U.S. Men’s Archery Team Honored To Win Second Straight Olympic Silver

RIO DE JANEIRO— After getting back to the Olympic finals Saturday, the U.S. men’s archery team was dealt the same result as in 2012 — a silver medal. However, this time, they were happy.

“It is a totally different experience and feeling of satisfaction for sure,” said Jake Kaminski, one of two returning team members who also won silver at the 2012 Games in London. “It went as well as we possibly could have made it. This was our best match of the day and I wouldn’t change our performance.”

The South Koreans shot six straight bull’s-eyes to open the gold-medal match at the Sambodromo. Led by Woojin Kim, South Korea finished with 15 of its 18 shots registering a 10 on the official scorecard.

“It was a be-perfect type of night,” said Team USA’s Brady Ellison, who also competed in London. “We were darn good, and they were perfect.”

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U.S. Men’s Archery Team Hungry For Olympic Gold After A Near Miss 4 Years Ago

RIO DE JANEIRO — Jake Kaminski still thinks about the gold medal that got away at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Kaminski was a part of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Archery Team that secured a surprising semifinal win against then-defending champion South Korea. The win was overshadowed by a close defeat against Italy after the last arrow missed the scoring target by three-eighths of an inch.

“I don’t think I am still over it yet,” said Kaminski, 27. “…Medaling at all is totally unexpected and is so important to the impact on my life. At this point, I am still wishing it was gold, but I’m not stressing about it.”

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Women’s hoops team reflects on historic 1996 Olympic run

Former U.S. women’s basketball coach Tara Vanderveer stills remembers sharing a bus with Brazil, 22 years after the Brazilians won their first world championship.

“We shared a bus with them as we were in the back and they were in the front of the bus,” Vanderveer, who is the head coach at Stanford, said. “They were all partying, and there was a lot of kids on that bus, and myself included, that were angry.”

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Falcons’ Armstrong breaking ground on special teams

Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong still takes rejection personally.

“It’s just the competitive nature in me,” Armstrong said. “Sometimes you get that competitive chip on your shoulder.”

As the years rolled on, Armstrong learned to be more relaxed. In his eighth season as coordinator, he has become an effective communicator. Now he tries to find a common ground — one that gets players excited about being on special teams.

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Babe Ruth’s granddaughter helps with local foundation

The name “Ruth” carries weight around the game of baseball. At Monday’s Gwinnett Braves game, things were no different.

Fans lined up to meet Linda Ruth, the youngest granddaughter of baseball great Babe Ruth. She was in town with the Pray For (P4) Foundation started by 18-year-old Gino Vizzi, a graduate of Gwinnett County’s Mill Creek High School.

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Bill Thorn continues streak of running every AJC Peachtree Road Race

Bill Thorn no longer dodges cars along Peachtree Street as he runs The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race.

Instead, he made his 47th appearance Monday as one of the only people to run every race since it debuted in 1970.

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Pregnant Marietta mom runs AJC Peachtree Road Race

Sarah Bivens was running for two Monday at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. At 31 weeks pregnant, the Marietta native crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

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Inciarte provides stability in outfield

Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte has had a season’s worth of highlights.

On Saturday, he added another play to the list as he threw out Rockies infielder Mark Reynolds in the ninth inning of the Braves 4-3 loss.

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Batter Up: Georgia pitcher Health Holder shining in final season

Story Information: This story is a profile of a UGA baseball pitcher during the beginning of the 2016 season. He was preparing for his first game as a starting pitcher in his final season. I was the reporter for this piece and got the interviews and set the story up. 

 

Batter Up: Georgia pitcher Health Holder shining in final season

By Jaylon Thompson

It’s 10:30 pm on a Friday night.

While most people are out enjoying the start of their weekend, a light burns from Foley Field. It’s been hours since the Georgia Bulldogs defeated Georgia Southern 4-1 earlier in the day.

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Rules are Rules: Georgia dealing with recruiting limitations 9 years in the making

By Jaylon Thompson

 

Georgia pitcher Robert Tyler had to make a decision.

Tyler had two choices. His first option was the Baltimore Orioles. They selected him in the 50th round and had hopes of signing him. His second choice was the college baseball. As a top pitching prospect, he had several offers including one from the University of Georgia.

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