Olympics http://wunc.org en Sochi Olympics: 3 North Carolina Connections http://wunc.org/post/sochi-olympics-3-north-carolina-connections <p>Do the Olympics seem far away? N0t many North Carolinians are competing. (<a href="http://wunc.org/post/north-carolinas-heather-richardson-not-her-olympics">Before the games, we told you about speed skater Heather Richardson</a>, but her games were a bust.) And with no hometown heroes to cheer on, well, humph.</p><p>But then, with the swell of the Olympic theme...seemingly from nowhere....we find these three local connections to the world-wide games.</p><p>1<strong>. Handmade in Boone, NC-Made Table Dresses Up Set</strong></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:01:23 +0000 Carol Jackson 30822 at http://wunc.org Sochi Olympics: 3 North Carolina Connections Olympians Gather In Western NC http://wunc.org/post/olympians-gather-western-nc <p>I've been poking around the internet, wondering if any athletes with ties to North Carolina will be headed to the games in Sochi next month.</p><p>I didn't find any (yet), but I did find a winter games, happening now. Without fanfare, network TV contracts, or endorsements, 130 athletes with special needs have gathered for the NC Winter Special Olympics at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock.</p><p>The competition is reportedly fierce in alpine skiing and snowboarding. 130 regional competitors hail from as far away as Virginia.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:50:57 +0000 Carol Jackson 28498 at http://wunc.org Olympians Gather In Western NC Remembering The Hunt For Eric Rudolph http://wunc.org/post/remembering-hunt-eric-rudolph <p><font face="Arial"><span style="">At one time, Eric Rudolph was one of the most wanted men in the country. He was responsible for a series of bombings in Georgia and Alabama, including at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. </span></font></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:06:03 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 17154 at http://wunc.org Remembering The Hunt For Eric Rudolph The Life & Legacy of LeRoy T. Walker http://wunc.org/post/life-legacy-leroy-t-walker <p>Coach, educator and activist LeRoy T. Walker spent his career breaking the color barrier. He was the first African-American coach of a U.S. Olympic Track Team, the first black president of the United States Olympic Committee and the man who, along with Duke University coach Al Buehler, united the races around the sport of track and field in Durham, NC. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Lindsay Foster Thomas 4191 at http://wunc.org The Life & Legacy of LeRoy T. Walker Raleigh Swimmer Hits Olympic Trials at 40 http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-swimmer-hits-olympic-trials-40 <p>The U.S. Olympic swimming trials are underway in Omaha, Nebraska, and several North Carolinians have already qualified for the Olympic team headed to London this summer. Among the competitors in the trials' final days will be Raleigh's Erika Braun. She's one of only four swimmers in the country age 40 or older to qualify for the trials.<br> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:16:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2255 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Swimmer Hits Olympic Trials at 40 Olympic Drama In Cary http://wunc.org/post/olympic-drama-cary <p>The Olympic Table Tennis trials were held in Cary over the weekend. The sport’s premier event provided plenty of drama.<br><br><strong>Dave DeWitt:</strong> Like every sport, table tennis has its quirks and traditions. What’s obvious right away to anyone new to the elite level of table tennis is, these athletes are loud. Each player has his or her own personal word or phrase they like to shout. For American Ariel Hsing, that word is “sa.” It must have worked, because Hsing won the first Olympic team slot.<br> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:30:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 2747 at http://wunc.org Olympic Hopefuls Come To Cary http://wunc.org/post/olympic-hopefuls-come-cary <p>The North American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in table tennis is being held in Cary this weekend. The event features world-class athletes trying to make their Olympic dreams come true.<br><br><strong>Dave DeWitt:</strong> Table tennis is a wildly popular sport in Asia and eastern Europe. In the United States, the sport is growing, but with little to no chance of winning Olympic medals this year in London, just making the North American team is the goal.<br> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:10:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 2757 at http://wunc.org