Amanda Bingson is ready for her dress rehearsal. The lights and stage will be similar to the real thing, but that’s not until the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. For Bingson, a recent UNLV grad who came out of nowhere to qualify for this summer’s Olympics in the hammer throw, London is just a warm-up.
The oldest man on the track charged around the final corner, emerging from the cluster at the back of the pack to make his kick in the final 100 meters. Khadevis Robinson ran a near-perfect race on June 25, in Eugene, Ore., at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Connor Fields leaned on a wooden fence beam at Boulder City BMX, armed with a Sharpie and two 24-packs of Monster Energy Drink. A flock of kids straddling BMX bikes surrounded him. For nearly an hour on a sweltering 90-degree day, he scribbled his initials – a C and backward F the way his dad does it –and Team USA onto cans, BMX jerseys, bike seats and anything else thrust at him. Kids ranging from 4 to 14 years old shout his name and fight for his attention. They don’t need to though.
If you want to watch local Olympians in action, you can make last-minute arrangements to fly to London. Or you can head to the Strip most any night and watch a dozen Olympic veterans — including gold, silver and bronze medal winners — perform overhead or in water as gymnasts and swimmers. Well, one fellow is a clown.
In the months spent training leading up to her London 2012 Olympic moment, Debra Toney told herself she was going to savor her time in the spotlight. But as a runner carrying the Olympic torch passed the flame to her earlier this month in a small English town, Toney took off like a sprinter competing in the games.
Anthony Davis approached the first defensive possession of his Team USA career like Happy Gilmore on the tee box. Davis, the No. 1 overall draft pick of the New Orleans Hornets, never did get a block in Team USA’s 113-59 victory against the Dominican Republic, but he did score nine points in the fourth quarter. And now he’s going to get several more chances at that first swat.
Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, who has spent seven years leading the effort to bring the Winter Olympic Games to Nevada, said organizers would continue to meet and plan despite a U.S. Olympic Committee decision not to bid to host the event in 2022.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, James Harden was preparing for his sophomore year at Arizona State. A standout by Pac-10 standards if not quite a national star, Harden watched USA Basketball’s run to the gold medal without the ‘One day that will be me’ thoughts that most of the current Team USA members once had. Yet here he is. On Saturday, Harden officially became a member of Team USA when Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski made their announcements at Wynn Las Vegas.
The debate may be USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo’s favorite part. On Friday night in Las Vegas, after the first day of Team USA’s training camp at the Mendenhall Center, Colangelo planned to get together with his basketball inner circle to compare and contrast their six candidates for the final three spots on the Olympic roster. Injuries pushed the announcement back, but the official 12-man roster is finally coming out Saturday during a press conference at 5 p.m. at Wynn Las Vegas.
An Olympic-class sprinter could cover 300 meters — about the length of three football fields — in just over 30 seconds. Luckily for Debra Toney, her participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games won’t require her to run nearly that fast.
The U.S. men’s national team officially begins training camp for the 2012 London Olympics at noon Friday at the Mendenhall Center. It will train behind closed doors for six days and then play an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on July 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
A landmark revenue-sharing agreement reached by the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee last month is being hailed as a potential catalyst for one of the state‚s largest tourism opportunities.
In eight days, if everything goes right, senior Brett Zorich and coach Khadevis Robinson will be on Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., competing in the 800 for spots on the U.S. track and field team at the London Olympics.