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Heavy Medal: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Rhode's Shotgun Stolen

From the Associated Press: An Olympic gold medalist shooter is offering $5,000 for the return of her shotgun, which she says was stolen from her pickup truck while she was buying shoes for her wedding in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Champion...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Physicist: Bolt Could Have Run 9.55

From the Associated Press: A physicist has done the math, and says Usain Bolt could have run the 100-meter Olympic final in 9.55 seconds if he had not slowed down to showboat. "We estimate that he could have finished the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Phelps Signing for Charity

From the Associated Press: Michael Phelps' golden signature will help raise money for charity. Autographed photos, USA swim caps and Sports Illustrated magazine covers are among the collectibles in Phelps' one-year deal with Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia. The Olympic swimming...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Softball Working on Europe

The Amateur Softball Association is continuing its efforts to get the sport reinstated for the 2016 Olympics. The organization is sending two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza and two-time Olympic head coach Mike Candrea will lead softball clinics in London -- site...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USATF Head Decries Beijing Performance

From the Associated Press: The new leader of USA Track and Field analyzed the team's underwhelming performance at the Beijing Olympics -- including dropped batons and a record-low men's gold medal count -- and judged the federation's overall performance to...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Phelps 'Excited' About SNL Gig

From the Associated Press: Michael Phelps steps out of his chlorinated comfort zone to host the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, treading the same stage where his comedy idol Chris Farley once got big laughs. The swimmer...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Du Toit Finds Gold Again

From the Associated Press: Natalie Du Toit of South Africa won her fourth gold medal in swimming at the Beijing Paralympics, taking the 400-meter freestyle on Friday in a world-record time for her disability group. Du Toit, who lost a...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 12, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two Lifters Banned for Life

From the Associated Press: Two members of Bulgaria's national weightlifting team were banned for life Thursday and nine others suspended in a doping scandal that barred the team from the Beijing Olympics. The entire 11-member squad tested positive in June...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 11, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bolt to Visit Letterman, Real Madrid

From the Associated Press: Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, is in high demand, the latest invitations coming from David Letterman and the Real Madrid soccer team. The three-time Beijing Olympic gold medalist will visit Letterman on CBS's "Late Show"...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 11, 2008; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Du Toit, Popovich Garner More Gold

From the Associated Press: Natalie Du Toit of South Africa and Erin Popovich of the United States keep winning swimming gold medals at the Paralympics. Du Toit, one of two athletes who also competed in the Beijing Olympics, captured her...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 11, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wrestler Stripped of Medal Appeals

From the Associated Press: The Swedish wrestler stripped of his bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics for protesting during the medal ceremony filed an appeal Thursday with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Ara Abrahamian, who was disqualified from...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 11, 2008; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Canada's Buttle Retires

From the Associated Press: World champion figure skater Jeffrey Buttle is going out on top, announcing his retirement Wednesday at age 26. Buttle became the first Canadian to win the men's title since Elvis Stojko in 1997 when he won...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 10, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Figure Skating  
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Britain Dominates Cycling

From the Associated Press: Britain won three gold medals in track cycling on Wednesday in the Paralympic Games, solidifying its spot behind leader China in the medal standings. China leads the medal table with 24 gold and 77 overall. Britain...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 10, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Israel Apologizes for Remarks

From the Associated Press: An Israeli Cabinet minister called the Chinese ambassador Wednesday to apologize after Israel's only Beijing Olympics medalist used a curse to describe the Chinese in a newspaper interview. Israeli windsurfing bronze medalist Shahar Zubari used a...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 10, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rahlves Preps for Ski Cross Season

Daron Rahlves retired from Alpine skiing after the 2006 season, but the break was short-lived. He returned to competition last season and won the X Games ski cross competition. Now he's gearing up for another season of ski cross, which...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 10, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Skiing  
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Americans Study 2010 Course

Tbe U.S. cross-country ski team has been training in Whistler, British Columbia, to familiarize itself with the course before the 2010 Vancouver Games. "As far as training at the venue goes, it's a unique opportunity. We can roller ski on...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 10, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cross-country skiing  
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Maryland Celebration Planned for Oct. 4

Plans were unveiled today to honor Maryland's Olympians -- including eight-time gold medalist Michael Phelps -- in a series of events on Oct. 4. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon were joined by...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 9, 2008; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Pistorius Wins 100 Meters

From the Associated Press: One gold medal down and two to go for sprinter Oscar Pistorius at the Beijing Paralympics. Despite a slow start on a wet track, the South African won the most difficult of his three races, clocking...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 9, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cycling: Mask Flap Isn't Over

From the Associated Press: "Sorry" seems to be the hardest word for four American Olympic cyclists who wore masks at the Beijing airport. Now, the U.S. Olympic Committee wants to end the issue for good. USOC officials will talk this...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 9, 2008; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pistorius Leads 100-Meter Heats

From the Associated Press: Oscar Pistorius of South Africa began his bid for three gold medals at the Beijing Paralympics on Monday by finishing in 11.16 seconds for the fastest time in 100-meter heats. Pistorius, a double amputee, races with...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 8, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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