Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

An Epic Quest For Rowing Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics

This interview for Reader's Corner was originally broadcast in December of 2013:

In the summer of 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, the world was transfixed by the grandeur of the Olympic Games in Berlin, and by a determined group of young Americans who were giving their all to bring home the gold.

In front of high-ranking Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler, they overcame impossible odds to snatch victory from both the German and Italian crews in the Games’ signature rowing event.

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2013 Legislature
1:39 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Idaho Lawmakers Want To Honor Cyclist Kristin Armstrong

Kristin Armstrong and son talk with a fan
Credit Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Legislature wants to honor two-time Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong.  The Boise resident won gold in last year’s London Olympics and in 2008’s Beijing Olympics.

Representative Hy Kloc (D-Boise) introduced the measure today. “We’d like to commend her for her community work, her outstanding attitude, her focus, and her exemplary conduct.” 

Kloc said Armstrong climbed to the top of her profession even in the face of health problems. “In 2001, Kristen was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and that didn’t stop her.” 

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12:37 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Idaho Olympian's Bicycles Stolen

Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong tests out her new time trial bike ahead of the London games. This bike and another one were stolen recently.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

Boise resident and Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong has had two bicycles she rode in the London Olympics stolen. Armstrong received two empty boxes at her house Tuesday, according to a news release issued by her cycling team, Exergy TWENTY12.

The road and time trials bikes had been on display in Germany two weeks ago, and then were supposed to be shipped through Atlanta to Boise.

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12:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Hundreds Celebrate Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong

Olympic gold medal cyclist and Boise native Kristin Armstrong leads riders to a special celebration in downtown Boise Saturday.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong rode with hundreds of riders down Capitol Boulevard Saturday. The ride, which started at the Boise Depot,  was part of a special celebration to honor Armstrong for her second gold medal win in the individual time trial at the London Olympics. Saturday's celebration was also a birthday bash complete with cake for Armstrong's 39th birthday.

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3:22 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Mountain Biker With Idaho Ties Readies For Olympic Race

Georgia Gould learned to mountain bike in the Wood River Valley. She competes in her second Olympic mountain bike race Saturday.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

Another Olympian with ties to Idaho competes Saturday in London. Mountain biker Georgia Gould will combine speed with technique to navigate rocky descents and dirt trails. The course navigates trails on 555 acres outside London designed for the Olympics.  

Georgia Gould started to ride mountain bikes in the summer of 1999. She’d moved to Ketchum where her father lives.

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4:41 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Boise’s Nick Symmonds Takes Fifth Place In Olympic 800

Current and former students gather with staff, family and friends at Bishop Kelly High School to watch alum Nick Symmonds run in the Olympics.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Boise native Nick Symmonds took fifth place today in the men’s 800 meter run at the London Olympics. A group of hometown fans got together to cheer him on.

About 70 people watch Olympic coverage at Bishop Kelly High School. Staff, students, and alumni scan the screen for one of the school’s most notable grads. They cheer every time they get a glimpse of Nick Symmonds.

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10:27 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Boise’s Nick Symmonds To Try For Olympic Gold

Tom Shanahan coached Nick Symmonds in track at Bishop Kelly High School.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Just seven people and 800 meters separate Nick Symmonds from a gold medal. Symmonds runs this Thursday afternoon in London at 1:00 Mountain Time in the men’s 800 final. But his career began in Boise.

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London Olympics
10:39 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Storify: Idaho Cyclist's Gold Medal Ride

Updated Thursday:

Idaho cyclist Kristin Armstrong won a gold medal Wednesday in the individual time trial in London.  The 18-mile course is a race against the clock and this event is Armstrong’s specialty.  She says now she's retiring. "No more competitive cycling for me," she explained in a text message from London. "This has been a challenging yet rewarding experience." 

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5:35 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Idaho Researcher Helps Olympian Race with Prosthetic Legs

Doctor Craig McGowan and his team monitored Oscar Pistorius' energy consumption while he ran, determining he works just as hard as anyone else.
Craig McGowan University of Idaho

Oscar Pistorius looks like a normal guy, from the knees up. He looks fit, well-dressed, and capable. But without the lower half of his calves and shins, his ability to sprint in the 2012 Olympics were called into question. That is, until a University of Idaho professor helped prove Pistorius can compete beside anyone in the world.

Pistorius was born without fully-developed lower legs. He has used two prosthetic legs all his life. That won’t stop him from racing in the Men’s 400 Meter August 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

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11:09 am
Fri July 27, 2012

"Fosbury Flop" Seen In Olympics Invented In Northwest

A high-jumper demonstrates Dick Fosbury's eponymous technique, the 'Fosbury Flop.
Patricio lorente WIkimedia

A two-time Olympic champion from Beaverton, Oregon will be the flag bearer for Team USA during Friday's Opening Ceremony at the London Games. U.S. team captains chose fencer Mariel Zagunis for the honor.

Meanwhile, one of the fans cheering the athletes on will be another Northwesterner who revolutionized the high jump.

Today's technique for clearing the high jump bar is called the "Fosbury Flop." It's named for Dick Fosbury, who invented the unusual style in 1963 in southern Oregon.

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2:45 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Idaho Cyclist Ready For "Race Of Truth" In London

Boise native and Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong gets ready for a local time trial south of Boise.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

It’s 108 degrees on this strip of road in south of Boise. Cyclist Kristin Armstrong takes handfuls of ice and shoves them down her skin tight jersey. She laughs saying “I’m just trying to keep as cool as I can till the start.”  

She’s come out here nearly every Thursday night for the past eight years to compete in a local time trial outside of Boise. It’s nothing official. No medals get handed out but for this Olympian, “Ten Mile Creek Road” is a proving ground.

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12:36 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

NW Runner Wants To Leverage Olympic Platform To Help South Sudan

Lopez Lomong (second from right) racing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene in June.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Athletes going to the London Olympics commonly have stories of overcoming adversity. But few can top African-born distance runner Lopez Lomong. The one time "Lost Boy" of Sudan relocated to the Portland area last year. He runs for Team USA, but hopes to leverage Olympic success into greater aid and attention for his former homeland.

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3:55 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Olympic Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Headed To London

Kristin Armstrong won gold in the 2008 Olympics in China in the time trial. Now, she'll get a chance to go for another medal in London this summer.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

Olympic gold medalist and Boise native Kristin Armstrong will represent the U.S. at the summer Olympics in London. Team selections were announced Friday for cycling. Armstrong will compete in the road race and get a chance to defend her 2008 medal in the time trial.

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12:18 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Olympic Hopefuls Get Creative to Fund Dreams

Olympian Nick Symmonds sports the results of an eBay auction on his shoulder.
Hanson Dodge Creative

Some Olympic hopefuls are lucky. They have six-figure endorsement contracts and can concentrate solely on training for peak performance. More commonly, dreams of Olympic glory mean scrounging for dollars. One runner from Eugene even auctioned his left shoulder on eBay recently. 

Eugene-based runner Nick Symmonds began his outdoor campaign for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team this past weekend.

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