Tag Results for 2008 Summer Olympics (11)

  1. Oscar Pistorius Sweeps Sprint Events at Paralympics

    He was once barred from competing in the recent Summer Olympics because international athletics officials deemed his high-tech prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage against able-bodied runners. Oscar Pistorius took the gold today in the 400 meters at the Paralympics in the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, wrapping up a triple event sweep of the short distances in the worldwide track meet for persons with disabilities. According to an account from the Associated Press, Pistorius finished first in the 400 with a time of 47.49 seconds, a world record for his disability class. The win matched …

    • |
    • 0
  2. Engineering a Better Olympic Athlete

    During the broadcast of the Closing Ceremony last night by NBC, commentator Joshua Cooper Ramos took note of the progress the Chinese athletes have made in recent years and referred to China's nationalized sports program as "an engineering project." Fellow commentator Bob Costas was quick to agree, pointing to the country's focus on developing elite athletes from early childhood while paying scant attention to the physical fitness of those of its children who do not show precocious potential as future Olympians. Not surprisingly, China won the most gold medals (51) of the Games in Beijing. As with many things developed …

    • |
    • 0
  3. The Javelin Throw Goes 21st Century

    One of the oldest Olympic contests has gotten a major technical upgrade, after thousands of years. The javelin throw is one of the most iconic events to take place during the Games. It has been vied for since 1906 in the modern era and for a millennium in the ancient Olympics. Part of track and field, competition in the venerable spear toss gets underway in Beijing today, and the athletes will have new javelins in hand that should increase the distance of their throws. History tells us the ancient Greeks competed in flinging the javelin as far …

    • |
    • 0
  4. U.S. Uniforms Offer Latest in Material Tech for Athletes

    The Speedo LZR Racer line of swimsuits (which we chronicled a while back here) is far from alone in changing the look and feel of sportswear for American athletes at the Olympics. With basketball and track and field heating up in Beijing, attention is focusing on the enhancements offered by the uniforms being worn by the U.S. teams in those sports. The U.S. men's basketball team is, without doubt, the highest profile squad of athletes at the Games. Dubbed the "Redeem Team," for its goal of redeeming the disappointing Bronze Medal performance in 2004 …

    • |
    • 0
  5. Magazine: Stop Gushing Over the Olympic World Records

    The folks at Slate magazine, usually cynics on their best days, want the rest of us to put an end to the unbridled amazement at all the world records being set in the first week of the Olympic Games in Beijing. It seems their principal beef is with the all-time marks being set in the swimming events, in which stars like Michael Phelps of the United States keep shattering records. They may be buzz-killers, but they do have a few good points to make. Maybe we're not being jaded enough about how much today's athletes are extending their performances with …

    • |
    • 0
  6. Michael Phelps Rules the Waves at the Olympics

    U.S. swimming champion Michael Phelps has made history in Beijing by becoming the first 11-time gold medalist in the Olympics. He is now the unquestioned greatest short-distance swimmer ever. But could there be more to his story than meets the eye? Yesterday, Phelps won the 200-meter individual butterfly and followed that up an hour later with a winning effort in the 800-meter freestyle relay. Both races resulted in world records. He posted a mark of 1 minute 52.03 seconds in the four-lap butterfly event, shattering his own record of 1:52.09 from the 2007 world championships. In the freestyle relay he …

    • |
    • 0
  7. Dara Torres Goes a Long Way for a Short Race

    After four years, it's on again. The Summer Olympic Games are back. The spectacular Opening Ceremony in Beijing is over (see video below), and the competition begins tomorrow. The next three weeks will see over 300 events contested. So now it's time to focus on athletic excellence. As we alluded to a couple of days ago (see Olympic Tech in China), there will be instances where technology will come to the aid of the athletes in small ways that could mean the difference between victory and …

    • |
    • 0
  8. Off at the Crack of the Gun

    The countdown is down to one day to the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. There's news today, though, about a countdown of a different sort to be held at the Games, the one that goes "on your marks, get set, go." In track events, as everyone knows, "go" is replaced by the sound of the starter's pistol firing. Now comes a report that says that runners closer to the starter get a better chance of winning than competitors who are poised in lanes farther away. It's a small advantage, but in sprints the margin of victory …

    • |
    • 0
  9. Olympic Tech in China

    Let the Games begin! The torch has made it to Beijing, the world's elite athletes have assembled, and the opening ceremonies are now just two days away. Soon gold medals in some 300 events will be up for grabs. At the Summer Olympic Games, the challenge for the athletes will be to embody the creed "Swifter, Higher, Stronger" through their superb physical and mental abilities. Still, there are going to be a few cases where technology will offer a helping hand. We'll take a look at such cases in a special blog during the Games over the coming weeks. To …

    • |
    • 0
  10. Double Amputee Oscar Pistorius Can Try for Olympics

    The decision last week to allow the South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius to try out for the Olympics, widely reported around the world on May 16 and 17, ends a four-year dispute about whether his artificial legs might actually give him and others like him an unfair advantage. Ironically, advances in prosthetics engineering had been so impressive, a runner born without legs might do better using artificial legs than a full-bodied athlete. At that time, the Paris-based freelancer Marlowe Hood gave a probing account of the situation and the complex issues it raised in Spectrum Onlineâ''a discussion that's

    • |
    • 0