Olympics

The Biggest Winner

Rulon Gardner. Me. March 2011. January 23, 2011 Weight: 247.3 pounds Overweight by 71.3 pounds What does inspiration mean in sports? Strip down the word. Remove its jewelry. I was there the night Derek Jeter hit the home run at Yankee Stadium while smoke rose from Ground Zero, and the crowd sang “New York, New Read the full article…


The 30-Foot Jump

Carl Lewis. August 2011. We just don’t jump like we used to … I’m talking about human beings here, not me personally, though it is also true that I do not jump like I once did. I jumped off the last two steps on my front porch the other day and my left knee has Read the full article…





Going Viral In Iceland

Team Handball. August 2012. LONDON — Here’s another wonderful part of covering the Olympics: Surprises. They are everywhere. Monday, I went to watch my favorite minor sport of the Olympics: Team handball. If you are an American watching team handball, you always end up thinking the same thing: “Wow, America should be the best in Read the full article…


I Really Didn’t Need That Stew

Rulon Gardner. From May 2008 For fun … here’s my greatest day in sportswriting: So, this was at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. I mentioned here earlier that the Olympics are like nothing else in sports journalism. You become entirely and inexplicably consumed by the Games, especially at the Summer Olympics where there are Read the full article…