Category: Sports

Sochi, Russia Interesting Facts

Here are 10 bits of information, be it perhaps trivia, that I’ll bet you didn’t know about the popular Russian resort town that is located on the eastern shore of the Black Sea.


1. The city of Sochi covers approximately a 90 miles long shoreline on the Black Sea.

2. It is Russia’s largest resort city, with around 343,334 inhabitants living in the city proper.

3. It is Russia’s only Sub-tropical Climate city, that sits between the Black Sea and Caucasus Mountains. Temperatures can range from 75 degree average in the summer to mild winters and it is only 996 miles to Moscow.

4. The largest trout fishery in Russia is located in the Sochi area.

5. The ski resort at Krasnaga Pulyana, outside Sochi in the mountains makes it a year-round resort venue for many Russians. The present day tourist numbers that visit the city are near 2million people a year.

6. Prior to 1864 it was seen as a Sunni Muslim village, but many Muslims migrated to Turkey as the Christian influence moved in. Today it is estimated the city population is only about 5% Muslim. Over 30 Christian Orthodox churches are scattered throughout the city, along with 2 monasteries and 2 Catholic churches.

7. Sochi has an annual Film Festival called “Kinotavir”.

8. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site…has a famous Arboretum….a world re-known ape breeding program….a symphony and chamber music Hall ….and it a city full of many Neoclassical Buildings designed by world famous architectsdesigners such as Ivan Zhaltovsky.

9. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2014 Para-Olympic Games. It has been announced recently that Putin has arranged for World Class Formula I Grand Prix Racing to begin in 2014, also.

10. This is the first time a Russian city has been selected to host the Winter Olympic Games. Renovations to the city railways and other transportation sites has been extensive, as have been housing accommodations.

Overcoming All Odds: Young Special Olympics Athlete with Rare Disease Takes Home The Gold

(BPT) – At this year’s Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall.


This summer, as Steven was gearing up for a local Special Olympics softball competition, he experienced a seizure that caused him to fall onto a concrete sidewalk and fracture his jaw in two places. Doctors said he wouldn’t be able to play sports for the next eight weeks while he recovered – a devastating blow for Steven, who had been training for months.

The seizure was a result of Steven having tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, a rare genetic condition that affects between 25,000 and 40,000 people in the US. Steven was diagnosed with TSC at three months old after his parents, Mandy and Scott Striegel, took him to a neurologist when he started having seizures called infantile spasms.

“When Steven was first diagnosed we were relieved to finally have an answer about what was causing the infantile spasms. But at the same time, it was scary because no one had ever heard of TSC,” said Mandy.

TSC can affect multiple parts of the body, including the brain, kidney, skin, heart and lungs. TSC affects people to varying degrees, from very mild, where patients have only a few symptoms and live normal lives, to severe. However, the disease is unpredictable, and manifestations can occur throughout a patient’s lifespan, so regular monitoring by a multidisciplinary healthcare team is important for every person affected by the disease. Steven has kidney and brain tumors as well as lesions on his face and is monitored by a team of physicians specializing in TSC to ensure his tumors are not growing and becoming dangerous to his health. In addition, he often experiences seizures like the one in late July that can affect his ability to perform everyday activities, but his parents say the Special Olympics helps their son cope with his condition.

“It’s important for Steven to compete for many reasons – it keeps him active, gives him a tangible goal and reinforces the importance of sportsmanship and being a team player,” Scott said. “Steven’s positive spirit and determination to continue competing despite a severe injury is a true inspiration to his family and friends.”

Now the Striegels are helping to raise awareness of TSC by teaming up with Novartis, in partnership with the TS Alliance and the Special Olympics, by sharing Steven’s inspiring story. Visit tscathletes.tumblr.com to learn more about TSC and Steven’s journey.

Winter Sports Guide: Start Snowboarding in Four Basic Steps

If you are planning to start snowboarding from this winter season, then there is a lot you need to catch up with. While it takes a lot of time to get expertise and perfection in the game, you can give it a try easily. Before you step in the snow, there are a few things that you should know and follow. This article can serve as your step-by-step guide to prepare for snowboarding like the professionals.


English: freestyle snowboarding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The rising trend of snowboarding has made it a sport widely enjoyed by people all around the UK and other parts of the globe. Not only young boys and girls, but even middle aged people are now getting attracted towards the thrill and excitement that the game has to offer. There are a number of competitions and events being organized worldwide to celebrate the joy of winter with snowboarding. Many people can be seen sliding down the snowy hills with snowboards UK and worldwide.

If you are planning to start snowboarding from this winter season, then there is a lot you need to catch up with. While it takes a lot of time to get expertise and perfection in the game, you can give it a try easily. Before you step in the snow, there are a few things that you should know and follow. Here is your step by step guide to prepare for snowboarding like the professionals.

1. Get a snowboard that matches your skills – It is like stating the obvious, but the first thing to get the right snowboard. There are a number of companies offering expertly designed snowboards. You must know about all the snowboard brands and the variety of products they offer. For assistance, you can ask an expert friend or visit a website dedicated to snowboarding stuff and information.

 English: Snowboard sizing chart – snowboard length and width calculator and snowboarding guide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Choose the right outfit – Prefer wearing warm clothes as the cold and snow can freeze your hands and legs with boarding. Wear a lot of layers but do not over cover yourself. Go for exclusive snowboarding outfit as it is designed to keep you warm, and at the same time provides the freedom and comfort required for the game.

3. Read the experience of other snowboarders – Many snowboarding websites have special sections where snowboarders all around the world share their experiences about the sport and their recent or memorable adventures. By reading these articles and blogs, you will learn about what to expect while sliding down the snow covered hill. You can even find some special tips and tricks by following the regular updates on these portals.

4. Know where to go this season – During winters, many resorts and hotels turn into hot snowboarding destinations. You can plan a trip to one of these snowboarding spots and enjoy the sport with your friends, spouse or family. These hotels organize many events and competitions for expert and novice snowboarders and also have coaches and sessions to help you hone your skills.

Snowboarding Trail (Photo credits: www.campgroundsigns.com)

Additionally, you can get some extra accessories like heated gloves and camera goggles to add to your style and skills. So get the best snowboards UK and outfit, accessories etc. to start your exciting and thrilling journey as a snowboarder.

CFB 128: Official NCAA Power Rankings Week Two

Here it is… week two of the CFB 128 Power Rankings. In a week that saw the SEC look positively mortal… gone, apparently, are the days of 70 point feasts on subdivision creampuffs… and the Big ten stake an early claim to dominance, the college football world twisted us up just a bit. Also watch for the Official Nfl Power Rankings, coming Monday!

1
Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0)

Beat Hawaii 38-0

2
Baylor Bears (2-0)

Beat LaMar 66-31

3
Michigan State Spartans (2-0)

Beat Oregon 31-28

4
Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)

Beat Mid Tenn St 37-10

5
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0)

Beat Virginia 34-27

6
Florida State Seminoles (2-0)

Beat USF 34-14

7
Southern California Trojans (2-0)

Beat Idaho 59-9

8
TCU Horned Frogs (2-0)

Beat S.F. Austin 70-7

9
Texas A&M Aggies (2-0)

Beat Ball St 56-23

10
Ole Miss Rebels (2-0)

Beat Fresno State 73-21

11
Auburn Tigers (2-0)

And people were upset that I had Auburn out of the top 10.

Beat Jacksonville State 27-20

12
LSU Tigers (1-0)

Beat Mississippi State 21-19

13
Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)

Beat Tennessee 31-24

14
Oregon Ducks (1-1)

Lost to Michigan State 31-28

15
Clemson Tigers (2-0)

Beat Appalachian State 41-10

16
Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-1)

Lost LSU 21-19

17
West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0)

Beat Liberty 41-17

18
Georgia Bulldogs (2-0)

Beat Vanderbilt 31-14

19
South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1)

Lost to Kentucky 26-22

20
Wisconsin Badgers (1-1)

Beat Miami 58-0

21
Northwestern Wildcats (2-0)

Beat Eastern Illinois 41-0

22
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-0)

Beat Tulane 65-10

23
Utah Utes (2-0)

Beat Utah State 24-14

24
UCLA Bruins (2-0)

Beat UNLV 35-3

25
Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)

Lost to Oklahoma 31-24

26
Brigham Young Cougars (2-0)

Beat Boise State 35-24

27
Missouri Tigers (2-0)

Beat Arkansas State 27-20

28
Arizona Wildcats (2-0)

Beat Nevada 44-20

29
Temple Owls (2-0)

Beat Cincinnati 34-26

30
Kansas State Wildcats (2-0)

Beat UTSA 30-3

31
Houston Cougars (2-0)

Beat Louisville 34-31

32
Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1)

Beat Furman 42-3

33
North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-0)

Beat Eastern Kentucky35-0

34
Stanford Cardinal (1-1)

Beat UCF 31-7

35
Florida Gators (2-0)

Beat East Carolina 31-24

36
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-1)

Beat South Alabama 48-9

37
Duke Blue Devils (2-0)

Beat NC Central 55-0

38
Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)

Beat Iowa State 31-17

39
Illinois Fighting Illini (2-0)

Beat Western Illinois 44-0

40
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-1)

Lost to Washington State 37-34

41
Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-1)

Beat Colorado State 23-20

42
Michigan Wolverines (1-1)

Beat Oregon State 35-7

43
Arizona State Sun Devils (1-1)

Beat Cal-Poly 35-21

44
Toledo Rockets (1-0)

Beat Arkansas 16-12

45
California Golden Bears (2-0)

Beat SD State 35-7

46
Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-0)

Beat C. Arkansas 32-8

47
Kentucky Wildcats (1-0)

Beat South Carolina 26-22

48
Navy Midshipmen (1-0)

BYE

49
Louisville Cardinals (0-2)

Lost to Houston 34-31

50
Texas Longhorns (1-1)

Beat Rice 42-28

51

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-0)

Beat Louisiana Tech 41-38

52

Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (2-0)

Beat Florida Atlantic 44-20

53

Northern Illinois Huskies (2-0)

Beat Murray State 57-26

54

Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1)

Lost to Toledo 16-12

55

Penn State Nittany Lions (1-1)

Beat Buffalo 27-14

56

Boise State Broncos (1-1)

Lost BYU 35-24

57

North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1)

Beat NC A & T 53-14

58

Cincinnati Bearcats (1-1)

Lost to Temple 34-26

59

Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0)

Beat Akron 24-7

60

Boston College Eagles (2-0)

Beat Howard 76-0

61

Air Force Falcons (2-0)

Beat San Jose State 37-16

62

Memphis Tigers (2-0)

Beat Kansas 55-23

63

Ohio Bobcats (2-0)

Beat Marshall 21-10

64

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (1-1)

Lost to Western Kentucky 41-38

65

Marshall Thundering Herd (1-1)

Lost to Ohio 21-10

66

Bowling Green Falcons (1-1)

Beat Maryland 48-27

67

Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-0)

Lost to Clemson 41-10

68

Georgia Southern Eagles (1-1)

Beat W Michigan 43-17

69

Maryland Terrapins (1-1)

Lost to Bowling Green 48-27

70

Iowa State Cyclones (1-1)

Lost to Iowa 31-17

71

La.-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (1-1)

Beat Northwestern State 44-17

72

Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0)

Beat UTEP 69-20

73

Arkansas State Red Wolves (0-2)

Lost to Missouri 27-20

74

Washington Huskies (1-1)

Beat Sacremento State 49-0

75

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-1)

Lost to Ohio State 38-0

76

San Diego State Aztecs (1-1)

Lost to Cal 35-7

77

Indiana Hoosiers (2-0)

Beat FIU 36-22

78

Virginia Cavaliers (0-2)

Lost to Notre Dame 34-27

79

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-1)

Lost to Alabama 37-10

80

Colorado State Rams (1-1)

Lost to Minnesota 23-20

81

East Carolina Pirates (1-1)

Lost to Florida 31-24

82

Rice Owls (1-0)

Lost to Texas 42-28

83

Utah State Aggies (1-1)

Lost to Utah 24-14

84

Old Dominion Monarchs (2-0)

Beat Norfolk State 24-10

85

Purdue Boilermakers (1-1)

Beat Indiana State 38-14

86

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-1)

Lost to Syracuse 30-17

87

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-0)

Beat New Mexico 40-21

88

Southern Methodist Mustangs (1-1)

Beat North Texas 31-13

89

Vanderbilt Commodores (0-2)

Lost to Georgia 31-14

90

Akron Zips (0-2)

Lost to Pitt 24-7

91

UCF Knights (0-2)

Lost to Stanford 31-7

92

Ball State Cardinals (1-1)

Lost to Texas A&M 56-23

93

Syracuse Orange (2-0)

Beat Wake Forest 30-17

94

Charlotte 49ers (2-0)

Beat Presbytirian 34-10

95

Texas State Bobcats (0-1)

Beat Prairie View A&M 63-24

96

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles(1-1)

Beat Austin Peay 52-6

97

Central Michigan Chippewas (1-1)

Beat Monmouth 31-10

98

Western Michigan Broncos (0-2)

Lost to Georgia Southern 43-17

99

Florida International Golden Panthers(1-1)

Lost to Indiana 36-22

100

Oregon State Beavers (1-1)

Lost to Michigan 35-7

101

Fresno State Bulldogs (1-1)

Lost to Ole Miss 73-21

102

Nevada Wolf Pack (1-0)

Lost to Arizona 44-20

103

Colorado Buffaloes (1-1)

Beat UMass 48-14

104

Buffalo Bulls (1-1)

Lost to Penn State 27-14

105

Massachusetts Minutemen (0-1)

Lost to Colorado 48-14

106

New Mexico Lobos (1-1)

Lost to Tulsa 41-20

107

South Florida Bulls (1-1)

Lost to Florida State 34-14

108

Troy Trojans (1-1)

Beat Charleston Southern 44-16

109
Tulane Green Wave (0-1)

Lost to Georgia Tech 65-10

110
San Jose State Spartans (1-1)

Lost to Air force 37-16

111
Texas-El Paso Miners (0-2)

Lost to Texas Tech 69-20

112
North Texas Mean Green (0-1)

Lost to SMU 31-13

113
Florida Atlantic Owls (0-2)

Lost to Miami 44-20

114
UNLV Rebels (0-2)

Lost to UCLA 37-3

115
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (0-2)

Lost to Kansas State 30-3

116
Connecticut Huskies (2-0)

Beat Army 22-17

117
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (1-1)

Beat Nicholls State 47-0

118
South Alabama Jaguars (1-0)

Lost to Nebraska 48-9

119
Washington State Cougars (1-1)

Beat Rutgers 37-34

120
Georgia State Panthers (1-1)

Beat New Mexico State 34-32

121
Kent State Golden Flashes (1-1)

Beat Deleware State 45-13

122
Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-1)

Beat Wyoming 48-29

123
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (1-1)

Lost to Wisconsin 58-0

124
New Mexico State Aggies (0-2)

Lost to Georgia State 34-32

125
Wyoming Cowboys (0-2)

Lost to Eastern Michigan 48-29

126
Army Black Knights (0-2)

Lost to Connecticut 22-17

127
Idaho Vandals (0-2)

Lost to USC 59-9

128
Kansas Jayhawks (0-2)

Lost to Memphis 55-23

The Ebor Handicap

A comprehensive overview of the Ebor Handicap horse race, one of the feature races of the three-day long Ebor Festival which takes place annually at York Racecourse in August.


THE EBOR HANDICAP, sponsored by Totesport, is a Flat handicap for three-year-olds and upwards run over one mile and six furlongs at York racecourse in August. It is the centrepiece of the three-day Ebor festival.

Ebor Handicap History

 The Ebor Handicap, which derives its name from Eboracum, the Roman name for York, was first run in 1843 and was the brainchild of former clerk of the course John Orton. The race was initially run over a trip of two miles but was reduced by two furlongs after redevelopments by Orton to improve viewing. The race is the most valuable Flat handicap run in Europe.

York Racecourse – Home of the Ebor Handicap

York is the most popular racecourse in North England and only hosts Flat racing, on a horseshoe-shaped course called the Knavesmire. The largest meeting is the 3 day Ebor festival in August, featuring the Ebor handicap and major Group 1 races such as the Juddmonte International Stakes and the Nunthorpe Stakes.

Horse racing in York dates back to Roman times and records indicate that the origins of modern racing were in 1530, when the city authorities gave support to horse racing. In 1607 racing took place on the frozen River Ouse and the first extensive records of a race meeting are from 1709, held at Clifton Ings. In 1731 racing was moved to the Knavesmire, a mile South of the city centre, where today’s course is still located.

Ebor Handicap Betting

Whilst the race may not have gained much attention as a betting event by itself the fact that it is run as part of the three-day Ebor Festival has changed this significantly. The heavy betting on the big Group races run during the festival spills over into the other races of the festival and horse racing betting odds and specials are naturaly offered by the sponsor Totesport but also by all other major UK bookmakers and by selected international sportsbooks.

Ebor Handicap Facts

  • The longest-priced winner of the race was 100-1 shot Mudawin, who scored in 2006 for trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, jockey John Egan and owners the Franconson Partners.
  • Flint Jack, who won the Ebor in 1922 and 1923, is the only horse to have been successful in the race more than once.
  • The Ebor was run at Pontefract racecourse in 1943 and 1944 after it had been cancelled from 1940 to 1942 following the outbreak of the Second World War. The race was suspended during the First World War.
  • The Newburgh Handicap at Newbury replaced the Ebor in 2008 after York racecourse was flooded. The race was won by subsequent Group 1 scorer All The Good.

2010 Ebor Handicap Video

20 Most Outstanding Performances of Modern Olympics Athletes

Remarkable performance of athletes in different Olympiads.


Olympic Games is a quadrennial sports events that originated in Greece. Modern Olympic Games which started in 1896 in Athens, Greece is subdivided into summer and winter sporting events which are held every four years. Until 1992, they were both held in the same year. Since then, they have been separated by a two year gap.
Each Olympiad is highlighted by the outstanding performance of an athlete in a certain event. Here’s a list of outstanding athletes from each Olympic Games from 1896 to 2004.

Michael Phelps


In the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece, swimmer Michael Phelps of the United States won 8 Olympic medals: a gold medal each in -100 meter butterfly, 200 meter butterfly, 200 meter individual medley, 400 meter individual medley, 4×200 meter freestyle relay, and 4×100 meter medley relay; and 2 bronze medals; one each in 200 meter freestyle and 4×100 meter freestyle relay.

Ian Thorpe


Nicknamed the “”Thorpedo” Ian Thorpe won 3 gold medals in swimming during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He won 5 gold Olympic medals all in all (3 in Sydney Olympics and 2 in Athens), the most won by an Australian.
Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken won 4 gold medals in swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics making her the first American woman to win 4 gold medals in one Olympic game.

Matt Biondi


At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Biondi became only the second swimmer (after American Mark Spitz at the 1972 games in Munich, West Germany) to earn seven medals in one Olympiad. He won five gold medals, including victories in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races, in addition to one silver medal and one bronze medal.

Carl Lewis


Carl Lewis won 5 Olympic medals in the LA Olympiad of 1984; 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the track and field event. He won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were gold, in a career that spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.

Eric Heiden


Eric Heiden of the United States of America won gold medals in all 5 men’s speed skating events, setting records in each in the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, New York, USA.

Nadia Comaneci


Nadia Elena Comaneci is a Romanian gymnast who was winner of five Olympic gold medals during the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world and, along with Olga Korbut, is credited with popularizing the sport around the world.

Mark Spitz


Mark Spitz, American swimmer was winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. At the 1972 games he won gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle races and the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly races, setting a world record in each race. He was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter freestyle, 4×200-meter freestyle, and 4×100-meter medley relay teams, each of which set a world record.
Bob Beamon

The outstanding event in the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games was African American Bob Beamon’s long jump of 29 ft, 2 ½ in (8.9 m), setting a world record that stood until 1991.

Wilma Rudolph


Wilma Rudolph became the first US woman to win 3 gold medals in track and fields. The powerful sprinter emerged from the 1960 Rome Olympics as “The Tennessee Tornado,” the fastest woman on earth

Larissa Latynina


Larissa Semyonovna Latynina was a Soviet gymnast who won 4 gold medals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympiad. She was the first female athlete to won nine Olympic gold medals. She still holds the record for being awarded the most Olympic medals at 18 (nine gold medals, five silver and four bronze).

Emil Zapotek


The most remarkable performance during the 1952 Helsinki Olympics was that of Emil Zapotec of Czechoslovakia who won 5,000 meter run, 10,000 meter run and marathon all in record times. He is regarded as one of the greatest runners of the 20th Century.

Fanny Blankers-Koen


The most outstanding athlete in the 1948 London Olympics was Fanny Bankers-Koen of the Netherlands, who won 4 gold medals in track and fields events. She accomplished this as a mother of two, during a time when many disregarded women’s athletics. Her background and performances earned her the nickname “the Flying Housewife.”
Jesse Owens

He won 4 gold medals and was the hero of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4×100 meter relay team.

Mildred Didrikson


The outstanding performer of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics was the US athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson; she won 2 gold medals and a silver medal in track and field competition. She was named by the Guinness Book of Records, along with Lottie Dod, as the most versatile female athlete of all time. She achieved outstanding success in golf, basketball and track and field.

Sonja Henie


In the Winter Olympics of 1928, Sonja Henie of Norway won the first of her 3 successive championships in Olympic figure skating. Henie won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater. She later entered show business, and at the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid movie stars in Hollywood.

Paavo Nurmi and Johnny Weissmuller


Johnny Weissmuller

In the 1924 Paris Olympics, Paavo Nurmi of Finland, won 4 medals in the track and fields events and Johnny Weissmuller, a US swimmer won 3. Nurmi won a total of 12 medals in 3 successive Olympics (1920, 1924 and 1928), 9 gold medals and 3 silver medals. On the other hand, after the swimming career of Weissmuller, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in films, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character’s distinctive, ululating Tarzan yell is still often used in films.

Paavo Nurmi


The most impressive performance in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games was by Finland with victories by Paavo Nurmi and his team mates in the long-distance running races.

Jim Thorpe


Jim Thorpe was the Star of the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games. He won both the pentathlon and the decathlon. His medals were later taken from him, however, because he had previously participated in a semi-professional sport. The decision to disqualify him was reversed in 1992, nearly 30 years after his death. He is considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He also played American football and professional baseball and basketball.

Raymond Ewry


Raymond Ewry, an American athlete won 3 gold medals in the 1900 Paris Olympics, 3 gold medals in the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and 2 gold medals in the 1908 London Olympics in the track and field events. He had won a total of 8 medals, 3 in standing high jump, 3 in standing long jump, and 2 in standing triple jump.
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, China. Watch out who will emerge as the outstanding athlete on this Olympiad.