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The 2012 Inspiring Athletes Summer Olympics Review

posted by Chad Bonham

In what will likely go down in broadcasting history as the most watched Olympics of all-time, the 2012 London Games offered all of the drama, disappointment and downright awe-inspiring moments that we’ve come to expect. Here are just a few […]

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Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney and US women’s soccer team capture Olympic gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney were among the women’s soccer players from 2008 to capture Olympic gold once again. After narrowly defeating Canada in double overtime (4-3), the Americans shot out to a 2-0 lead and staved off a scurried […]

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U.S. Olympian Dawn Harper takes silver in spectacular 100-meter hurdles final

posted by Chad Bonham

Dawn Harper shocked the world with a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Still, she entered the 2012 Games with minimal hype for a defending champion. Much of the attention in the U.S., was still […]

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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 […]

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 U.S. Olympian Jesse Williams

posted by Chad Bonham

In 1984, Jesse Williams went to his first Summer Games. It was a memorable moment for many aspiring American athletes who were able to watch the world’s greatest competitors go head-to-head in their proverbial backyard. Forgive Williams if he doesn’t […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Brittany Viola

posted by Chad Bonham

Brittany Viola narrowly missed the Olympic diving team in 2004 and has been fighting to get to the Games ever since. Earlier today, the two-time NCAA champion from the University of Miami dominated the competition and punched her ticket to […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison

posted by Chad Bonham

To the average onlooker, archery might seem to be one of the most tedious if not strenuous sports at the Summer Olympics. But to Arizona native Brady Ellison, pulling back the string and aiming at a target roughly 75 yards […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tamika Catchings

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s no wonder that Tamika Catchings is one of the WNBA’s most popular players. She’s accessible to the fans, she’s active in the community, she plays with as much heart as any athlete to ever step foot on the court, […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Kendrick Farris

posted by Chad Bonham

Like most Olympians, Kendrick Farris had an epiphany—that moment in time when it all clicks and dreams come into crystal clear focus. But for Farris, it wasn’t while training in the gym, lifting in a competition or getting a pep […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin

posted by Chad Bonham

Words like “prodigy” and “phenom” get thrown around a lot when discussing young athletes, but in Missy Franklin’s case, those descriptive monikers can be legitimately used. Franklin started swimming at the age of five and by the age of 16 […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper

posted by Chad Bonham

It might not sound like much fun to the average non-athlete type out there, but for the tri-athlete, a mile-long swim in choppy waters, a 25-mile bike ride along a hilly path and a six-mile run on worn out legs […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tobin Heath

posted by Chad Bonham

She may not have the historical name recognition of Mia Hamm or the star du jour status of Abby Wambach, but ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that Tobin Heath is a significant contributor to the U.S. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall

posted by Chad Bonham

When Ryan Hall travels to London this summer, he’ll be making his second appearance at the Olympic Games. This time, however, he’ll be doing so with four valuable years of experience as a rising star within the long distance running […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Kevin Durant

posted by Chad Bonham

Kevin Durant isn’t looking ahead to the 2012 Summer Games in London. He’s a little busy right now leading the Oklahoma City Thunder through the NBA Playoffs. But in a matter of weeks, the NBA scoring champ will be getting […]

Olympians share faith in upcoming Inspiring Athletes series

posted by Chad Bonham

Starting next Tuesday (May 29th), Inspiring Athletes will launch a 20-part series that will feature 16 Olympic hopefuls, three Olympic legends and a special 2012 Summer Olympics preview. This special series will lead up to the London Games that kicks […]

Olympic athletes featured in new book Glory of the Games

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Ask just about any elite athlete what it takes to reach the highest level of competition and you’ll probably hear words such as “determination,” “endurance,” “focus,” “passion,” “patience” and “self-discipline.” But in […]

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scores 500th career goal

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career goal Saturday night in a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild. Iginla is just the 42nd NHL player to reach this milestone and […]

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