The Olympics is supposed to be a time when racial and international borders are ignored. Confrontations, negotiations, animosity and discontent between countries are supposed to be pushed to the wayside. Religion and politics take a backseat to something that unites us all: sports.
When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced last Tuesday that it was dropping wrestling from the Olympic Games in 2020, I started to wonder if… Continue Reading »
After winning back-to-back national championships, it’s hard to imagine how the Stanford women’s water polo team could improve in 2013. But that’s what adding three… Continue Reading »
Stanford student athletes and alumni brought home 12 golds and 20 medals in total from this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Ahead of a ceremony that will honor the Cardinal’s Olympians at halftime during the Homecoming football game against Arizona this weekend, The Daily had a chance to talk to seven current students who competed at the Games.
Gold medalist Kelley O’Hara ’10 spoke with The Daily during last Friday’s women’s soccer season opener, just after spending time on the air as part of the Pac-12 Networks’ first live event broadcast.
Over the 19 days of competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, current Stanford athletes and alumni took 16 medals—equivalent to 17th in the world amongst participating country. Stanford finished third in the collegiate Olympic medal count behind USC and Cal, and tied USC for earning the most gold medals. Here are some Cardinal highlights of the last week of Olympic competition.
It’s fair to say that beach volleyball was a hit at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I am biased, since I spent my summer working as a volunteer at Horse Guards Parade, this Games’ venue for beach volleyball. But the sellout crowds truly created a great atmosphere at most matches, even those starting at 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. The sport’s governing body, the FIVB, has interpreted this as a strong sign that the Olympic Games will leave a big legacy in the U.K., that the country is both building up a fan base and encouraging people to take up the sport.