London Olympics 2012

12:33 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Lighting 'The Torch': NPR's Olympics blog

The London 2012 Summer Olympics are almost upon us (they begin Friday) - so be sure to keep up with all of the interesting goings-on across the pond via NPR's Olympics Blog, 'The Torch.' From the impact of the games on Muslim athletes' Ramadan fasting to a guide to watching the Olympics online, there's already plenty there for you to explore. Check it out via the link.
You have found The Torch, NPR's new blog about the London 2012 Summer Olympics. For the next three weeks, we'll bring you the big news from London, along with stories about the human side of an international mega-event. Our goal is to write about the games' defining moments, along with the unexpected stories that we can't stop talking about.
London Olympics 2012
9:24 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D.

Runner Shannon Leinert, 24, hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic track and field team to compete in the 800-meter race.
Chris Auckley Courtesy of Chris Auckley

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:30 am

Among the dozens of athletes hoping to leap, throw or run their way to London as part of the U.S. track and field team is 24-year-old runner Shannon Leinert.

Leinert, who will compete in the 800-meter dash, has dreamed of the Olympics since she was 10 and winning races in St. Louis, her hometown. If that weren't enough, she's also working on a doctoral degree in special education.

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London Olympics
6:08 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Gymnasts come to St. Louis for shot at Olympic team dream

A gymnast practices a floor routine before the start of the Visa National Championships at Chaifetz Arena. 50 gymnasts are competing for a shot at the U.S. Olympic team.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The road to the Olympics in London passes through St. Louis this week.

Starting tomorrow, some of the world's top gymnasts will be competing at the Chaifetz Arena for a spot on Team USA.

St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito says about 50 athletes will be vying to make the cut, including gold-medalist Nastia Liukin and St. Louis native Sarah Finnegan.

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