London 2012 Summer Olympics / August 2012

August 15, 2012

Local family experiences Olympic history in London

August 14, 2012

Giant Olympic rings dangle from the Tower Bridge as a double-decker bus crosses the span. Contributed By Sue Hamke

London extinguished the Olympic flame in a glitzy, star-studded ceremony Aug. 12, after 16 days defined by milestones reached, records shattered and, for a local family, a golden opportunity to experience the 2012 Summer Olympics up close.

Sue Hamke — joined by husband Kurt, daughter Jessica and son Tyler — left the Sammamish Plateau for London in early August.

The family attended the Winter Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010, but London offered the Hamkes a chance to experience the Summer Olympics in a familiar setting. The family lived just outside the city from 2004-06, as the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to London and preparations for the event started in earnest.

The games, clustered in futuristic venues constructed mostly in London’s East End, did not disappoint.

“The amazing thing about the Olympics is seeing athletes from all over the world and how the crowd cheers for them all,” Sue Hamke recalled Aug. 12.

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Epic torch relay, basketball game define London Olympics for local man

August 14, 2012

The action surrounding the 2012 Summer Olympics extended far beyond London.

Kyle Haddad-Fonda experienced the Olympic Torch Relay in Oxford and later headed south to experience the games. (Haddad-Fonda’s parents live in Issaquah.)

London Olympics organizers intended for the 70-day torch relay to crisscross the United Kingdom in the run-up to the July 27 Opening Ceremony.

In Oxford, Haddad-Fonda and a friend stood along St. Clement’s Street to see the torch speed past.

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Issaquah High grad Jennie Reed earns cycling silver medal in London

August 7, 2012

Jennie Reed

After a 10th-place finish in Athens and a seventh-place finish in Beijing (amid a swarm of controversy) Jennie Reed finally has her medal.

The 14-time USA Cycling National Champion and Issaquah High School grad earned a silver medal in the team pursuit event in London on Aug. 4.

Reed participated in the semifinal and preliminary heats of the event. In the finals, Great Britain broke the world record for the gold medal while Canada took the bronze.

Reed started her track cycling career at the Marymoor Velodrome in Redmond. She resides in Long Beach, Calif.

Skyline High School graduate, Olympic cyclist Tela Crane, races for gold

July 24, 2012

Tela Crane, a 2004 Skyline High School graduate now riding for the USA Cycling Team, sets the national record for the 200-meter event during time trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. By Sandra Wright Sutherland

Under the scorching June 22 Colorado sun, Tela Crane zoomed around the velodrome, reaching 45 mph on her bike. After finishing the flying 200-meter sprint, Crane had a smile on her face.

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Olympics-bound Egyptian fencer trains in Issaquah

July 24, 2012

Mannad Zeid, Egyptian Olympic fencer ranked 39th worldwide in the saber, lunges at Washington Fencing Academy expert saber coach Wang Yung July 18 in Issaquah to improve his technique with a few adjustments prior to the XXX Olympiad in London. By Greg Farrar

At just 22 years old, Egyptian fencer Mannad Zeid is just days away from competing on a stage reserved for only the world’s elite athletes.

On July 29, Zeid will grab his saber, put on his mask and prepare for one of the most intense moments of his fencing career when he participates in the men’s individual saber competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

Zeid is from Alexandria, Egypt, and has been fencing nearly all of his life. The road to London took a stop in Issaquah last week when he came to train with Wang Yung, an expert saber coach at the Washington Fencing Academy.

“I came here to train with him for a week because he has a lot of experience,” Zeid said. “He has already improved me within three days.”

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Wanted: Issaquah-area residents bound for London Olympics

July 24, 2012

London is prepared to welcome athletes, spectators and others from around the globe July 27, as the 2012 Summer Olympics open in the British capital.

The event is expected to host about 10,500 athletes competing in 302 events in 26 sports. Overall, 205 nations plan to send athletes to London. The games conclude Aug. 12.

Now, as the opening ceremony approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking local ties to the Olympics for upcoming coverage, especially Issaquah School District residents headed to London for the games.

Email your contact information to editor@isspress.com, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at www.twitter.com/issaquahpress, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/issaquahpress.

Wanted: Issaquah-area residents bound for London Olympics

July 19, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. July 19, 2012

London is prepared to welcome athletes, spectators and others from around the globe July 27, as the 2012 Summer Olympics open in the British capital.

Now, as the opening ceremony approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking local ties to the Olympics for upcoming coverage, especially Issaquah School District residents headed to London for the games.

Email your contact information to editor@isspress.com, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at www.twitter.com/issaquahpress, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/issaquahpress.

The event is expected to host about 10,500 athletes competing in 302 events in 26 sports. Overall, 205 nations plan to send athletes to London. The games conclude Aug. 12.

Spartans to represent Northwest at Olympic swimming trials

June 26, 2012

Andie Taylor

For a school that opened a mere 15 years ago, the fact that Skyline High School has produced two potential Olympic athletes is nothing short of phenomenal. In fact, Katie Kinnear and Andie Taylor’s former coach was at a loss words.

“It’s just kind of unbelievable,” Skyline girls swimming coach   Susan Simpkins said. “The Olympics are the pinnacle of swimming. When you swim, you want to swim at the Olympics.”

Taylor graduated from Skyline in 2010 and just finished her sophomore year at Stanford University. At Skyline, she was a seven-time individual state champion and led Skyline to the state title her senior year. The success continued at Stanford, where she earned All-American honors in both of her first two years.

Kinnear also was a seven-time individual state champion and she took Skyline to its second and third consecutive state championships. Kinnear just graduated and is planning to attend UCLA in the fall. Read more

Interest in Olympics is waning with students

May 8, 2012

Hall Monitor Eric Schroeder Issaquah High School

The 2012 Olympic Games are fast approaching and will certainly be a part of current events this summer.

But for all of its importance, there seems to be some apathy surrounding the games. While our student body has a great interest in athletics at Issaquah High School, it seems that students just do not pay a lot of attention to the Olympics.

Considering that the Olympics pit country against country and attract the most talented athletes from around the world, you would think that it would be a bigger event. While surveys revealed that over two-thirds of students said that they plan to watch the Olympics this summer, most students said that they only plan to passively watch them when they were bored or just flipping through channels.

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