June 24, 2012 |
- For two days, the U.S. Olympic track and field trials has been an ironic dry run for the London Summer Games, where the weather could be iffy. Wet. Unseasonably cold. Intermittent flashes of brightness, both in the sky and on the track. And no one shone brighter during those two days than decathlete Ashton Eaton. The conditions were perfect Saturday when Eaton completed the most stunning performance in the 100 years since the decathlon made its Olympic debut at the Stockholm Summer Games and King Gustav V of Sweden said to winner Jim Thorpe, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.
March 21, 2006
Re "Taft High Wins State Academic Decathlon," March 20 What a thrill it was to see a photo of most of the winning academic decathlon winners. We need to be happy and proud that we live in a country that encourages students who are a rainbow of diversity to excel. Congratulations to all of the participants and their teachers. ROBBIN CLOSE Sherman Oaks
August 8, 2012 |
LONDON -- Ashton Eaton, who set a world record of 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic trials and established himself as a medal contender at the London Games, took the lead after the first three phases of the decathlon competition Wednesday morning at Olympic Stadium. Eaton, of Portland, Ore., posted the top 100-meter dash time, 10.35 seconds, and the top long jump mark of 26 feet, 4 1/4 inches. His shotput mark of 48-1 1/4 ranked 11th. Overall, he had 2,848 points. Olympic trials runner-up Trey Hardee of Birmingham, Ala., ranked second with 2,743 points.
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November 4, 2012 |
Milt Campbell, a versatile athlete who became the first African American to win a gold medal in the Olympic decathlon, besting then-world record holder Rafer Johnson at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games, has died. He was 78. Campbell, who went on to play professional football before spending the rest of his career as a motivational speaker, died Friday at his home in Gainesville, Ga., his family said. He had been battling cancer and diabetes. A three-sport standout in football, swimming and track at Plainfield High School in New Jersey, Campbell had already established himself as a world-class high hurdler when he arrived in Los Angeles for the 1952 U.S. Olympic track and field trials at the Coliseum.
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON - The YouTube footage is humorous, the inexperienced subject half-somersaulting, half-back-flipping over a relatively low bar into the pole-vault pit with accompanying laughter from onlookers five years ago. Little did the videographer know he was shooting a future Olympic champion. Ashton Eaton was a college freshman at the time, no clue his future held a trip to London, not to mention the gold medal he won Thursday in the decathlon on a warm, memorable night at Olympic Stadium.
August 6, 1988 |
Forty years ago today, a young man from a Central California farm town walked into a leftover World War II barracks 10 miles outside of London. It was after midnight. It was dark and quiet inside, and he was careful to close the door softly. He could hear his fellow American athletes snoring softly in their narrow beds. He undressed quietly and slipped into bed. He blinked a few times, stared at the ceiling, and tried to comprehend what he'd just done. But he couldn't. He was too exhausted.