Monday, August 13, 2012
Easton — What Would Our “Games” Look Like?
Yes, London can put on an Olympics. Wow!! That was just great. Absolutely great. And how about the performances of the sons and daughters of America in these games? Standout. Inspiring. Awesome. Now, of course, every Olympic Games has an individual stamp on it of the city hosting the event. The opening and closing ceremonies, the competition venues, the signage, the medals themselves, all contain something of the history, culture, and identity of the host location. Okay, so I’m thinking here — let’s say that Easton hosted some sort of international athletic competition. I mean, really, we could do it. We could scare up the dough. Get the volunteers in place. Put the Easton Lions Club on this project. What would our Easton Sports …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The 2012 London Olympic Games — the Next Installment in Just About the Best Event on Earth
One of my favorite events in all the world is under way in London. Yes — the Summer Olympic Games. I am a big fan of the Winter Olympic Games as well — but having been a competitive runner and still a big track and field fan, I get more fired up about the summer games. (Here is a link to a column I wrote, "Easton's Olympic History is Impressive" , which ran in this space back on Nov. 5, 2010. You may be surprised just how big a role people from our town have played in the Olympics.) My affection goes far beyond the athletic competition of the Olympics — for it is the pageantry and international camaraderie, however flawed and imperfect, that does so much to make the Olympics magical. I was living in New York City in the summer of 1996, …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Meet the local athletes from Massachusetts who will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are today. They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle. They are the 529 athletes from 45 states, who will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They are competing in events as diverse as fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For everyone, from swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15, to 54-year-old equestrian jumper Karen O’Connor, these Games represent the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in to win the coveted medal. It's time to meet the Olympians from Patch towns in Massachusetts. Here are a few quick facts about your Olympians: Shalane Flanagan Gender : Female Competing in Track and Field …