Olympic sports

Olympic Sports
2:55 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Disproportionately high number of Northwest runners on team USA

Runners with Northwest ties finished 1-2-3 in the men's 5,000 meters. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 1:28 pm

EUGENE, Ore. - Two more runners and two javelin throwers from the Northwest claimed spots in the London Olympics on the final day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Runners, jumpers and throwers from the Northwest performed well in these Olympic Trials. In fact, more than 20 percent of the athletes on the U.S. Olympic track and field team have ties to our region.

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Olympic Sports
9:11 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Olympic qualifiers resume as Portland's Rupp aims for 'double'

Portland native Galen Rupp is aiming to qualify for the 5,000 meters at the Summer Olympics. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 5:01 pm

EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field resume Thursday afternoon in Eugene after a two day rest break. Tonight, more athletes with Northwest ties step to the starting line than on any other day of the event.

In the men's pole vault, Spokane native and former University of Washington Husky Brad Walker attempts to qualify for his second Olympic team.

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Olympic Sports
10:50 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Fourth, fifth place good enough for some local Olympics hopefuls

High jumper Jesse Williams of Eugene qualified for the Summer Olympics despite finishing fourth at the U.S. Team Trials. By Tom Banse.

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:49 am

EUGENE, Ore. – A fourth or fifth place finish tends to bring excruciating disappointment at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Top three qualify for the Summer Olympics, normally. But fourth and fifth place was good enough Monday night for two Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest.

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Olympic Sports
4:04 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Ex-collegians and prepsters from Northwest win summer Olympics berths

By Tom Banse Caption: Former UW Husky and Renton High School grad Aretha (Hill) Thurmond is headed to her fourth Olympics.

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 7:06 am

EUGENE, Ore. – A dark horse in the sprints. A mother who’s competed at three prior Olympics. And a former NCAA pole vault champion from the University of Oregon. Those are your three newest U.S. Olympians with Northwest ties.

A little-known sprinter from Salem, Oregon leaned at the tape to edge out more famous track stars in the hundred meter dash. Ryan Bailey struggled to find the words to describe how it felt to finish third and to secure a trip to the London Olympics.

"I don’t even know what to say. I’m still taking it all in," Bailey says.

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Olympic Sports
8:19 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Olympic track trials could stock Team USA with Northwest athletes

Hayward Field in Eugene is the site of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Photo by Wolfram Burner/ Flickr

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:01 pm

EUGENE, Ore. - Qualifying action for the 2012 Summer Olympics is happening in three Northwest cities this week. The U.S. Olympic Trials in diving are underway in Federal Way, Washington. Meanwhile, track and field qualifying starts with a hammer throw competition on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon Thursday. The rest of the track team selection unfolds in Eugene starting on Friday. Team USA is likely to be well-stocked with Northwest athletes.

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