19 Jun 2012

Daily Video: David Boudia | USA Diving

BSU at the Games daily video series featuring Team USA athletes.

David Boudia – USA Diving

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18 Jun 2012

Daily Video: Toby Stanley | USA Diving

BSU at the Games daily video series featuring Team USA athletes.

Toby Stanley – USA Diving

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17 Jun 2012

Daily Video: Rau’Shee Warren Promo

BSU at the Games daily video series featuring Team USA athletes.  Here’s a preview of our story coming in July on boxing’s Rau’Shee Warren.

Rau’Shee Warren – USA Boxing

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17 Jun 2012

Daily Video: Steele Johnson | USA Diving

BSU at the Games daily video series featuring Team USA athletes.

Steele Johnson – USA Diving

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15 Jun 2012

Daily Video: Josh Richmond | USA Shooting

BSU at the Games daily video series featuring Team USA athletes.

Josh Richmond – USA Shooting

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14 Jun 2012

Daily Video: Alex Meyer | USA Swimming

BSU at the Games daily video series featuring Team USA athletes.

Alex Meyer – USA Swimming

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10 Jun 2012

Get a behind-the-scenes look as U.S. gymnasts prep for the Visa Championships

By Emily Barker  |  BSU at the Games

Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look at the best U.S. gymnasts on the road to London at the Visa Championship podium training the day before the women’s competition began. Podium training is an official practice session before the start of a gymnastics competition during which gymnasts have a chance to do their routines on the competition equipment and in the competition arena.

The Visa Championship was the last stop for U.S. gymnasts before the Olympic trials began. After this two-day St. Louis competition—which ended June 10—approximately 15 men and 20 women were chosen to move on to the Olympic Trials. From there, only five men and five women will claim a spot on the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team for London 2012.

Information provided by Team USA.

Emily Barker is a sophomore telecommunications and journalism major at Ball State University covering sports for BSU at the Games. Follow Emily and the BSU team @EmPBarker@bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

 

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30 Apr 2012

USA Diving’s Thomas Finchum performs on many stages

By Josh Blessing | BSU at the Games

US Diving's Thomas Finchum

USA Diving's Thomas Finchum | Photo by: Tyler Varnau

VIDEO:  The Thomas Finchum Story

On any given afternoon, you can find Thomas Finchum standing 33 feet above a diving well. He has about two seconds to perform a perfect routine, recalling the hours of practice that have guided him to this point.

The scene happens over and over.  It has to for one of the world’s elite divers.

However, the Olympic diving stage isn’t the only stage for Finchum.  There’s another platform where he performs, but one not everyone sees—yet.

While many people spend their whole lives searching for something to strive above and beyond in, Finchum has managed to exceed in another area along with diving—his music.

“I was always singing in choir,” Finchum said while his band, Northern Nights, set up for a concert just over his shoulder. “It was always so different being in a choir. You never have the chance to stand out.

“You’re always in a big group so it was never intimidating or nerve-racking at all. Doing this, being out front and center—it’s totally different.”

The nonstop lifestyle of training for the London 2012 Olympic Games takes its toll not only physically but also mentally.

The demanding hours to be an elite athlete can be pressing, but Finchum’s dream of becoming a country music star keep him moving forward.

“He’s extremely dedicated,” said Chelsea Kogg, Finchum’s cousin and band manager.  “A lot of people get envious because he’s so good at a lot of things. People overlook everything he gives up to be good at two things in such a huge way.”

The fast-paced lifestyle the Olympian lives is evident in his musical journey too.

During summer 2011, Finchum and friends Brock Bell, Drew Beechler and Nathan Ayer formed Northern Nights. Less than six months later—Dec. 1, 2011—he celebrated his birthday by receiving a unique present.

The band’s debut single, “Baby I’m Gone,” was released on iTunes for the whole world to hear. Northern Nights officially began its music career.

“That was a pretty cool present,” Finchum said. “It was crazy. Our song was up on iTunes. The whole world could pretty much hear it.  It was that point where, well, I can’t really turn back now.”

Finchum knows there is no limit for what Northern Nights can become.  The single downloads and live performances added to his schedule weekly prove it.

“We want to do as much as we can in music,” Finchum said. “It’s a crazy industry. It’s a lot of rejection and a lot of hard times. I’m used to working hard—and I’m used to having big dreams.”

 

 

Josh Blessing is a junior telecommunications major at Ball State University covering sports for BSU at the Games. Follow Josh and the BSU team at @JoshJBlessing@bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

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30 Apr 2012

Olympian Jaycie Phelps hasn’t stopped with gold

By Emily Barker | BSU at the Games

Here’s a preview of our story, coming soon, on 1996 Olympic gold medalist Jaycie Phelps and how she continues to use her Olympic experience to drive her new goals.

 

 

Emily Barker is a sophomore telecommunications and journalism major at Ball State University covering sports for BSU at the Games. Follow Emily and the BSU team @EmPBarker, @bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

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25 Apr 2012

Audio slideshow: from Olympian to mayor

By Sara Schaefer BSU at the Games

Former Olympic ice skater Wayne Seybold is continuing his success in life as the mayor of Marion, Ind., though when asked about his biggest achievement, he says it was marrying his wife and having children. He is teaching his children something he learned as an Olympian: to be the best at whatever they want to do by having the right attitude and level of commitment.

 

 

Sara Schaefer is a sophomore telecommunications and journalism news major at Ball State University covering features for BSU at the Games. Follow Sara and the BSU team at @Sara__Schaefer, @bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

View the full story, From Olympian to Mayor: Always in the Spotlight.

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