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Marial epitomizes the Olympic spirit

| Aug 2, 2012

Marial epitomizes the Olympic spirit

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There are more than 10,000 athletes listed as participants in the London Olympics. The sheer volume of athletes from some nations is staggering. There are 556 from the United Kingdom, 531 from the United States, 435 from Russia, 413 from Australia, 370 from China ...

Hirai's impact on swimmers profound

| Aug 1, 2012

Hirai's impact on swimmers profound

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Valentine’s Day is not associated with a passion for one’s job, but rather, you know, a different kind of affection. Nevertheless, a story published on Feb. 14 by the Asahi Shimbun highlighted Norimasa Hirai’s passion for his job and the guidance he has given ...

Fierce focus key to Kitajima's quest

| Jul 29, 2012

Fierce focus key to Kitajima's quest

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Four years after Kosuke Kitajima’s brilliant repeat double-gold performance in Beijing, he begins his quest for an unprecedented third consecutive 100 — and 200-meter breaststroke sweep. On Saturday, a few minutes after noon (London time), the Tokyo native was scheduled to swim in the ...

| Jul 27, 2012

London will launch dreams for millions

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You can’t put a price tag on dreams. And that alone has created worldwide fascination for the Olympics for decades now. Yes, of course, you can rattle off a hundred different examples of how the Olympics are about big business and outrageous amounts of ...

| Oct 8, 2010

Ichiro hampered by poor supporting cast

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It’s been suggested that Ichiro Suzuki cares about statistics — his stats — and really doesn’t care about winning. That’s news to me. Has there been a poll conducted to prove this is true? Is there clear evidence that a man who has had ...

| Mar 7, 2010

Olympic memories are priceless

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It was only fitting that hockey’s beloved icon lit the Olympic torch and Canada’s top current star scored the gold medal-clinching goal — in overtime, the proverbial icing on the cake — on the final day of the Vancouver Winter Games. Wayne Gretzky, known ...