Brenda Martinez sprints her way to victory in the women’s 800 meter run at the Mount SAC Relays in Walnut, CA 4/18/2015 (Photo by John McCoy Daily News) Abbey Weitzeil swims toward victory in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle during the Foothill League Swim Finals were held at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center in Santa Clarita, CA 5/2/2013(John McCoy/Staff Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Show Caption of Expand By Daily News | | PUBLISHED: July 30, 2016 at 10:58 pm | UPDATED: August 28, 2017 at 6:00 am Here is a quick look at the Los Angeles-area athletes who will be competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics from Aug. 5-21. To view an interactive map show where all the athletes are from, click here. BADMINTON Eva Lee Event: Women’s doubles Hometown: Diamond Bar College: UC Irvine Bio: A veteran of the 2008 Beijing Games, Lee is returning to the Olympics for her second go. She and her partner, Paula Lynn Obanana, won gold at the 2015 Pan … [Read more...] about Meet the Los Angeles-area athletes competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics
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Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Like Alyssa Ritchey always imagined as a gymnast growing up on a cattle farm in northwest Ohio, she hopes to be in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics. There is but one little twist. In her dreams now, she will not be there on the bars. She will be there bending them. Yes, Ritchey, signing in at 4-foot-11, 108 pounds, is one of Team USA’s tallest hopes in weightlifting. How cool is that? “I had the Olympic dream,” the 29-year-old Pettisville native said. “I just didn’t know it would come about in the sport I’d least think.” I met Ritchey the other day at her home on a quiet street in Perrysburg, where neighbors used to wonder why she and her boyfriend had the only cars parked outside in the snow. Inside their two-car garage is her makeshift gym. Six mornings a week, after brewing a pot of coffee, Ritchey heads to the open-air sanctum, flips on some Latin music, then spends the next … [Read more...] about How a northwest Ohio woman transformed from a gymnast into world-class weightlifter
Danny Lawhon [email protected] Published 1:52 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Spencer Johnson's life story is powered by perseverance. The 31-year-old Iowa native moved to three different schools in multiple states to pursue his goal of becoming a United States national team gymnast. He fought through ill-timed injury setbacks and two bouts with a serious muscle syndrome to eventually take part in the "American Ninja Warrior" finals for the first time last year. He's hoping a similar dedication to dreams will allow the Des Moines metro's newest multipurpose gym to let elite athletes young and old pursue theirs. "This world has a way of beating you down," said Johnson, the owner of Emerge Academy, a 25,000 square-foot gym that opened Friday in Grimes. "Whether it’s bosses, family or even friends, there's a lot of negativity out here. ... The impossible is just one more thing waiting to be accomplished." Johnson and his eight staff members … [Read more...] about Want to be the next ‘American Ninja Warrior’ or Olympic gymnast? This new family-friendly Iowa gym hopes to help.
Thelma Davies is an uncommon talent blessed with the strength to wield a gift her family believes was bestowed by the heavens. Recent turmoil, however, has also revealed an internal fortitude that could help the Girard College junior track phenom compete in the 2020 Olympics. FREE: For MORE videos, subscribe to Ace Carter Sports on YouTube “A few months ago, I had an allergic reaction to ibuprofen, and it kind of left me devastated,” said Davies, who set PIAA state records in the 100 and 200 meters as a freshman. She won the 100 in 11.58 seconds and the 200 in 23.85. In March, Davies was diagnosed with erythema multiforme, a hypersensitivity disorder affecting mostly children and young adults and characterized by patchy lesions primarily on the arms and legs, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The exact cause of erythema multiforme is unknown, but in some cases it is believed to be a reaction to medication. In front of onlookers last … [Read more...] about Olympic hopeful Thelma Davies is outrunning opponents, even a mysterious rash
Wearing a bulky black raincoat, winter hat and scuffed white sneakers, Amelia Hernandez stood at an imaginary starting line recently on the cracked asphalt walkway at Piotrowski Park in Chicago’s South Lawndale neighborhood on a recent spring morning, waiting for her coach’s cue. “Ready, set, go!” On command, Hernandez darted onto the path, swinging her arms and fixing her gaze on the finish line, determined to do her best. Hernandez, 61, who was born with intellectual disabilities, was part of the inaugural class of athletes who competed in the first-ever Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in 1968. She has continued with Special Olympics every year since then, training several times a week at Chicago Park District parks, just as she did recently, when she practiced a 200-meter walk on a simulated track. She returned to Soldier Field for the Special Olympics 50th anniversary Spring Games Opening Ceremonies on May 3, joining thousands of fellow athletes, … [Read more...] about Special Olympics celebrates 50-year anniversary