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Chicago’s Olympic Results 2008

by Matt B on August 26th, 2008

The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics have officially come to a close. I have spent the past two weeks staying up late, recording several televised events in the wee hours of the morning, and getting regular medal updates on my cell phone. I guess you can say I've been a bit of an Olympics nut. So just how did our Chicagoland athletes do?

olympic flagMatt Grevers, an Olympic rookie, won the silver medal in the 100m backstroke with a time of 53.11 seconds. He also won two gold medals by swimming in the preliminary heats of the 4×100m freestyle relay and 4×100m medley relay. While he was not in the foursome that competed in the finals, the USA team did win those events, and any medals earned are awarded to all those who participated along the way.

From Tinley Park, Cristine Magnuson brought home two silver medals: one for swimming the 100m butterfly in 57.10 seconds and one for participating in the 4×100m medley relay.

Sean Rooney from Wheeling was one of the tallest players on the men's volleyball team. Tom Hoff from Chicago was a middle blocker and team captain. Thanks to the team's success, both have brought home gold.

american flagFrom Naperville, Candace Parker made a great Olympic debut. She, Cappie Pondexter from Chicago, and the rest of the USA team won the gold in women's basketball.

Dwayne Wade from Robbins was a member of the 2004 men's basketball team in Athens, where they won the bronze. Now, in 2008, the USA upgraded to gold.

Congratulations to these Chicagoans and all our U.S. athletes!

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