Olympics

Jamie Heuer

East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the nation’s premier athletes, with 6 Olympic medals to her name. Sports Illustrated named her the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century and tomorrow she will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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NewsChannel 5 reporter Casey Nolen just got back from Sochi, Russia, where he covered the Winter Games for the local NBC affiliate. As the sole reporter on the ground for KSDK, he got by with little sleep, the use of NBC cameras and “a lot of help from home.”

Gregg Forwerck/USA Hockey

If you thought regular ice hockey was intense, imagine being two feet closer to the puck and the sticks. It’s called sled hockey, and it’s one of the sports Paralympic athletes will be competing in when the Paralympic Winter Games opens in Sochi, Russia March 7.

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After months of searching for a new practice space, the members of the St. Louis Curling Club have found a place to pursue their passion. Nancy Rogers, who founded the club, and member Lucas Shook announced that the club will begin playing at the City of Creve Coeur Ice Rink (11400 Olde Cabin Road) on Saturday, March 1. The club will hold classes every Saturday in March and April.

Wikipedia

176 St. Louis-area-born athletes have competed in the Olympic Games, according to a list at Sports-Reference.com, mostly in the Summer Games, and many in events that today's Olympians can no longer medal in like Tug-of-War or Golf. Just 11 of those 176 competed in the Winter Olympics before this year's Sochi games — and only one made the medal stand.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When it comes to celebrating the area’s Olympic legacy, the St. Louis Sports Commission and its partners always have a Plan B. And C. And D.

The group recently learned that it lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympic swimming trials, finishing second to the incumbents in Omaha, Neb. The day before, though, it was named Sports Commission of the Year for the third time since 2002, thanks to its ability to work with its partners in staging events such as the 2012 USA Gymnastics Visa Championships, the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regionals, the 2012 NCAA Men’s Wrestling Championships.