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Heavy Medal: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Meteorologists Predict Rain and Heat for Olympics

A team of meteorologists predicted overcast conditions and periodic thunderstorms on Friday, the day of the Opening Ceremonies. They also forecast slightly more rain and higher temperatures than normal throughout the month of August. "Whether we will be disappointed, that's...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 2, 2008; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chinese Women Lose Ma

Ma Xiaoxu, a strike for the Chinese women's soccer team, will likely miss the entire Olympic tournament because of a torn ligament in her left knee. Ma had just recovered from a similar injury and was expected to fill a...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 2, 2008; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Coach Trims "Fat" from Mexico's Diving Program

Ma Jin, the Beijing native credited with turning around Mexico's diving program, said at the National Aquatics Center here Saturday that it took her a while to adjust when she arrived in 2003. One of the biggest differences? The, uh,...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 2, 2008; 10:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bolt Plans to Run 100 and 200 in Beijing

Jamaican Usain Bolt will compete in both the 100 and 200 meters in the track and field competition that begins Aug. 15. Bolt, 22, was considering running just the 200, which be considers his specialty, on the advice of his...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 2, 2008; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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2000 U.S. Men's 4x400 Team Loses Gold Medals

Michael Johnson and the other U.S. men that competed on the winning 4x400 relay team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney must return their gold medals, the International Olympic Committee executive board decided Saturday in a decision that came as...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 2, 2008; 3:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swimmer Hardy Believes Tests Handled Properly

American swimmer Jessica Hardy believes her positive test for a banned performance-enhancing drug was handled properly by anti-doping authorities, a main reason she withdrew from the Olympics Friday and didn't further her appeal, her attorney said in a statement. "Based...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 2, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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