Tuesday, August 19, 2008


The United States stormed to victory in the women’s Olympic eight on Sunday, finally getting the better of the dominant Romanians in a thrilling final. The team included UVa’s Lindsay Shoop. Shoop (signalling touchdown), a Charlottesville native and two-time All-American in 2003 and 2004, rowed in the second seat in the crew.

The U.S. stormed into the final race with impressive heat wins and dominated the final race from start to finish. The Romanians won the event in Athens and in Sydney but the U.S. had entered the regatta as double world champions and looked strong throughout the earlier rounds.

The U.S. victory denied Romania’s Georgeta Andrunache her sixth Olympic gold medal and the title of the most prolific Olympic rower of all time.

Romania finished third in a photo finish behind the Netherlands, while the U.S. crew punched the air in delight.

While Florida State University still doesn’t have a quarterback who can throw the ball farther than 15 yards (accurately) and a Hall of Fame coach that doesn’t necessarily know where he is on any given day, they do boast Walter Dix (2nd r), the third fastest man in the world!

Dix was third in the 100m and has qualified for the finals in the 200m.

Former University of Miami swimmer Manon van Rooijen earned a gold medal while incoming freshman Kelci Bryant finished fourth in their respective events late Saturday/early Sunday during the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Van Rooijen was a member of the gold medal winning Women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay swimming team for the Netherlands this past weekend as her team posted a winning time of 3:33.76. It was just 0:00.14 seconds off their current world record-holding time of 3:33.62 set back in March.

Former Tar Heel Shalane Flanagan (l) won the bronze medal Friday in the Women's 10,000-meter run. Flanagan, turned in an American record effort of 30:22.22, to become only the second American woman to medal in the 10k event since it became part of the Olympics in 1988. In 1992 Lynn Jennings also won the bronze medal.

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, the two-time 10,000m world champion, won gold, in 29:54.56 an Olympic record. Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey took silver in 29:56.34. The two became only the second and third women to run the 10k in under 30 minutes

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