Every four years, the same debate persists around this time: whether the Winter Olympics are up to par with the Summer Olympics. I’m sure Norway and the Netherlands would love to argue that winter is far superior, and Jamaica and Great Britain would beg to differ.
Stanford student-athletes and alumni are busy competing at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. Here are some of the highlights from Day 7 to Day 15:
It is mid-afternoon at the London Aquatics Centre, and the focus has shifted on Day 11 of the Olympics from speed to artistic swimming. Twelve pairs of swimmers competing for their respective countries will now combine elements of ballet, gymnastics and aquatics in three-minute routines in which duos in perfect unison perform carefully choreographed swims. It is as though the gymnastics floor exercise has been moved into the water, as an international panel of judges scores the artistic and technical merit of the swimming pairs.
Congratulations America. You’ve done your very best to steal London’s thunder of hosting the 2012 Olympic Games by landing yet another rover on the surface of Mars. It is all very impressive, I’ll admit that, though I wonder if you couldn’t have waited just a couple of weeks and let us Brits have our time in the limelight.
Thirty-seven Stanford students and alumni will be competing in the next couple of weeks in the London 2012 Olympic Games, leading to hopes of yet another large medal haul for the Cardinal. Here we present some of the potential highlights for Stanford fans, focusing on the teams and athletes most likely to be able to bring home gold based on past success:
PattiSue Plumer ‘85 J.D. ‘89 isn’t just the associate cross country coach and assistant track and field coach; she’s one of the most accomplished long-distance runners in Stanford history.
Flying into the U.K. last week, the capital lay mostly hidden beneath a bank of cloud and mist. Occasional breaks in the gray hinted at green fields and brick houses, but nothing really out of the ordinary. No sign that just a week later, it would be host to one of the world’s biggest sports events: the Summer Olympics.