One of the highlights of the 2012 Summer Olympics is undoubtedly diving. There’s been some stiff competition this year, especially in the preliminary rounds, and all the athletes have been killing themselves trying to look as graceful as possible while tumbling through the air. How do we know? There’s something on each diver’s face that just reads, “This stunt is kind of difficult to do.”
US Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas won perhaps the most coveted title in her sport when she took the gold medal in the women’s all-around competition on Thursday in London, becoming the first African-American female gymnast to ever win individual Olympic gold.
Twenty men and women who call New Jersey home will represent the United States at the 30th Olympiad this summer in London, including four members of the women’s soccer team, a three-time Olympian in sport shooting and a wrestling standout who’s favored to win gold. Townsquare Media NJ’s Melissa Katz profiles each athlete.
Despite being eight months pregnant, Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi of Maylasia finished 34th among the competitors in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event at the Summer Olympics in London on Saturday. Taibi, 29, entered the London Games ranked 47th in the world in the 10-meter air rifle.
One grew up never watching television. Another ironically embraced swimming after a near-drowning accident as a young boy. Two were raised in households with a league of athletic siblings. Whether playing the guitar, skydiving, or spending time with their kids during their downtime, these Olympic athletes show that there’s more to life than competitive sports
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