From the Summer Olympics and Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time to boxing fights and Mexican wrestling, here’s a look at the best sports images from around the world in 2012.
Oct. 3 Photo Brief: Michael Phelps golfs in Scotland, Paris fashion escalates, Britain mourns slain officers, Medvedev and machine gun
Michael Phelps golfs in Scotland, Britain mourns slain officers, Mennonites in Mexico, Medvedev and machine gun, a big croc, a big rock and more in today’s daily brief.
With only 2 days left of the 2012 Paralympic Games, there has been a tremendous amount of victorious moments coming out of London. As for the medal count, The People’s Republic of China is still way ahead with 78 golds (198 total) followed by Great Britain with 32 golds (113 total) and the Russian Federation also with 32 golds (91 total). The top individual medalists are all swimmers with Australia’s Jacqueline Freney bringing 7 gold medals back down under. Tied for second are Matthew Cowdrey, also from Australia, and Jessica Long from the U.S. with 5 golds and 2 silver medals each.
Paralympians with Maryland ties have proven their mettle during the 1st week of the 2012 games in London. Jessica Long of Middle River, Tatyana McFadden of Columbia, Becca Meyers of Timonium, Ian Jaryd Silverman of Towson and Brad Snyder of Baltimore are among Maryland’s medal winners.
Already on Day 6, the London 2012 Paralympic Games is in full swing. The People’s Republic of China leads the medal count with an astonishing 49 golds (121 total) followed by Great Britain with 22 golds (74 total) and the Russian Federation with 18 golds (54 total). By the time of the Closing Ceremonies on September 9, the London Games will have welcomed 4,280 competitors from 164 nations, the largest number of athletes since the first Paralympics in 1960.
You don’t become the most decorated Olympian of all time without ubiquitous worldwide press coverage — hardware equals headlines — but we can safely say the ink chronicling hometown hero Michael Phelps in the pages of The Baltimore Sun could fill entire swimming pools. A record 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, will do that. Search “Michael Phelps” in The Sun’s print archives and you’ll find more than 1,500 articles mentioning him, a total which isn’t comprehensive for the newspaper and doesn’t include any website or mobile content. Ninety-nine front-page (1A) stories* have at least mentioned Phelps, though he’s obviously been the main subject of many of those. Not bad for a 27-year-old, huh?
As Phelps begins life after competitive swimming, we take a look back at The Sun’s coverage of his Olympic medal-winning races in Athens, Beijing and London, highlighting the print covers and stories.
August 14 Photo Brief with a 17-foot snake, a 4-inch elephant fetus, a 60-foot beached whale and a giant panda’s 9th birthday
A 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python weighing 164 pounds and carrying 87 eggs is caught, killed and studied in Florida, a 60-foot female fin whale perishes on the English shore, the first artificially inseminated elephant continues to thrive in utero and more in today’s daily brief.
Olympics Closing Ceremony, Perseid meteor shower, twin earthquakes kills about 300, injures hundreds more in Iran and more in today’s daily brief.