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2012 Summer Olympics

2012 Summer Olympics

Road cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (far left), South Africa, participated in her first Olympics this year in London. She finished 16th and was the top South African in the 2012 Olympics. Though injuries have slowed her down (she once broke her collarbone three times in 12 months), it hasn't stopped her from excelling in cycling. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Moolman Pasio. Read Moolman Pasio's Olympic blog here...

LONDON (BP) -- In qualifying for the U.S. wrestling Olympics team, Sam Hazewinkel did more than just fulfill a lifelong dream. He made history, both for himself and for his dad. Dave Hazewinkel, Sam's father, wrestled in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. With Sam wrestling in London this week as part of the U.S. team, the pair becomes the first U.S. father and son wrestlers to compete in the Olympics for the United States...

Oludamola Osayomi, Nigerian and African Champion, 100/200 meters, is participating in her third Olympics, after representing Nigeria in 2004 and 2008. She won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 as part of Nigeria's 4x100-meter relay team and is a four-time African Championshipa gold medalist, and a four-time All-Africa Games gold medalist. She has also represented Nigeria at five World Championships. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Osayomi...

LONDON (BP) -- At 15, American Brittany Viola thought she wasn't good enough to be one of the top divers in the world because she didn't look the part. The young diver had been given an opportunity to train with Laura Wilkinson, the best diver in Viola's event at the time (and a former Olympic gold medalist). "As we trained together, I was also surrounded by some of the best divers in the world," Viola, now 25, recalled. "I was only two years into the sport, so I wanted to know how I could become the best. One of the things that I saw was that these girls were in really good shape, and I had a little bit of a different body image than they did..."

British kayaker Angela Hannah, along with teammates Jess Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, and Louisa Sawers, finished second in their first heat on Monday during the Olympic women’s 500-meter K4 (kayak, with four people) competition. Later in the day, the foursome finished fourth of eight teams in the semifinals to advance to Wednesday’s Olympic final. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Hannah... Q. How did you get into kayaking? A. About four years ago. I was approached by someone with Sport England, and she asked if I wanted to try kayaking and just thought I would be the right shape or height to do kayaking...

LONDON (BP) -- Gabby Douglas will soon have more money than she ever dreamed. With a vibrant smile and two gold medals to her credit at the Olympics, the 16-year-old gymnast undoubtedly will cash in with endorsement and marketing deals worth millions of dollars. At the top of her wish list? An Acura NSX. "I want the one like Iron Man's off 'The Avengers,'" Douglas said. "That was a nice car..."

Triathlete Hunter Kemper finished 14th on Tuesday in the London 2012 men's triathlon, becoming the top American men's finisher in all four Olympic games since the triathlon made its debut 12 years ago. He covered the 1,500-meter swim, 43-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 46 seconds. He was seventh in 2008 in Beijing, ninth in 2004 in Athens and 17th in 2000 in Sydney. Our story on Kemper was published in the Vol. 26, No. 3 issue of  Sports Spectrum magazine...

Will Claye, who already earned a bronze medal in the long jump on Saturday, finished fourth in today's qualifying for the triple jump to earn a spot in Thursday's triple jump final. Claye, considered to be the best long and triple jumper, combined, in the world, is a student at the University of Florida and will return to Florida in September to head back to school.  Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Claye... 

LONDON (BP) -- Bernard McGraw paused when he saw the man at the pump stacking pennies on the hood of his car. "Hey, man -- do you have a quarter? I'm trying to buy a gallon of gas." McGraw had one. He tucked it in the man's hand, along with a business card for his Creole restaurant. "If you're hungry, please come, and I'll feed you because of the love Jesus has for me and for you...'"

On Sunday, Sanya Richards-Ross won the gold medal in the women’s 400 meters. She will also be running in the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday, Aug. 11. She is a four-time Olympic medalist (three gold, one bronze), an eight-time World Championships medalist (six gold, two silver), and the American record holder in the 400 meters. She is married to NFL defensive back Aaron Ross, who played on the New York Giants Super Bowl-winning teams in 2007 and 2012. The couple, who began dating in 2003 when they were student-athletes at the University of Texas, was married on Feb. 26, 2010. Aaron will play for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. Read this exclusive interview that Sports Spectrum partner 2K Plus International Sports Media had with Richards-Ross.

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