Princeton at the Olympics: Daily Updates
The Olympics may be an international event, but most countries follow the competition through their hometown heroes. With the Games coming to a close, read the perspectives of several 'Prince' writers stationed all around the world.
“College achievements” — by Kevin Whitaker, Aug. 11
A look back on how Princeton's Olympic representatives fared in college competition. The 15 world-class athletes combined for six national titles, 21 All-America awards and 22 Ivy League championships.
“Matheson ’08 delivers bronze” — by Kevin Whitaker, Aug. 9
Diana Matheson '08 scored the first Olympic goal of her career two minutes into extra time, breaking a scoreless tie with France and giving Canada bronze (Princeton's seventh of the Games). Also inside: should Ivy athletes constantly be praised for their on-field "smarts"?
"An update from London (Heathrow)" — by Shayan Rakhit, Aug. 8
A reflection on the Olympics mania in London and a few changes the city has undergone since the last Olympics hosted by the British capital in 1948 — all through the lens of a three-hour connection at London Heathrow while flying home in the middle of the Games.
“Cabral closes magnificent season” — by Adam Fisch, Aug. 5
While "being a boss" on Sunday evening, Donn Cabral '12 led one-third of the way through the Olympic steeplechase final and eventually finished eighth among the world's best runners.
“Making history” — by Kevin Whitaker, Aug. 4
After Princetonians won three medals on Thursday, we gave you some history explaining why this was a historic Olympics for Tigers. Well, after Princeton athletes doubled their medal count on Saturday, things got even more serious. With medals from Glenn Ochal '08, Maya Lawrence '02 and Susie Scanlan '14, Princeton has six Olympic medalists for the first time ever.
“Cabral advances” — by Adam Fisch, Aug. 3
On Friday morning, Donn Cabral '12 continued what has been a magical year, finishing fourth in his heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase to qualify for Sunday's final.
“Medal madness” — by Kevin Whitaker, Aug. 2
Caroline Lind '06 and the US women's eight won their second straight gold medals on Thursday, while Andreanne Morin '06 and Lauren Wilkinson '11 won silver with Canada. 2012 marks the first time three different Princetonians have medaled since 1964.
“.2 seconds short” — by Kevin Whitaker, Aug. 1
Sara Hendershot '10 and Sarah Zelenka nearly nabbed a medal in the women's pair final on Wednesday, but their comeback attempt fell short by just .2 seconds. Inside, a picture of the photo finish and an update on two other Tigers.
“Upset redux” — by Kevin Whitaker, July 31
On Tuesday afternoon, the US women's field hockey team repeated history, with a 1-0 victory over reigning world champion Argentina. Earlier in the day, Diana Matheson '08 and the Canadian women's soccer team survived a scare and advanced to the quarterfinals.
"Princeton fencers Lawrence, Scanlan bow out" — by Eric Levenson, July 30
Princeton’s female fencers took center stage today, as they enjoyed their brief day in the tape-delayed highlights of NBC. Maya Lawrence ’02 won her first bout 15-11 — including a 5-1 run to close out the match — and advanced to the Round of 16, while Susie Scanlan ’14 fell 13-15 in the opening Round of 64. Lawrence was then eliminated in 15-7 by another Italian fencer, Rossella Fiamingo. Also included: a discussion of "How much cooler would fencing be if fake blood squirted out every time a hit landed?"
"Showdown on Smurf Turf" — by Shayan Rakhit, July 29
The United States women's field hockey team took the pitch for the first time, taking on third-ranked Germany to open group play. Despite a strong resurgence after a timid first half that saw the Germans go up 2-0, the Americans were unable to complete a comeback, falling 2-1 at London's Riverbank Arena. Two sisters, senior Katie Reinprecht and junior Julia Reinprecht, were integral components to the US effort. The United States has its work cut out for it in Group B, as the Americans will face several of the world's top squads, including Australia and New Zealand. But next up on Tuesday is Argentina, which the United States upset 4-2 in the final of the Pan-American Games last October to earn this trip to London.
"Tigers in London: Row, row, row your boats" — by Kevin Whitaker, July 28
Four rowers began competition today, and for two, the day was an unequivocal success. Sara Hendershot ’10 was the first, rowing in the women’s pair and comfortably qualifying for Wednesday’s final. Gevvie Stone ’07 also met her goal, taking third in her heat of the single sculls, while two other Tigers headed to repechages. In soccer action, Diana Matheson '08 notched an assist in Canada's first victory.
"Tigers in London: An Introduction" — by Kevin Whitaker, July 27
For the next two weeks, the ‘Prince’ sports department will take over The Prox, bringing you updates and insight on the 16 current and former Princeton athletes who will represent their countries in London. Follow Kevin’s advice on how you should prepare.
"A Princeton Viewer's Guide to the Olympics" — by Kevin Whitaker, July 25
A school-record 16 current and former Princeton athletes will take part in the 2012 London Olympics, representing three countries in five different sports. Over the coming weeks, these Tigers will compete against their peers on the world’s biggest stage. Don’t miss a single game or event with our handy viewer’s guide.
-Donn Cabral earns his Olympic bid
-Three epeeists qualify for London
-Caroline Lind ’06 looks for a second gold
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