Hungary's 200m breaststroke champion Daniel Gyurta has revealed he will have a copy of his gold medal made in memory of the former world champion Alexander Dale Oen.
Dale Oen, who was from Norway, died at the age of 26 earlier this year from a rare heart disease while at a training camp in Arizona.
The Norwegian had won the 100m breaststroke at the world championships less than a year earlier and was one of the favourites in the 100m and 200m events for the Olympics.
Gyurta told Hungarian reporters on Friday that he will send a copy of his gold medal to Dale Oen's relatives.
"We became very good friends this year," Gyurta said. "I'm sure that he would have won the 100 here in London. This is the least I can do to pay respect to my friend."
Bjorn Soleng, the General Secretary of the Norwegian Swimming Federation, said on behalf of the family that he is sure they will appreciate the gesture very much.
South African Cameron van der Burgh, who took out the 100m event, dedicated his swim to Dale Oen. Dale Oen became a hero in Norway after dedicating his world championship win to the 77 people killed in last year's massacre by Anders Breivik.
With an Olympic gold medal in hand, Gabby Douglas has inspired the world. She has won the gold medal in the women's all around gymnastics event, being the first woman to win the gold in both the team event and all-around.
Her amazing story is show in the video below. It talks about how her mother raised her and allowed her to live with another family to train for the Olympics. It's a really heartwarming story, especially now that she has won a gold medal! A wonderful quote from Gabby's mother was: "there is no greater joy, than for a parent to see their child reach their dream."
Peace & Love,
Your Good World News Team
Yahoo News reported this story today about Gabby's gold medal:
Gabby Douglas's gold medal smile belies her fierce, cold-blooded competitive desire
LONDON – From the top of the podium, with the final bars of the national anthem still echoing through the gymnastics hall, Gabby Douglas's smile seemed even brighter.
Even brighter than when she stuck each impossible landing here this week, even brighter than the gold medal hanging from her neck, even brighter than the future of both she and USA Gymnastics after this historic star turn.
It's the smile that will forever be one of the signature images of these Olympics, the smile that will sell a million boxes of cereal or sneakers, the smile that will beam off countless magazine covers to come.
And it is the smile that will haunt every other competitor she left in a heap behind her – the sweet, wonderful smile of one of the most cold-blooded sporting assassins you'll ever find.
Gabby Douglas won women's gymnastics all-around gold on Thursday by delivering another near-flawless four events, all while crushing the confidence and infuriating the will of the rest of the field, most notably the two determined Russians she shared the podium with, Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina.
The Russians were more decorated and more experienced and trained at a higher level for a longer period of their life.
They never really stood a chance.
Douglas – the first U.S. woman ever to win gold in both the team competition and all-around – took the lead from the start and never relinquished it, allowing Komova and Mustafina to make errors, whether small or great, they could never recover from. In the end, she merely waited out the final result, nursing a lead until Komova's final result on the floor exercise was shown on the scoreboard.
Komova needed a 15.360 to pass Douglas. She received only a 15.1, immediately bursting into tears in her coach's arms. Across the way, Douglas jumped in celebration as chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" rained down around her.
Later, Komova was so distraught she wouldn't even wear her silver medal in the media mixed zone, claiming it was "too heavy" as she wore a look of frustration. It was just on Tuesday that she cried hard after the United States, anchored by Douglas's four strong performances, defeated the Russians for team gold.
Here it was again, the Russians running up against an almost perfect gymnastics machine, equal parts talent, mental toughness, and sweet intimidation.
Douglas's four all-around scores ranged from 15.033 to 15.996, allowing her to play catch-me-if-you-can while rattling opponents who by now know she won't crack. She has scored 15.000 or better in 11 of 12 performances across three days here, which is unheard-of consistency.
She may not have the look of those steely old Eastern European gymnastic machines. She merely has the results. If anything, she is even more intimidating, this bouncing ball of energy that nails routine after routine and then simply smiles wide and walks off the mat like these Olympics are no big thing.
"She very much reminded me of one of the other great athletes of my coaching career," Bela Karolyi, the legendary coach, said after.
"Nadia," Karolyi said, smiling at the memory of Nadia Comaneci, who won all-around gold at the 1976 Games with a series of perfect 10s.
The first African American all-around champion reminds him of that lithe, 14-year-old Romanian?
"Same little skinny thing," Karoyli said. "Don't care about nothing. In that arena they were rooting for the Russians like crazy, but no one could touch [Nadia]. Gabby is the prototype, with no experience, with no hesitations, just going out there with no second thoughts and just performing."
Douglas always had talent but needed first to move from Virginia Beach to Iowa, at just 14, and receive better training to harness it. She fought through a million lonely nights, homesick mornings, and afternoon practice sessions that pushed her to places she never imagined possible.
And all of sudden this year, she became the world's greatest gymnast. First she surged past her teammate, Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world champion and pre-Olympic favorite. Then she arrived here just like little Nadia, without the weight of expectations, without the knowledge of fear, without the concern of failure.
Gabby Douglas doesn't hide from pressure. She covets it.
"The pressure [means] 'Game on,' " Douglas said on Thursday. "The pressure should make us do better and greater things. It helps me. It motivates me. It definitely pumps you up and you get so hyped up you want to stick every landing and get as many 10s as you can."
Pressure is what contributed to Mustafina falling off the beam while trying to land a full flip with a twist that Douglas, of course, would later nail with aplomb.
Pressure is what helped Douglas, with a lead going into the final floor routine, essentially with the all-around gold on the line as the relentless Komova loomed, to just grow excited by the opportunity.
"I just wanted to show off and perform," she said, like it was just another dance. "Treat it like trials."
Like meaningless trials?
"You have to learn how to perform and seize the moment."
After Douglas drilled a 15.033, Komova was left trying to attempt some near-impossible score to beat her. She couldn't.
The pressure is what drives the smile, and the smile is what drives everything – her incredible inner toughness, her soaring popularity, and her devastated string of opponents. She could still win two more golds here, in uneven bars and balanced beam. Bet against her at your own peril.
"Rock solid," Bela crowed. "Three nights in a row with no mistake whatsoever."
And so there on the top of that podium, the smile was bigger and brighter than ever. There was no more pressure. There was no more joy of competition. This was just the emotion of accomplishment, of a superstar peaking at the perfect moment, of a little girl who dreamed big, dared to follow, and now was standing on top of a most golden world.
In that moment, she could afford to briefly shut down the high wattage. For a quick second, just before she stepped down, she pulled her lips into a kiss and blew it toward her proud mother, Natalie Hawkins, the supportive force who let her go and grow, in the front row of section 112.
Then Gabby Douglas, somehow, managed to smile even brighter.
OK now this video is awesome. Imagine crowding in a little mall photo booth with your friends and family taking silly photos when your favorite athlete walks in to to take pictures with you!!
This is exactly what happened at a mall in London this past week. 60 fans in the Adidas photo booth were taking goofy photos when David Beckham made a surprise appearance and started taking pictures with them!
Haha you just have to smile when you see the look on their faces.
Check out this wonderful video:
Great times at the Olympic Games in London!!!
Peace & Love,
It's finally here - the largest sporting event in the world! Each qualifying nation shows off their finest competitors in a world event to bring happiness and pride to their respective countries. It is the highest honor for an athlete to represent their country in this event.
The Olympics is a wonderful time for nations to come together and show off their talent. The Summer Olympics dates back to 1896 where the first event was held in Athens, Greece. This year the games are being held in London, which is the first city to host the games three times.
For me personally, the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the Olympics is that theme song. I know that all of you know what I'm talking about :). That classic song with the horns by Leo Arnaud called Bugler's Dream:
The Summer Olympic Games also reminds me of the first "Dream Team" - The 1992 US men's Olympic basketball team which many consider the greatest team ever assembled.
Enjoy watching the games this year!
Peace & Love,
President Obama and The First Lady showed some affection for the crowd at the USA Olympic basketball game. They were caught on the "Kiss Cam". For those of you that are not familiar with the "Kiss Cam", when a camera shows a couple on the big screen, they are supposed to kiss. On first pass, the President simply gave her a hug to a disappointed crowed. On the second pass of the Kiss Cam, President Barack Obama gave Michelle a kiss on the lips and the forehead. Awwwwwwwwww. All politics aside, a little PDA (Public Display of Affection) never hurt anyone :)
Peace and Love,
A 70-year-old man has qualified for a place in the Japanese Olympics team ahead of the London 2012 Games this year.
Horse rider Hiroshi Hoketsu attained qualification after finishing in first place of the International Equestrian Federation's Asia-Oceania dressage rankings, AFP reported.
Hoketsu was the oldest Olympian at the last Games in Beijing and will be 71 by the time the London Games come around, increasing his record as the oldest Japanese Olympics competitor ever.
Speaking to the news agency, Azusa Kitano, a spokeswoman for the Japanese Equestrian Association (JEF), said: "We will make a formal decision on his selection as soon as possible. I understand he is willing to go."
Should the Japanese Equestrian Association choose him to represent his nation, it will be the third Olympics he has entered.
In the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Hoketsu came 40th in the showjumping event, while four years ago in Beijing he was part of the team that finished ninth. In the individual dressage competition he placed 35th.
The record-breaker was also taken to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics as a substitute, though he did not feature, while at the 1988 Seoul Games his horse had quarantine issues which forced him to retire.
Aged 67 years and four months when he starred in the Beijing Games, Hoketsu broke the previous Japanese record set by Kikuko Inoue, a grandmother who competed in the same event at the Olympics in Seoul. She was 63 years and nine months old.
The oldest Olympian in history was Swedish marksman Oscar Swahn, who won a silver shooting medal 88 years ago during the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp. He was 72 years and ten months old.
The dressage events will take place at the Greenwich Park venue between August 2nd and August 9th and 50 athletes from across the world will take part.