Mon August 13, 2012

Will Durst: The Barack Obama election year decathlon

Planetary props to the city of London for a monumentally memorable 30th Olympiad. Added kudos for keeping the athletic contests pretty much politics-free, except of course for the monumental ugliness that was the women's semifinal field hockey match between Great Britain and Argentina (a.k.a. The Falklands War II, this time it’s personal!)

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Thu July 26, 2012
Arts & Culture

Olympic table tennis born in the South Bay

The US dominates in many Olympic sports – track and field, swimming, basketball. But, one sport the US has never won a medal for is table tennis.

This year, the US team is hoping to change that. It’s going to be challenging. Only 4 players qualified to compete on the 2012 US Olympic Table Tennis team. Three of those four live and train right here in the Bay Area at an unlikely Olympic training ground – a converted warehouse that’s part of the Indian Community Center in Milpitas (ICC).

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Thu July 26, 2012

Reporting on the Olympics, an interview with Scott Ostler


Every two years, the Olympic spotlight shines most brightly on the athletes participating in the games. Amidst all the glamour and commotion some people who most of us don’t think too much about are the journalists, those tireless foot soldiers who bring the games to your screens and speakers. Well, we thought about them. What is it like to be a reporter covering the most prestigious sports competition on earth? We put that question to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Scott Ostler.