David Boudia Upsets Chinese, Wins Olympic Gold in 10-Meter Platform Diving

David Boudia Upsets Chinese, Wins Olympic Gold in 10-Meter Platform Diving

Chinese divers had won six of the seven gold medals awarded at the 2012 London Games going into the final diving event, the men’s 10-meter platform. Two Chinese divers, Qiu Bo and Lin Yue, were ranked first and second after the preliminaries and again after the semifinals. But in an upset, David Boudia of the United States won gold, the first gold medal for the United States in diving since Laura Wilkinson in 2000 and the first for the men since Mark Lenzi won the 3-meter springboard in 1992.

Read more about David Boudia’s Gold Medal victory in the New York Times here.

David Boudia Wins Olympic Gold in 10-Meter Platform Diving

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A Medley Relay Victory in His Final Race, Phelps Claims 18th Olympic Gold

A Medley Relay Victory in His Final Race, Phelps Claims 18th Olympic Gold

Michael Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his record-breaking career Saturday as the most decorated Olympian. FINA president Julio Maglione presented Phelps with a silver trophy to recognize his achievements.

Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. At these games Phelps won four gold medals and two silvers, more medals than any other swimmer.

Last Tuesday, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games. With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. He followed that achievement with three more gold medal performances this week, as he swam to victories in the 200-meter individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly and the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Read more about the amazing achievements of Michael Phelps in the New York Times here.

Michael Phelps Wins Gold in Final Olympic Race, 4x100m Medley Relay

Michael Phelps Awarded His Final Olympic Medal

Michael Phelps Wins Olympic Gold in Final 100m Butterfly

Michael Phelps Wins Olympic Gold in 200m Individual Medley

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The Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

The Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa made history on Saturday morning, becoming the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Olympics when he lined up for a first-round heat in the men’s 400 meters at London’s Olympic Stadium. The crowd saluted Pistorius with roars of encouragement; he sprinted to a second place finish in his heat in 45.46 seconds, a season-best time, and advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.

Pistorius reached the finish line after six lomg years of yearning to achieve a qualifying time and five years of scientific and legal arguments about whether his prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage over sprinters using their natural legs.

Read more about the amazing achievements of Oscar Pistorius in the New York Times here.

Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

The Blade Runner: South Africa’s Amazing Oscar Pistorius

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Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Four years after he climbed to the top of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games on Tuesday.

With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. His teammates threw their arms around him, as the crowd at London’s Aquatic Centre rose to their feet to witness the coronation of the Olympic king.

The record Phelps broke was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won the last of her 18 Olympic medal at Tokyo in 1964. Until Phelps arrived at Olympic competition, no one had come close to breaking her record in almost half a century. Now the torch has been passed to the 27-year-old Michael Phelps from Baltimore.

Read more about Phelp’s achievement in the New York Times here.

Michael Phelps earns Record 19th Medal at London’s 2012 Olympics

Michael Phelps’ 19th Medal Ceremony at London’s 2012 Olympics

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Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

Originally created in support of charity, the popularity of the Dieux Du Stade Calendars has been credited for the increased fame of the Stade Français rugby team, as well as for rugby in general, in France. During the calendar’s 10 years, the basic concept hasn’t changed: the calendar features nude and semi-nude photographs of members of Stade Français, the Paris-based domestic French rugby team, and in more recent years, it includes players from other rugby union clubs. Photographed by Francois Rousseau, in his 3rd collaboration with Dieux Du Stade, the theme for 2012 tells the story of “survivors of a lost world, trying to get on board a ship.”

Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

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“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius Reaches 400 Meters Semi-Finals At World Championships

“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius Reaches 400m Semi-Finals At World Championships

“Blade runner” Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter running on carbon-fiber blades, passed his first test with flying colors on his debut at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Pistorius swept past several able-bodied runners, finishing third in his heat to reach the semi-finals of the 400 meters Sunday. The South African, who has had to overcome huge legal and performance obstacles just to be allowed to race in Daegu, South Korea, on his prosthetic legs, delighted the crowd with a strong run of 45.39 seconds from an outside lane.

The crowd rose to the double amputee as he powered down the final straight before a band of his compatriots chanted “Oscar! Oscar!” to confirm the 24-year-old as one of the sentimental favorites of the championships. Describing his landmark race as a great relief, especially after the disruption of a false start by another of the runners, Pistorius said he had fulfilled a long-held ambition.

After he crossed the line, Pistorius gave an appreciative bow to the South Korean crowd of about 10,000 for its cheers and support. After the race, Pistorius said, “I have worked extremely hard to be here” “It has been phenomenal to run. It has been a lot of pressure in the race, and there is a lot of work for tomorrow.” “It was a great opportunity for me to have a chance to run, this is a goal I’ve had for many, many years,” he told reporters. “I really don’t feel like a pioneer but I’m very honored to be in the position I am in . I hope to write a few more chapters, I’m still young.”

World Athletics 2011: Pistorius Reaches 400m Semi-Finals

The Blade Runner: South Africa’s Amazing Oscar Pistorius

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Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François is a starkly beautiful and surprisingly moving five-minute animated short film directed by French animators Bruno Mangyoku and Tom Haugomat, which was awarded the Jean Luc Xiberras de la Première Oeuvre Award at Annecy 2010. The film is about a lonely championship swimmer who is trapped by haunting memories of his childhood experiences, and whose stellar present-day athletic achievements only serve to evoke painfully sad memories of childhood failure.

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

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