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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.