London Olympics: Javelin Preview

London Olympics: Javelin Preview

By Jim Donahue     The biggest name among men’s field eventers is Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen, Olympic gold medalist in 2004 and 2008. However, Thorkildsen, who trains much of the year in California, has been fighting a right quadriceps injury and finished just fourth in the European Championships in June. In Beijing, Thorkildsen […]

London Olympics Men’s Indoor Volleyball Preview

London Olympics Men’s Indoor Volleyball Preview

By Jim Donahue     Originally called “mintonette” by its inventor, William G. Morgan, volleyball was designed in Holyoke, Mass., just before the turn of the 20th century by taking characteristics from tennis and handball. It was meant to be less exerting than another sport emerging from nearby Springfield – basketball – yet still requiring […]