Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The reigning Olympic floor routine champion and the current 76ers coach describe their paths to greatness.
Aly Raisman knew she wanted to be an Olympic athlete when she was a little girl, watching the 1996 American team’s performance over and over again as she set her sights on the 2012 London Games. Doug Collins, meanwhile, was an unheralded kid from Illinois State when he stepped on to the basketball courts in Munich in 1972 before embarking on a journey through the NBA as a player and a coach. And, as both athletes told some 700 people gathered at the Katz Jewish Community Center's annual sports awards night in Cherry Hill Tuesday, it was an unyielding desire to chase their dreams—plus a ton of work along the way—that got them to where they are. “If I only had one year…I would’ve signed up for it,” said Collins, who ended up being a four-…
Friday, August 10, 2012
Sicklerville's Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling Friday.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Emily Creran, a 2009 Haddonfield graduate, competed in three events at the 2012 Olympic team trials in Nebraska.
Haddonfield’s Emily Creran journey to make the U.S. Olympic swimming team ended Saturday when 0.66 seconds separated her from qualifying for the semi-finals in the 200-meter backstroke. Creran, a 2009 Haddonfield Memorial High School graduate and current Ohio State University student, clocked a 2:14.59 time in the race, netting her 18th place in the 186-swimmer field. The top 16 finishers moved on to the semi-finals Saturday. Earlier in the swim trials in Omaha, NE, Creran competed in the 200-meter individual medley, coming in 52nd place with a time of 2:18.97. She also swam the 100-meter backstroke, tying for 79th place at 1:03.97. Creran made a name for herself in both high school and college. At Haddonfield, she was state champion in …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Greta Feldman's time in the 1500 meters at the Olympic trials didn't qualify her to move on to the final race.
Two seconds go by in a literal flash, usually not long enough to change the course of anything. Unless you're trying to make the U.S. Olympic track team. Unfortunately for Haddonfield's Greta Feldman, two seconds kept her off of the team and away from the London 2012 games next month. Feldman, a Princeton University student, came in 18th in the women's 1500-meter semi-final race at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR, on Friday. The top 12 finishers will move on to the final race. Feldman clocked a time of 4:12:29, putting her 11th in her heat of 12 runners. The top finisher, Morgan Uceny, ran a 4:09:90, while the bottom qualifier ran a 4:10:73. Already an all-American, NCAA champion and Ivy League champion, Feldman qualified for the semi-…