Cooper's Dreams Dive

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


29 Days Until Opening Ceremonies

Cooper's Dreams Dive

Diver Matt Cooper of Bethesda didn't make the 2008 Olympic team. But he put himself in great position for the 2012 London Games at this past weekend's selection camp in Knoxville, Tenn.

Cooper, 19, finished with the fifth-highest point total among male divers at the camp, competing in the platform and three-meter synchro events with partner Harrison Jones. The Walt Whitman graduate earned three fourth places and a third in the platform event, and four thirds in the synchro, falling just short of making the 12-person team.

Cooper will be a sophomore in the fall at the University of Texas.

Centreville's Amanda Miller, 23, and Springfield's Mary Yarrison, 22, also missed out on the lone Olympic slot awarded in women's three-meter synchro event. Miller and her partner Christina Loukas finished third in four rounds; Yarrison and partner Abby Johnston were fourth. Miller scored 14th-best among women; Yarrison, 17th.

Medal Competition

The first Olympic medals designed in a public competition were delivered to organizers last week from the Australian-based mining company that produced them.

About 6,000 medals made for the Olympics and Paralympics required more than 28 1/2 pounds of gold, 2,954 pounds of silver and 15,278 pounds of copper and some jade from Qinghai province. The gold medals are actually made of silver, with a gold plating. About 51,000 commemorative medals were made from copper.

The medals have an embossed double-dragon design, a ring of jade inlay and a gold rim. Gold and jade signify virtues of honor and ethics. The dragon connotes strength. China's Central Academy of Fine Arts won the design competition.


DateEvent (Site)
MondayTrack and field -- U.S. roster completed
WednesdayBaseball -- U.S. roster announced

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