Olympics

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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Olympic Sports
8:05 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Olympic track and field trials in Eugene expected to sell out

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

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 3:52 pm

PORTLAND – Organizers of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials say they’re on track for a sellout for the eight-day event in Eugene. Single-day event tickets go on sale Friday morning.

University of Oregon associate athletic director Vin Lananna predicts they’ll disappear fast.

“Our projection was always to sellout. That’s kind of important," Lananna says. "Our budget is built around a sellout. It is important for a whole bunch of reasons that we sell out.”

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Olympic Sports
9:48 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Seattle Boxer Fights Battle Of The Mind In Face Of Olympics

Queen Underwood, 27, of Seattle steps out of the ring victorious at the Olympic team trials for women's boxing in Spokane. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 4:31 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - You might remember the film "Million Dollar Baby." Hillary Swank plays a female boxer named Maggie. Clint Eastwood plays her crusty – and at first, reluctant — trainer.

Maggie: "I thought you might want to train me."

Frankie: "I don't train girls."

Maggie: "Maybe you should. People who see me fight think I'm tough."

Frankie: "Girlie, tough ain't enough."

This year, women will box for the gold for the first time ever at the Summer Olympics in London. One of the top contenders is a boxer from the Northwest named Queen Underwood.

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tragic news
2:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Canadian ski pioneer Sarah Burke dies after practice injury

Sarah Burke, of Canada, shown in this 2010 photograph, died Thursday.
The Associated Press

Freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke died this morning at the University of Utah Medical Center from injuries suffered nine days ago while practicing the sport she championed.

"Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved," says a statement from the medical center. "In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others."

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Wed October 13, 2010

Nikki Yanofsky Studio Session

Nikki Yanofsky signs the KPLU Autograph Wall and joins the likes of Dr. John, Kyle Eastwood and Shemekia Copeland.

Jazz and pop singer, Nikki Yanofsky, is a very cheerful 16 year-old. And why not? As you will hear in this interview with KPLU/Jazz 24 host, Kevin Kniestedt, she says that as soon as she learned to talk, she began to say she wanted to be a singer. It was something she began to pursue right away.

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