London Summer Games 2012

Gabby Douglas Wins AP Female Athlete of the Year

Sixteen year-old Gabby Douglas has become a worldwide star since winning the Olympic all-around title in London, the first African-American gymnast to claim gymnastics’ biggest prize. And now she has earned another honor. Douglas was selected The Associated Press’ female athlete of the year, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by U.S. editors …

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President Obama and Gymnast McKayla Maroney are Not Impressed

The 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team stopped by the White House Thursday to visit with President Barack Obama. McKayla Maroney, a vault specialist,  took home the silver medal in the individual vault competition at the London Games, and followed up with a facial expression that went viral. Maroney hinted on Twitter Thursday that she may …

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Glamour Magazine Honors Female Olympians

Glamour Magazine celebrates the 2012 “Women of the Year” in its current issue and  features a range of gold-medal winning female Olympians. Following their impressive  performances at the London Games over the summer, honorees include the “Fab Five” U.S. women’s gymnastic team, swimmer Missy Franklin, martial artist Kayla Harrison, sprinter Allyson Felix and soccer player …

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Walsh-Jennings Wins Gold While Pregnant

What’s more impressive than winning a third-straight Olympic gold medal (wearing a bikini no less)? Winning it while five weeks pregnant. In an interview Monday on the “Today” show, beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings revealed that she was pregnant while competing at the Olympics last month. Walsh-Jennings and her long-time teammate, Misty May-Treanor, won their …

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Coldplay, Rihanna, Jay-Z Perform at London Paralympics Closing Ceremony

Coldplay and Rihanna rocked the Olympic Stadium Sunday night to give the 2012  Paralympic Games a rousing send-off and wrap up an unforgettable summer of sports in London. Jay-Z joined the three-hour party at a packed 80,000-seat arena that has played host to memorable moments across both the Olympics and Paralympics. Central to the ceremony …

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Gold Medal Gymnast Aly Raisman Scores First Sponsorship Deal

Gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman was one of our faves to watch during the Olympics so was happy to read she signed her first major endorsement deal since returning from the London. The Needham, Mass., native this week signed a one-year deal to endorse Poland Spring water. The gymnast and Maine-based beverages company announced the deal …

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Strong is Pretty and the Olympics Proved It

We’ve been saying it for years but now everyone knows – Strong is pretty. With the London Olympics now in the history books, world champion boxer Laila A. Ali  and Kathryn E. Olson, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, write about the impressive showing of female athletes at the Summer Games. Fully 40 years after …

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Teen Boxer Claressa Shields in the Olympic Record Books

Women’s boxing is new to the Summer Olympics in 2012 and 17-year-old U.S. boxer Claressa Shields carved her name in the record books as the first middleweight gold medalist by winning a 19-12 decision over Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova Thursday (Aug. 9). The victory made Shields the only American boxer at the London Games— and the …

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WEtv Picks Up Reality Pilot Starring Olympic Champion Sanya Richards-Ross

Just days after Sanya Richards-Ross won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 400-meter race, WE tv announces it has picked up a pilot of a reality show based on her life training for the Olympics and her relationship with NFL-playing husband Aaron Ross and the rest of her family. Richards-Ross, who  also earned two …

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USA Women’s Water Polo Win First Gold Medal In Team History

London, England – August 9 – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team won their first ever Olympic gold medal tonight with an 8-5 defeat of Spain in the championship match of the 2012 Olympic Games. Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) scored five goals to lead Team USA on offense while Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC) …

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