Posts tagged "united states"

Daily Video: Sam Hazewinkel | USA Wrestling

BSU at the Games continues its daily video series introducing you to athletes from Team USA. Today, meet USA Wrestling’s Sam Hazewinkel prior to a recent practice in London for the Olympic Games. Hazewinkel competes Friday.

Sam Hazewinkel – USA Wrestling

Daily Video: Update from London

BSU at the Games provides this update on events to watch in the closing days of the Olympic Games. Featuring USA Track & Field’s Wallace Spearmon and USA Swimming’s Alex Meyer.

Update from London

Preview of wrestler Justin Lester

By Charlie Akers  |  BSU at the Games

Justin Lester has had success on the international level, but not for a few years. He has not won a medal in any competition since he got back-to-back bronzes in 2006 and 2007 at the World Championships.

At the Olympic Games, Lester has a strategy for the 66kg Greco-Roman weight class to try and get back on the podium. He is looking to push the pace of the matches so he can catch his opponents off guard and take advantage of any mistakes this may cause them to make.

“Once you get to the highest level of wrestling everyone is good, it’s the person that makes that one mistake and you capitalize on it. That’s what I try to do. That’s my usual game plan,” Lester said.

After winning the 2011 USA Greco-Roman wrestler of the year, Lester is not letting it go to his head. He appreciates that it shows all the work he did last year, but he has to put it in the past, he said

When preparing to take on his opponents, Lester is not taking it easy with his pre-match warm-up.

“About half an hour of cardio and drilling and then I always do two competition matches. I usually try to get that in 45 minutes before my matches,” Lester said.

After the hard workout, he said he needs to calm his mind and listens to soul music. He said he prefers John Legend and Robin Thick because if he listens to anything else it gets his mind racing too much.

Lester does not have an easy road ahead of him to the gold. Iranian Saeid Mourad Adbevali, 22, is someone that Lester has to defeat. Since 2009 the Iranian has won the 2009 Junior Nationals, 2010 Asian Games and last two World Championships in the 66kg weight class with taking.

Lester said he is prepared for anything that could happen and is proud to be representing Team USA at the Olympic Games.

Lester is competing on Tuesday. Qualifying starts at 1 p.m. with the bronze medal match at 12:45 p.m. ET, and the gold medal match an hour later.

Charlie Akers is a sophomore telecommunications and journalism major at Ball State University covering sports for BSU at the Games. Follow Charlie and the BSU team at @the8thKing,@bsuatthegames and

Daily Video: Under the water with U.S. Synchro

Above the water, their routine is simple. Under the water, Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva would say differently. BSU at the Games takes you “behind the scenes” with Team USA’s only two synchro athletes at the Olympic Games.

Under the water with U.S. Synchro

Daily Video: The Errol Spence Jr. Story

His journey began inside a run-down boxing gym in southern Dallas. Now the No. 1 U.S. welterweight boxer, Errol Spence Jr., finds himself fighting for a medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Errol Spence Jr. Story

Daily Video: Lance Brooks | USA Track & Field

BSU at the Games continues its daily video series introducing you to members of Team USA. Today, meet USA Track & Field’s Lance Brooks who didn’t begin his career as a discus thrower.

Lance Brooks – USA Track & Field 

Daily Video: The Rau’Shee Warren Story

“Boxing saved my life.” Those words, spoken by Rau’Shee Warren echo the harsh past he left behind when he started boxing for Team USA.

Now competing in his third Olympic Games, Warren fights for a chance to bring gold back to his hometown of Cincinnati, where crime devastated the streets he grew up on.

The Rau’Shee Warren Story

Daily Video: Jospeh Diaz Jr. thanks Ball State

BSU at the Games followed USA Boxing’s Joseph Diaz Jr. on his journey to the Olympic Games. At a team practice in London, Diaz Jr. gives his appreciation for our students and their coverage of his sport.

Joseph Diaz Jr. thanks Ball State

Daily Video: Swimming, boxing updates

BSU at the Games daily video series featuring Team USA athletes. Today’s video features USA Swimming’s Eric Shanteau and USA Boxing’s Errol Spence, Jr.

Shanteau swims for others, Spence ready to box

Daily Video: USA Judo’s Kayla Harrison advances

Michael Nauman reports from the Excel Arena in London where the judo finals are being held Thursday. USA Judo’s Kayla Harrison will challenge for the gold medal in today’s competition, a feat she has visualized many times

USA Judo’s Kayla Harrison advances to finals