31 takeaways from the 31st Olympiad

By: Trey Walker


The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally in the books. Check out 31 significant numbers to commemorate the 31st Olympics….

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Goals in international play by American winger, Megan Rapinoe. However, Rapinoe did not score any goals in Rio as her team fell short of reaching the podium for the first time since Women’s Soccer became an Olympic sport.

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Amount of points the United States men’s basketball team beat Serbia by in the Gold Medal match. Duke’s very own Coach K led the US to their 3rd straight gold medal.

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International rugby events for Carlin Isles. Rio was his first representing the United States in the Olympics.

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Sports that Team USA competed in. Of the 28 sports, 121 medals came home.

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Gold medals earned by Team USA’s female athletes. If the women decided to form their own country they would have finished tied with Great Britain in gold medals.

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26-0. Score of the first victory for Team USA in Olympic Rugby; this year’s games was the first to feature Rugby since 1924.

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Male American Swimmers.

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Basketball players. Every single player plays professionally in either WNBA or NBA.

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Gold medals earned by Michael Phelps. Over his five visits to the Olympics, he has earned 28 medals total.

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22,000 Brazilian military members assigned to the Rio Games. The military made up a fraction of the 85,000 total security detail.

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April 21st, 2016. The day that the Olympic torch was lit for the Rio Games in the birthplace of the Olympics: Olympia, Greece.

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Olympics sponsored by Coca-Cola. (Since 1928)

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Total medals collected by host nation, Brazil.

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Gold medals up for grabs in gymnastics. The United States earned 4 of the 18 available. (22% gold medal winning percentage)

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Days of competition.

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Age of Kanak Jha, the youngest athlete to represent Team USA in Rio(table tennis).

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Age of female swimmer phenomenon, Katie Ledecky when she received her first Gold Medal.

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Athletes from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; more than any other college in the state of North Carolina.

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World Record breaking performances by US swimmer Katie Ledecky in her career(most recently: 800 Meter).

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$11.5-12 Billion. The estimated expenses for the Olympics.

11- Olympic Partners (IOC)

Worldwide Sponsors of the Games.

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10.4 K athletes participated from 206 different countries.

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Gold Medals by Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. After going 9/9 in all of his Olympic races, he is now considered the fastest man ever. He has never come in any places other than 1st.

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Golfers(including the world’s top 4) declined playing in Rio due to the Zika Virus concerns.

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Million tickets available for purchase of the different events.

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Olympics for American sharpshooter, Kim Rhode. She is the 1st member from Team USA to medal in 6 Olympics.

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Medals for 4’9″ gymnast, Simone Biles. Biles finished her successful trip to Rio tied for the most medals by a United States gymnast in 1 Olympics.

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Billion global viewers of the Rio Games.

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3,000 Brazilians forced to relocate their residence by the construction of the different venues for the Games.

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New Olympic Sports: Golf and Rugby.

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Place the United States finished in the medal count for the 6th straight Olympics, with 121.

 

 

 

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Team USA Ready To Roll

By: Trey Walker


Four years have slowly passed since London, and this Friday marks the beginning of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Team USA looks well represented across the board, but the basketball team in particular seems to be a clear favorite for the gold already. It is Coach K’s last giddy-up with the national team, and he plans to return home with another gold for the homeland. A handful of players declined to play for the stars and stripes this go round for many reasons(Zika Virus concerns, rest, and others), but here is the group of players that the US rounded up…


United States of America Olympic Team Roster

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Team USA in a press conference. PC: USA Today

(#15)- Forward, Carmelo Anthony

(#8)- Forward, Harrison Barnes

(#4)- Forward, Jimmy Butler

(#12)- Center, DeMarcus Cousins

(#9)- Guard, DeMar DeRozan

(#5)- Forward, Kevin Durant

(#13)- Guard, Paul George

(#14)- Forward, Draymond Green

(#10)- Guard, Kyrie Irving

(#6)- Center, DeAndre Jordan

(#7)- Guard, Kyle Lowry

(#11)- Guard, Klay Thompson

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Assistant Coaches: Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau, and Monty Williams


Draymond Green Gone Nuts…..(Literally)

There haven’t been that many off-of-the-court distractions leading up to the Olympics, except for the troubled Golden State Warrior, Draymond Green. On Monday, July 11th, Green was arrested on assault charges after beating a Michigan State football player in an East Lansing bar. A plea bargain was later met between Green and local law enforcement that would lower his charge to a noise infraction, and pay a $560 fee.

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Green has been struggling in the face of the media lately. PC:nypost.com

The fun didn’t stop there.

Green was caught accidentally posting explicit pictures of his groin area up for the public to see on his Snapchat this last week. Initially, he claimed to have been hacked, but later admitted to hitting the wrong button.

Otherwise, the national team has been taking care of business in their pre-olympic showcase series. During some moments, the Americans have been showboating a good amount. In the 107-57 victory over China, Coach K said after the game, “We had a little bit too much fun out there tonight. We have to tone that down a little bit.”

The United States went undefeated in exhibition play(5-0), and averaged a 43 point victory margin in those games. This team isn’t the Dream Team, but they are also not a squad of washed up scrubs. Coach K has more versatility in his lineup than most other countries do,(the USA is the only competing country that has all team members as active NBA players).

Teams that could possibly upset the Americans:

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France:

The French stand a remote chance, primarily because their starting 5 contains 3 NBA players: Rudy Gobert, Nic Batum, and Tony Parker. In addition, the French bench is relatively deep, highlighted by former Euroleague MVP, Nando De Colo, Spurs Forward, Boris Diaw, and Nuggets big man, Joffrey Auvergne.

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Furthermore, the reigning Eurobasket champions will put up a fight with their strong inside presence. Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic both have been great for the Spaniards in national play.

What it comes down to: Nobody is going to beat the United States. 

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Railhawks Draw Hammers in Sellout Crowd

By: Trey Walker


Wakemed Soccer Park:  Cary, NC                                   July 12, 2016

For the first time ever, a British Premier League team made a trip to the Triangle for a friendly. High hopes surrounded this match, as it was the first ever sellout in Railhawks history (10,125 people were in attendance).  Prior to the match, fans enjoyed food and festivities outside the stadium. The sun set behind the east stand and at 8, arguably Carolina’s most important match ever began.

Initially, the momentum of the game didn’t really favor either West Ham or Carolina, defensive stops resulted in counterattacks that sailed off target or were turned over.

Until the 13th minute.

Carolina had pushed the ball onto the Hammers side of the field, where a wingman crossed the rock over to forward Matt Fondy for a shot on goal.

In attempt to clear the ball out, West Ham defender, Winston Reid, slid near the goal and in front of Fondy, and took a bad touch. The ball slipped past the goalie for an own goal. Suddenly fireworks shot up, and the crowd went absolutely berserk, for their 5 to 1 underdog Railhawks had just taken a 1-0 lead over an elite Premier League team.

Fans really expressed their pride after the own goal. One man sitting close shouted, “Reid is our best player!”

Play shortly resumed, and it did not take long for the Hammers to earn back what they had lost. Ironically, Winston Reid(Guess he learned which goal to shoot on) scored the equalizer for West Ham in the 17th minute.

West Ham took advantage of the momentum swing, and in the 20th minute, notched one more goal before the half off of a nice shot from forward Andy Carroll.

Once the whistle blew for halftime, the PA announcer informed the fans to stay in their seats and await an “important announcement”. Then Railhawks owner, Steve Malik, and the play by play announcer approached midfield and stopped in front of a press conference back-drop.

The crowd fell silent awaiting the big news.

Steve Malik took the mic and happily informed the fans that the Railhawks had just signed Mexican International Team star, Omar Bravo, who he believed to be the biggest front office move in franchise history. Bravo emerged from the tunnel and received a warm welcome from his fans. He is the all-time leading scorer at his former club, Cd Chivas Guadalajara, and should be a great scorer for the Railhawks.

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Bravo being signed at Wakemed.

A slew of substitutions occurred before the teams continued to play in the second half. Both teams looked a little sluggish coming out of the break, and players started to get a little chippy with one another.

Rain started to fall in the early moments of the half, and in the 62nd minute, the referee decided to postpone the game after spotting lightning. Fans were forced to evacuate the stadium. Many fled to their cars and headed home.

In their last important homestand (against the New England Revolution of the MLS), the Railhawks fell victim of inclement weather(the game was called due to lightning) and they were not about to let that happen again.

After about a 45 minute delay, the match finally resumed. Despite taking a break, the fans didn’t fail to keep it rowdy.

As time waned, the Railhawks started to take chances, as it was becoming evident that a draw was a more plausible outcome than a victory.

In the 67th minute, Marvin Ceballos was rewarded a penalty kick after a West Ham defender committed a hand ball inside of the box, and easily scored the tying goal.

No team had complete control for the rest of the game, it was evenly matched. When the referee blew the final whistle, the soaked, exhausted, dirty players applauded their keeper and the crowd.

This game was a great step forward for soccer in the Triangle. Carolina proved that they can hang with high caliber competition, and the Triangle proved that they will show out for matches.

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Legendary Spurs Forward Retires

By: Matt Chilson, Wake Forest Contributor


Tim Duncan has more NBA Championships to his name than 26 of the 30 franchises in the NBA. The future Hall of Famer played 19 seasons in the NBA all with the same team, the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan has helped the Spurs make the postseason every single year he has been in the league. How about what happened before Duncan’s Hall of Fame career?

Duncan grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands and didn’t pick up basketball until his freshman year in high school. Before then, Duncan was a swimmer, a good one at that. He was the best swimmer in the whole country in the 400-meter freestyle for his age group. However, a hurricane destroyed his team’s pool and he gave up swimming and picked up basketball, which was probably the best decision of his life.

In high school, Duncan grew nine inches and ended up being heavily recruited by Wake Forest University. The Demon Deacon’s head coach at the time, David Odom, wanted another big to compliment the play of Randolph Childress and found just that in Duncan. The 17-year-old islander later committed to Wake.

During his freshman season, Duncan averaged under 10 points per game but was producing on the glass, as he collected over 10 rebounds per game. During ACC play the Deacs surprisingly beat both of their rivals: UNC and Duke. Wake was later eliminated by Kansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but that season was just the beginning of Tim’s amazing career.

The following season was one that Wake fans were excited about because Duncan had some experience and Childress was about to embark on his senior season. Throughout the season, Duncan became a household name and was competing with one of the best players in ACC history, Rasheed Wallace. This set up for some outstanding matchups between Wake and UNC in which the Deacs took down the Heels in a regular season meeting, 79-70 behind Duncan’s 25 points while he held Wallace to a mere 4. This result held up once again the ACC championship game where Wake beat UNC behind 20 boards from Duncan. The Deacs ended the season in the Sweet 16 where Duncan still snatched 22 rebounds.

Coming out his sophomore season Duncan was projected to go number one in the NBA draft but decided to finish all four years at Wake Forest and get his degree. This was an example of how great a person Duncan would show himself as.

The following year was daunting to many Wake fans because it seemed as if Duncan would be the whole team with Childress graduated. However, Tim showed an unusual confidence in his young teammates and kept giving them shots when they missed the majority of them. During the season, this pattern was continued except for one difference; the shots began to go in. The Deacs repeated as ACC champions against Georgia Tech in a game where Duncan scored 27 points and pulled down 22 rebounds.

During the NCAA tournament that year, Duncan ended up having the flu, but played through it all the way to the Elite 8 where Rick Pitino’s Kentucky squad eliminated the Deacs.

Once again in the off season, everyone wanted to know if Duncan would go pro or stay for his senior season. Without a doubt, he elected to stay at Wake, who were the favorites to win the big dance.

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Duncan was an ACC legend

The Deacs earned the highest ranking in school history at number two in the early part of the season. However, much to the disappointment of Wake fans the team failed to win a third straight ACC championship. In the NCAA tournament to favorites at the beginning of the season earned a three seed. The Deacs later ended the year in disappointment to the sixth seed in their region, Stanford. In his final season at Wake Timmy averaged 20.8 points per game and 14.7 rebounds per game making him the Player of the Year in college basketball. This also set him up to be the first overall pick in the NBA draft.

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5 rings

The Spurs had the third best odds to win the draft lottery but nonetheless beat the odds to have the first pick. David Robinson was already a part of the team but was hurt for the majority of the previous season. This worked out well for the franchise as the ended up drafting the best power forward to every play the game of basketball.

The rest is history.