It was Boudia’s first career Olympic medal after coming home from Beijing empty handed […]

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Brady Ellison leads USA Archery to Olympic team silver

posted by Chad Bonham

In one of the early surprises at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Brady Ellison and his USA Archery teammates to a silver medal performance in the Team event. The big shock came in the semifinals when the Americans knocked off gold […]

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The Inspiring Athletes 2012 Summer Olympics Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

If you’re an Olympics junkie like me, you’ll probably be spending the next 17 days (July 27 – August 12) watching wall-to-wall coverage from London on NBC and its various affiliate cable outlets. And while there’s plenty of opportunity to […]

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team opens with 4-2 victory against France

posted by Chad Bonham

The Opening Ceremonies aren’t until Friday, but women’s soccer got started today at the Summer Olympics. In Glasgow, Scotland, the U.S. Women’s Team kicked off its defense of the 2008 gold medal with a 4-2 victory against France. The Americans […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ruth Riley

posted by Chad Bonham

Ruth Riley won’t be a member of the U.S. Women’s Basketball Team at the Olympics in London this year, but watching some of her close friends and former teammates (i.e. Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diane Taurasi) from […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller

posted by Chad Bonham

She was the de facto leader of the “Magnificent Seven,” the 1996 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team that won the first gold medal in the Team Competition. And with a combined 21 medals from the Olympics, World Championships and Pan […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson

posted by Chad Bonham

Heading into the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Dave Johnson had a plan. After finishing ninth at the 1988 Games in Seoul, the decathlete continued to move up the ranks and was considered the odds on favorite to win gold. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay

posted by Chad Bonham

Until 2008, only five American men had won the Olympic gold medal in the iconic decathlon event: Jim Thorpe (1912), Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952), Rafer Johnson (1960), Bruce Jenner (1976) and Dan O’Brien (1996). That all changed four years […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia

posted by Chad Bonham

David Boudia (pronounced boh-DIE-uh) qualified for his first international diving competition at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. But at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Boudia failed to win a medal in both the individual and synchro […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper

posted by Chad Bonham

Growing up in a rough East Saint Louis neighborhood, Dawn Harper knows something about overcoming the odds. But her natural leaping ability and speed put her on the proverbial fast track to follow in the footsteps of another hometown hero—Jackie […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Jonathan Horton

posted by Chad Bonham

For the past 10 years, Jonathan Horton has been a steady force within the international gymnastics community. Horton has collected seven gold medals at the U.S. National Championships, three gold medals at the World Cup and he brought home a […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Lauren Cheney

posted by Chad Bonham

Lauren Cheney has experienced the indescribable high of 2008 Olympic gold, the devastating low of falling short at the 2011 World Cup and everything in between. That wide range of emotion has both tested and strengthened her relationship with God. […]

A conversation with skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi

posted by Chad Bonham

Before there was the X-Games, there was Christian Hosoi. If you don’t understand the cultural relevance of that statement, just ask some of his skateboarding contemporaries like Tony Hawk, who once stated that Hosoi skated “in a way you wished […]

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