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Monthly Archives: August 2012

The United States defeated Tunisia 3-0 on Monday to clinch the top spot in Group B in men's volleyball. LONDON (BP) -- In one way, Reid Priddy hopes that the London Olympics won't be a repeat of what happened in Beijing. Four years ago, tragedy struck the men's volleyball squad when Todd Bachman, the father-in-law of team coach Hugh McCutcheon, was stabbed and killed at the Drum Tower in Beijing shortly after the Opening Ceremony...

"You have to keep motivated. It’s hard for us because we come to Europe and a six-month season here, and we go back to South Africa and the summer season starts there. So, you have to take breaks along the way to keep your motivation and your mind fresh for the races. My faith has also played a role in that and just trusting in God and knowing that He’ll get you through the tough times and setting goals for yourself on the way and believing in yourself that you can get there and He can help you through any difficult times you have and stay motivated and positive..."

LONDON (BP) -- The fact that Jesse Williams is even on the U.S. Olympic team may seem like a fluke to some. The U.S. high jumper finished fourth in the Olympic trials earlier this summer, and only the top three qualify for the Olympics. But third-place finisher Nick Ross didn't have the Olympic 'A' standard necessary, 7'7", so Williams squeaked in...

For Stephanie Brown Trafton, a year made a world of difference; not only in the discus ring, but in her personal faith, as well. The track and field standout who had never won a U.S. track and field title or even an NCAA championship while at Cal Poly, won the discus at the 2008 Olympics. She followed that with three U.S. titles (2009, 2011, 2012) and an American record this year in the event...

Great Britain’s Richard Chambers, along with teammates Peter Chambers (brother), Rob Williams and Chris Bartley, helped Britain win its third Olympic rowing medal at the 2012 London Olympics by taking the silver medal in men’s lightweight fours on Thursday. Although it was Richard Chambers’ first Olympic medal, he had won three medals at the World Championships, taking gold in 2007, gold in 2010, and bronze in 2011. Here is an interview with Richard Chambers, 27, on various things concerning rowing and his faith...

LONDON (BP) -- Tobin Heath's love affair with the sport of soccer began early in life -- when she started playing at age 4 at the local YMCA. "I had an incredible sense of joy in the game," she said. "I didn't want to do anything else." Her passion for soccer continued to develop throughout her youth, as did her skills. She became one of the top soccer players in the country, and this week she will make her second Olympics appearance as a member of the U.S. women's team...

Nigeria's Idara Otu (middle), track and field, will run in the semifinals of the 4x400 meters on August 10. She is a two-time All-American who ran at Stanford and is a Nigerian-American. She lived in Brooklyn before going to Stanford and graduating in 2009. Last time Nigeria won a medal in the event was a silver medal in 1996. You can follow Idara's London experience by visiting her blog. Q. What’s your inspiration as an athlete? A. As an individual and as an athlete, I put a lot of faith and trust in God...

LONDON (BP) -- U.S. archers Jacob Wukie and Jennifer Nichols each lost in their second-round matches July 31, ending their Olympics competition in 2012. "It's a little bit sad that it's already over after working so long for this," Nichols said. "But it's a season of life. Even though the Olympic Games are an incredible experience, I definitely think that there are also other highlights in life..."

LONDON (BP) -- When U.S. diver David Boudia looks at the bronze medal he won July 30 with his teammate Nick McCrory in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform event, he sees change. Boudia and McCrory put together six solid dives for a score of 463.47 points to finish third behind the teams from China (gold) and Mexico (silver) and ahead of the hometown team from Great Britain. Boudia, making his second Olympics appearance, said at this year's Games he has a "totally different mind frame" from what he did four years ago. "Going into 2008, I was just excited to be on the team, and it was deer in the headlights," Boudia said. "I was chasing after things that are temporary..."

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