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March 29, 2012
Welcome to Olympic Mettle, a new blog covering the 2012 Olympics games from The Baltmore Sun.  
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
When Maryland Transportation Authority police charged Olympian Michael Phelps with driving under the influence last week, they had two choices about what to do next: They could release him to a friend or family member, or take him to jail. In Phelps' case, they chose the first option. After the swimmer flunked roadside sobriety tests, according to court documents, officers took him back to a police station. After he took a Breathalyzer test that registered a 0.14 percent blood alcohol level, Phelps signed some paperwork and was released to a "responsible adult," police have said.
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SPORTS
Sports Digest | June 10, 2012
Kayaking Marylanders Parsons, Queen make Olympics Bethesda's Scott Parsons secured a third straight U.S. Olympic team berth in men's kayaking with a dominant victory Saturday at a world cup event in Cardiff, Wales, and Darnestown's Caroline Queen narrowly secured her first Olympic team slot in the women's event, edging longtime friend Ashley Nee , also of Darnestown. Wrapping up a three-step Olympic trials selection process, Parsons topped two other Americans in Wales with his 11th-place finish in 97.62 seconds.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
One of the two bores carrying northbound Interstate 95 traffic through the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore will be closed for several hours on Sunday morning for Special Olympics Maryland's sixth annual 5-kilometer run and walk fundraiser. More than 900 walkers and runners are expected to take part in the event in the right hand northbound tunnel bore, the proceeds of which support Special Olympics Maryland's work providing athletic training and events for children and adults in the state who have intellectual disabilities.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
It's an Olympics of sorts for financial analysts in training, and five business students from the University of Baltimore will compete. They are traveling to Denver for the regional round of a global challenge to create the best equity research report about a public company. On Wednesday, they'll face student teams from across North America and South America. The annual international contest, in its eighth year, is sponsored by the CFA Institute, an investment professionals trade group that offers the Chartered Financial Analysts designation.
BUSINESS
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | March 16, 2011
Tickets to the 2012 Olympics in London are now available, marking the first opportunity for fans of Michael Phelps and other athletic luminaries to secure their seat for next year's global competition. The Olympics begin in just about 500 days and tickets went on sale about mid-day Tuesday with organizers offering more than 6.6 million tickets - about 58,000 available initially in the U.S. - to some 650 competition sessions. This is just the first phase and people can apply for tickets through April 26. Tickets are not being sold first-come, first-serve, however.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
It was a swimmer's version of a busman's holiday: During some rare time off last week from her intense training at Baltimore's Meadowbrook pool, Allison Schmitt decided to visit ... the National Aquarium. “When I saw the dolphins,” Schmitt said with a laugh Thursday, “I wanted to jump in.” Such is the single-minded focus of swimmers such as Schmitt, a bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics, and among those competing here this week in the Indianapolis Grand Prix. It's among the final tune-ups before the qualifying trials in June for the London games in July.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
The official Olympics athlete shots are out and let's just say if they offered a medal in rolling out of bed, throwing on last night's clothes and showing up for a photo shoot, Michael Phelps would likely win. His Olympics 2012 photograph looks like a promo poster for "The Hangover. " His beard is straggly. He's not smiling. To call his hair messy would be a cop out -- bed head is more like it. In all, the mugshot looks more like something that would be taken after an arrest than before an Olympics.
SPORTS
February 11, 2010
Figure skating is electric Phil Hersh Chicago Tribune Short track speedskating is great if you like roller derby. Anyone can watch terrific hockey eight months a year. But what I like best at the Olympics is figure skating, and the most exciting moments often come during the six-minute warm-up before the last group of singles skaters does its long program. The tension is electric as each skater tests his or her big jumps, and the crowd is very aware when a man tries a quad, a woman tries either a triple axel or a nemesis jump.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
- The giggler who became the sweetheart of the 1988 Seoul Games, Janet Evans, found her situation this week pretty comical. She was trying, quite in vain as it turned out, to recapture Olympic glory at age 40. "There was a 16-year-old," the three-time gold medalist said of a swimmer two lanes over from her, "closer in age to Syd. " The mother of 5-year-old Sydney and 2-year-old Jake, Evans is not the only swimmer watching time pass...
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
The chairman of the committee seeking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the Washington area said Thursday that he is intrigued by the possibility that an Olympic stadium could be built on the RFK Stadium site, perhaps becoming the future home of the NFL's Redskins. "When the ownership of the Washington NFL team talked about looking, that's probably one of the places they'd like to look, so that's something we'd like to understand better," said Russ Ramsey, who has been visiting other potential Olympic venues in Maryland and around the region.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is on the board and Gov. Martin O'Malley offered his preliminary backing, but Maryland's role in a bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the Washington region remained largely undefined. The nonprofit Washington 2024 unveiled a website and announced its board Thursday, but Plank was its only Baltimore-area member, and Maryland's participation is only nominally suggested in the newly released promotional material. Maryland appears to be a secondary partner in this effort, but likely would host multiple events if the bid is successful and be asked to make a significant financial contribution.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday put his support behind efforts to bring the 2024 Olympics to the greater Washington-D.C. area. The term-limited governor added his voice to that of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in backing the endeavor, which could cost billions if approved. Washington is competing with Boston, New York and San Francisco to convince officials with U.S. Olympic Committee that the city is the country's best shot at winning the games on an international stage.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | September 4, 2014
Michael Phelps , the most-decorated Olympian of all time, is among seven North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers named Wednesday to the 2014-15 USA Swimming national team roster. Phelps, who is returning from retirement, made the team in the (100-meter freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. He's joined by Chase Kalisz (200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM); Conor Dwyer (200 free, 200 IM); Matt McLean (200 free, 400 free); Allison Schmitt (200 free); Cierra Runge (400 free, 800 free)
SPORTS
By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Katie Hursey went to Syracuse to compete in track, but she was a triathlete by the time she left. The North Carroll alumna had known how to swim since she was young; all that remained was learning to race a bike. "From the start, the goal was to get her to qualify for the Olympics," said Chris Fox, Hursey's coach at Syracuse. During her senior year at Syracuse, USA Triathlon recruited Hursey to begin training for the Olympics, seeing how strong a runner she was. Hursey, who is from Hampstead but now moves often as part of her triathlon training, is continuing her journey to qualify for the Olympic team for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
SPORTS
Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - If this year's Phillips 66 National Championships hold any enduring place in Michael Phelps ' mind, he might remember them as a needed, albeit painful, slug of reality. Until the past week, Phelps had treated his four-month comeback as something of a lark, working out when he wished and recapturing his past brilliance in fleeting bursts. He'd said he was happy simply getting back in the pool. But in truth, Phelps' love of swimming and his fierce need for victory always have been inextricably linked.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | August 3, 2012
As the Olympics play out in London, there's at least one Baltimorean dreaming about Charm City hosting the world-class athletic event - with the successors to Baltimore's swimming stars Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt racing each other across the harbor. That's right - the trash-strewn waterway that's now so polluted by sewage leaks and storm runoff that the health department warns people against swimming or wading in it, and says even boaters should be sure to wash their hands to avoid becoming sick.
SPORTS
August 9, 2012
theScore's Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) recently spoke with WWE Hall of Famer and current WWE scout Gerald Brisco, who is currently in London scouting for WWE at the Olympic Games.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Though he has swum four meets since his return to competition, Michael Phelps will gain a truer gauge of his form this week at U.S. Nationals. The event, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday, will bring together the nation's best swimmers as they vie for spots in the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Analysts will have their eyes on Phelps, not only to see how he fares against world-class competition but to glean a hint of which events he hopes to swim at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | June 14, 2014
Boxing Nelson to fight Woods in WIBA bout June 28 at Du Burns Arena Undefeated multidivision world champion Tori "Sho Nuff" Nelson of Ashburn, Va., will defend her Women's International Boxing Association welterweight belt against Nicole Woods of Atlanta on June 28 in the main event of a Ponytail Promotions card at Du Burns Arena. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. Baltimore's Willie "For Real" Williams (13-7-2, four knockouts) will battle Frankie "Freight Train" Filippone 15-4-1, two KOs)
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