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  • Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, second from right, joins other Olympic athletes from Maryland, including swimmer Katie Ledecky, left, windsurfer Farrah Hall, second from left, and modern pentathlete Suzanne Stettinius, third from right, and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, right, during a celebration of the achievements of Maryland Olympians, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Baltimore. Phelps ended his Olympic career in London with six medals and a record tally of 22 career medals. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

    Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky among 8 Maryland Olympians honored by state

    By David Ginsburg - Associated Press

    Michael Phelps arrived by water to a ceremony at the Baltimore Inner Harbor honoring eight of Maryland's Olympic heroes. Published September 10, 2012

  • London Olympics 2012: Golden moment ends

    By Rob Harris - Associated Press

    Royal Air Force jets streaked through the sky above Buckingham Palace, leaving a red, white and blue trail of smoke as gold, silver and bronze medals gleamed below. Published September 10, 2012

  • ** FILE ** This Thursday Nov. 23, 2006, file photo shows two-time CART champion Alex Zanardi, who lost both of his legs in a crash over five years ago, inside the modified cockpit of his BMW-Sauber C24-B, as he becomes the first double amputee to test drive a Formula One car in the Cheste racetrack near Valencia, Spain. (AP Photo/Fernando Bustamante, File)

    London Paralympics 2012: Alex Zanardi wins gold in handcycle

    By Associated Press

    Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi of Italy has won the gold medal in the 16-kilometer (10-mile) handcycling time trial at the 2012 London Paralympics. Published September 5, 2012

  • Claire Lomas lights the Paralympic flame cauldron in Trafalgar Square in London, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Claire had a horse riding accident in 2007 leaving her paralysed from the chest down.  The London Paralympics begin on Wednesday Aug. 29.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Paralympics 2012: Cauldron lit in central London

    By Raphael Satter - Associated Press

    Partially paralyzed marathon participant Claire Lomas lit the Paralympic cauldron in central London on Friday, one of a slew of events meant to mark the coming of the Paralympic Games across the British capital. Published August 24, 2012

  • First lady Michelle Obama (left) and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas appear with host Jay Leno during a taping of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" in Burbank, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/NBC, Margaret Norton)

    Gabby Douglas: Olympic gymnast is golden in 'Tonight' appearance

    By Lynn Elbert - Associated Press

    Olympic champion Gabby Douglas basked in the "Tonight" spotlight and the admiration of fellow guest Michelle Obama, but the teenager already is thinking ahead to 2016. Published August 14, 2012

  • Celebration erupted in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 when the city was chosen as the first place in South America to host the Olympics. Brazilians regard the 2016 Games as their grand entrance onto the world stage, and officials already are getting jitters as the city undertakes a massive infrastructure overhaul. (Associated Press)

    Olympics 2016: It’s time for Rio to get real

    By Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press

    The snuffing-out of the Olympic flame in London on Sunday marked a conclusion for most; but for 2016 host city Rio de Janeiro, it kicked off four years of pregames jitters and a race against the clock to ready this notoriously laid-back beach town for the global sports showcase. Published August 13, 2012

  • Workers adjust a sign outside the Olympic Stadium in London on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, to prepare for the upcoming Paralympic Games. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Olympics 2012: Back to reality for the British after Summer Games

    By Paisley Dodds - Associated Press

    Basking in post-Olympic glory, Britain succumbed to reality Monday with commuters venturing back to work and Heathrow Airport experiencing one of its busiest days ever. Published August 13, 2012

  • Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus takes a throw in the women's shot put final at the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Ostapchuk became the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the games after her gold was withdrawn for doping. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Olympics 2012: Belarus shot putter stripped of gold medal

    By Associated Press

    Shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus became the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the London Olympics after her gold was withdrawn Monday for doping. Published August 13, 2012

  • Performers dance on a stage set with London landmarks during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Olympics 2012: 'Happy and glorious' Summer Games come to rocking end

    By Paul Haven - Associated Press

    With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. Published August 12, 2012

  • Olympics 2012: Cael Sanderson mentors Jake Varner to gold

    By Associated Press

    Cael Sanderson spent the past seven years teaching Jake Varner how to be a world champion — and he was there Sunday when Varner joined him as an Olympic gold medalist. Published August 12, 2012

  • Olympics 2012: Usain Bolt isn’t committing to Rio in 2016

    By Howard Fendrich - The Washington Times

    Toting his third gold medal of the London Games, Usain Bolt gave a little wave to 80,000 or so of his best friends in the Olympic Stadium stands. Published August 12, 2012

  • United States' Michael Phelps, right, and United States' Ryan Lochte pose with their medals for the men's 200-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Phelps won gold and Lochte silver. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Olympics 2012: U.S. wins medal count, and British celebrate as well

    By Tim Reynolds - Associated Press

    By any measure, the 2012 London Games will be considered a booming success for the United States. Published August 12, 2012

  • Olympics 2012: U.S. women dominate, winning 63 percent of team's gold

    By Kelly Parsons - The Washington Times

    American women dominated the competition in London, winning 58 of their country's 104 medals. Of the 46 U.S. gold medals, women or women's teams won 29 of them. It's a feat that seems particularly fitting, as June 23 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a piece of legislation that granted more equal access to women and girls in sports. Published August 12, 2012

  • Mayor of London Boris Johnson, right, shakes the hand of Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, during a press conference in London to outline how London is working with the Brazilian city to ensure a smooth handover when the London 2012 Olympic Games come to an end over the up-coming weekend, in London Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.  Rio de Janeiro is to host the 2016 Olympic Games.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Rio Olympics 2016: In Brazil, organizers gearing up for bash on the beach

    By Janie McCauley - Associated Press

    For all those beach volleyball players who thought Horse Guards Parade transformed itself into the sport's best Olympic venue yet, wait until they arrive on the Brazilian sands of Ipanema Beach in four years. Published August 12, 2012

  • Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda was the surprise gold medalist, winning in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second as he pulled away from the Kenyan duo of Abel Kirui and favorite Wilson Kiprotich Kipsang. (Associated Press)

    Olympics 2012: Ugandan underdog Stephen Kiprotich outlasts favored Kenyans

    By Pat Graham - Associated Press

    A runner named Kiprotich winning the Olympic marathon? Hardly a surprise. Published August 12, 2012

  • United States' Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant celebrate the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Olympics 2012: U.S. beats Spain 107-100 for gold in men's basketball

    By Brian Mahoney - Associated Press

    This was no Dream Team. This was reality. Published August 12, 2012

  • Mexico players celebrate winning the gold medal during the men's soccer final against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Olympics 2012: Mexico upsets Brazil to win 1st soccer gold

    By Tales Azzoni - Associated Press

    With a goal in 29 seconds, Mexico extended Brazil's wait for a first Olympic footballgold for at least another four years. Published August 11, 2012

  • The United States' basketball team pose with their gold medals at center court after beating France during the women's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Olympics 2012: U.S. women's basketball team wins 5th straight gold

    By Doug Feinberg - Associated Press

    Expected to dominate, they did. Published August 11, 2012

  • USA's Logan Tom (15) reacts after Brazil scores a point during a women's volleyball gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Olympics 2012: Brazil stuns U.S. for gold in women's volleyball

    By Anne M. Peterson - Associated Press

    Destinee wasn't enough. Published August 11, 2012

  • United States' women's 4 X400-meter relay team from left, Francena McCorory, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Deedee Trotter celebrate after winning the gold medal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Olympics 2012: U.S. women win 4x400 relay to give Allyson Felix 3rd gold

    By Eddie Pells - Associated Press

    By the time Allyson Felix was done doing her part, her third gold medal of the Olympics was all but hanging around her neck. Published August 11, 2012

  • Great Britain's Mohamed Farah shows off his gold medal to his stepdaughter Rihnna after the awards ceremony for the men's 5000-meter during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Olympics 2012: Mo Farah wins 5,000 meters for long-distance double

    By John Pye - Associated Press

    Mo Farah didn't want to leave anybody in doubt. Published August 11, 2012

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt leads United States' Ryan Bailey to win the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Olympics 2012: Usain Bolt gets 3rd gold as Jamaica sets world record in 4x100 relay

    By Howard Fendrich - Associated Press

    Be it a gold medal or a souvenir from a record relay run, Usain Bolt always gets what he wants at the Olympics. Published August 11, 2012

  • FILE- In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, file photo, U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas displays her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. With the gymnastics competition over, the U.S. women's gymnastics team is beginning to realize just how big a deal they've become back home. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Olympics 2012: For 5th straight Summer Games, U.S. will take home most medals

    By Tim Reynolds - Associated Press

    Swimming, track and field, basketball, women's soccer, Serena Williams and Aly Raisman. They all found their way onto U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst's highlight list from the London Games. Published August 11, 2012

  • The closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics will be streamed live online. Here are fireworks illuminating the sky after the Olympic cauldron was lit during the opening ceremony Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London.  (AP Photo/Leon Neal, Pool)

    Olympics 2012: NBC will stream closing ceremony live online

    By David Bauder - Associated Press

    NBC acknowledged some critics Saturday in announcing it changed plans and will stream Sunday's Olympic closing ceremony live online. Published August 11, 2012

  • United States' Abby Wambach, right, and teammate Hope Solo celebrate winning the gold medal during in the women's soccer final against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Olympics 2012: U.S. women's soccer players face uncertain future

    By Nancy Armour - Associated Press

    They got a personal shout-out from President Barack Obama, partied with a few of the NBA players and actor Tim Robbins and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning celebrating. Published August 10, 2012

  • United States' Carmelita Jeter reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. The United States relay team set a new world record with a time of 40.82 seconds. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Olympics 2012: U.S. breaks 27-year-old record in women's 4x100

    By Associated Press

    Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line pointing the baton at the clock showing a world record of 40.82 seconds Friday night as the United States won the women's Olympic 4x100-meter relay for the first time since 1996. Published August 10, 2012

  • United States' Jordan Ernest Burroughs, celebrates after winning against Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi after the gold medal match at a 74-kg men's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Olympics 2012: Jordan Burroughs comes through with wrestling gold

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    A year ago, Jordan Burroughs changed his Twitter handle to (at)alliseeisgold. Published August 10, 2012

  • Russia's Tatyana Lysenko reacts after winning gold in the women's hammer throw final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Olympics 2012: Tatyana Lysenko sets record to win hammer gold

    By Associated Press

    Tatyana Lysenko of Russia set an Olympic record to win the hammer throw, an event final that was marred by a technical problem on Friday night. Published August 10, 2012

  • Bahamas's Ramon Miller leads USA's Angelo Taylor during the final leg of the men's 4x400-meter during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Olympics 2012: Bahamas snaps U.S. winning streak in men's 4x400

    By Eddie Pells - Associated Press

    When it comes to the 4x400-meter Olympic relay, the American men aren't used to being overtaken at the end, the way Angelo Taylor was Friday night. Published August 10, 2012

  • United States' Kevin Durant, left, celebrates with teammate Carmelo Anthony (15) after he scored during a semifinal men's basketball game against Argentina at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Olympics 2012: Team USA routs Argentina, advances to gold-medal game

    By Brian Mahoney - Associated Press

    LeBron James turned away from his teammates gathered in the center circle and waved to the fans as if to say: "See you Sunday." Published August 10, 2012

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    • U.S. Olympic rowers Giuseppe Lanzone (left) and Sam Stitt are shown at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. They are aiming to improve on their performance at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. (Denis Poroy/Special to The Washington Times)

      Passion for rowing has McLean pair targeting London Olympics

      By Dan Friedell - Special to The Washington Times

      About 10 years ago, two pancake breakfasts at Metro 29 Diner — a teal, glass and aluminum comfort-food haven in Arlington — would have set you back about $15. Double that if you're feeding a couple of towering 200-pounders who have just spent the morning rowing from the Key Bridge to Mount Vernon on the Potomac. Published November 22, 2011

    • Rioting sparks concern about London Olympics

      By Louise Osborne - Special to The Washington Times

      The rioting and looting that shocked Britain two weeks ago are raising questions about whether London is a secure location for next year's Summer Olympics. Published August 22, 2011

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