Purdue alumnus David Boudia and incoming NLI signee Steele Johnson teamed up to earn USA Diving’s spot in synchronized 10-meter at this summer’s FINA Diving World Cup after winning the event Sunday at the Synchronized Diving Trials.
This three-time Olympic men’s gymnast once described himself as a cross between Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan.
Blaine Wilson had a one-of-a-kind personality and a performance record rivaled by few others in USA Gymnastics history. The pierced, tattooed and motorcycle-riding Ohioan preceded the Hamm twins, Jonathan Horton and Danell Leyva and John Orozco as the rock of U.S. men’s gymnastics.
He won five straight U.S. all-around titles from 1996 through 2000, a record he shares with George Wheeler. The 1936 Olympian Wheeler won his titles when the floor exercise was called “calisthenics” and ended his career to go into the Navy for World War II.
Back to Wilson. He competed in three Olympics, winning his sole medal in his final Games in 2004 as part of the U.S. team that bagged silver.
OlympicTalk recently caught up with Wilson to reflect on his career and discuss his current work.
Kent State senior Annie Rogers‘ first trip to New York was a memorable one, beginning with a Cadillac Escalade pickup from the airport and including two days with Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper.
Rogers, “just a normal Ohio girl,” won a social media contest for a date with the slopestyle skier Goepper last month. They met Saturday in New York and spent much of the weekend in Midtown.
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Remsen native Erin Hamlin was named as the best female Olympian on Wednesday as part of the Best of U.S. awards program that recognizes outstanding performances from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as determined by fan vote.
“I’m pretty much in awe,” said Hamlin, a luge athlete who trains and lives part-time in Lake Placid. “It’s so amazing to not only get a medal, but then be honored because of it, especially with the company I had in the female athlete category. And to have it be a fan vote for a sport like luge is amazing for our program. I can’t begin to say how excited I am. Such a crazy couple of months.”
The post-Olympic whirlwind tour for Lawrenceburg, Ind. native Nick Goepper continued Thursday as he visited the White House with the U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic teams.
Goepper won the bronze medal in slopestyle skiing in February at the 2014 Sochi Games. Goepper tweeted several photographs from his visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
In a tweet, Goepper said President Barack Obama “threw down a freestyle for all the Olympians today at the White House. Inspiring message!”