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Posts Tagged ‘Olympic.’

Legendary North Carolina Tar Heels coach Dean Smith dies at 83

Dean Smith (2009 photo by Zeke Smith via wikipedia commons)

Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame legend who won two national championships at North Carolina along with an Olympic gold medal while coaching, has died. He was 83.

In a statement released by the university from the Smith family,  the coach died “peacefully” at his Chapel Hill home Saturday evening. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith coached some of the biggest names ever in college basketball. The list is long Michael Jordan, Larry Brown, Billy Cunningham, Hubert Davis, Matt Doherty, Phil Ford, George Karl, Charlie Scott, James Worthy, John Kuester, Jeff Lebo, Mitch Kupchak, Sam Perkins, Bob McAdoo, Kenny Smith, Rick Fox, Jerry Stackhouse, Walter Davis, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter and Rasheed Wallace to name a few.

He sent more than 50 players to the NBA and ABA.

Smith had health issues in recent years, where he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory. He stayed out of the public’s eye since 2010. His wife, Linnea, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on his behalf from President Barack Obama in November 2013.

Born Feb. 28, 1931, in Emporia, Kan., the son of public school teachers, Dean Edwards Smith graduated from the University of Kansas with a communications degree in 1953. He played for the Jayhawks teams that won the NCAA title in 1952 and finished second the next year. While at Kansas, Smith played for another legendary basketball coach in Phog Allen which the Jayhawks home arena is named after, Allen Fieldhouse.

He served as an assistant coach at Kansas to Allen and Dick Harp before joining the Air Force. He was an assistant basketball coach at the Air Force Academy, and also the baseball and golf coach for a year, before leaving in 1958 to join Frank McGuire’s staff at North Carolina. When McGuire left to coach in the NBA in the summer of 1961, the university selected Smith, 30 years old at the time, to take over the program.

Smith had an 8-9 record his first season and never had one again.

He won two championships in his career, 1982 and 1993. Other career accomplishments included: 11 regional titles which led to the Final Four; 13 ACC Tournament titles; 18 ACC regular season titles; NIT title in 1971; National Coach of the Year 4 times and ACC coach of the Year 9 times.

He is the member of several Hall of Fames: North Carolina 1981; Basketball 1983; Kansas 1996; College Basketball 2006 and the ingaural class of FIBA in 2007

Smith retired in October 1997 with a career record of 879-254, having eclipsed ‘The Baron” Adolph Rupp’s record of 876 victories during the NCAA tournament earlier that year in March.

Smith was very active in his church, politics, while speaking out on social issues such as civil rights, the death penalty, affirming gays and lesbians.

During his regime at UNC, Smith, with the insistence of his pastor started to recruit black athletes to his team. In 1967, swingman Charlie Scott became the first black athlete on scholarhip.

In politics, he supported Democrats and Liberals. He donated money to the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean, Bill Bradley, North Carolina alumnus John Edwards and Obama.

With his wife, Linnea,  Smith is also survived by daughters Sandy, Sharon, Kristen and Kelly; son Scott; and several grandchildren.

Dean Smith Center interior (2007 photo by Greenstat via wikipedia commons)

 

Steven Holcomb, U.S. Bobsled team sweeps two-man race for first time

Steven Holcomb (photo by Parke Brewer, Voice of America via wikipedia commons)

33-year-old Steven Holcomb won another World Cup two-man bobsled race, in leading a United States sweep of the medals at Lake Placid, New York.

The win adds to a dominating start to the Olympic season by the American sliders.

Holcomb and teammate Chris Fogt finished two runs in 1 minute, 50.19 seconds.

The wins marked the first time that United State’s sleds have gone 1-2-3 in a two-man World Cup race.

“Holky” as Holcomb is called, is a native of Park City, Utah.

United States Women’s Soccer beats Canada 3-0

Alex Morgan (photo by PickSaver via wikipedia commons)

The United States Women’s Soccer Team played an old nemesis on Sunday and came away victorious.

Alex Morgan  scored two goals in the 3-0 exhibition win.

It was the first meeting of the two countries since the USA won in overtime, 4-3 in last year’s semifinals of the Olympic women’s soccer tournament.

The 23-year-old Morgan has scored 44 goals in 66 games since 2010 for the US women’s squad.

“Dynamite” Michael Dokes, former boxing champion, dead at 54

 

(photo by Ralf Berger via wikipedia commons)

Former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Michael Dokes, died last Friday in his native Akron, Ohio.

The Akron Beacon Journal newspaper listed that Dokes died due to liver cancer at a hospice center in Akron.

Known as “Dynamite” Dokes due he could pack a powerful punch, compiled a career record of 53-6-2, 61 fights, 33 KO’s. He was a 1975 Olympic Silver medalist for the USA Boxing Team in Mexico City.

Dokes was able to win the heavyweight title at age 24 in December of 1982, in his fight against champion Mike Weaver, referee Joey Curtis made a controversial decision to stop the bout.

Dokes admitted to having a problem with cocaine which led to his losing the WBA title nine months later to Gerrie Coetzee. Unfortunately, Dokes never won the heavyweight title again.

 

Info compiled from Boxing news, TV & Radio news

 

 

Australian Olympian Rose dies of Leukemia

 

Murray Rose (photo by Ajayvius via wikipedia commons)

Four-time Olympic champion swimmer Murray Rose of Australia, died on Sunday in Sydney of leukemia.

He was 73.

Rose, who was born in Scotland, won three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Games, becoming a national hero at the young age of 17.

During the 1956 Olympics, Rose won the gold in the 400 meter freestyle, 1500 meter freestyle and 4×200 meter freestyle.

He won a gold, bronze and silver in 1960 at the Rome, Italy Games.

In the 1960, Olympics, Rose won the gold in the  400 meter freestyle, silver in the 1500 meter freestyle and bronze in the 4×200 meter freestyle.

Altogether, Rose set 15 world records.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Olympic news

 

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