Found June 27, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from an eventful first two days at the U.S. swimming Olympic trials in Omaha: Lochte v Phelps Ryan Lochte is 2-0 head-to-head against rival and teammate Michael Phelps. Monday Lochte defeated Phelps by three-fourths of a second in the 400 individual medley final. Last night the former Florida Gator edged out the 14-time gold medalist in the 200 freestyle semifinal. Apart from bestowing bragging rights on people who wear “Lochte, Jeah!” sunglasses, both results were meaningless. Both swimmers qualified for the Olympic team in the 400 IM and both easily advanced to the 200 free final, where the duo will be favored to go 1-2. Phelps and Lochte each will raise their level and lower their times between now and London, so their performances this week aren’t predictive of what they will do next month. Nonetheless, Lochte continues to demonstrate that, at they very least, he is Phelps’ current equal, regardless of how many ounces of precious metals P...

Ryan Lochte Wears Shoes of Greek God After Beating Michael Phelps at Olympic Trials (Photo)

Ryan Lochte's arena may be the swimming pool, but given the chance, the Olympian probably wouldn't mind being the Greek god of shoes. Lochte, who reportedly owns 130 pieces of footwear, broke out a special pair after winning the 400-meter individual medley at the Olympic trials on Monday night. The shoes were equipped with wings, much like the Greek god Hermes was known to...

Lochte out of 100 back, focusing on 200 free

Ryan Lochte has dropped out of the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials despite being the second-fastest qualifier. Lochte swam both the 100 back and the 200 freestyle during the morning preliminaries Tuesday, but he dropped the shorter event to focus on the free. He won the world championship in that race last year at Shanghai. Lochte was the top qualifier...

Lochte, Phelps advance in 200 free

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps stayed on course for their second showdown at the US Olympic swimming trials on Tuesday. Lochte qualified fastest in the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries, exploding off the final turn to take the lead and cruise into the wall at 1 minute, 48.14 seconds. He's the world champion in the event, having beaten Phelps for the title last year in Shanghai...

Fire alarm awakens Phelps from nap

Michael Phelps got a rude awakening on the first day of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist was back in his hotel room on Monday napping after the morning preliminaries in which he finished second behind Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley. ''Well I have always had a prob with waking up from naps...But not possible to sleep through...

Lochte, Grevers drop 100 free; Phelps out of back

Ryan Lochte has scratched from the final of the 100-meter freestyle, giving 2008 Olympic star Jason Lezak a chance to qualify for the London Games. The 36-year-old Lezak was the ninth-fastest semifinal qualifier Thursday night. But Lochte, who tied for fifth, was merely trying to improve his chances of landing on the 400 free relay. His focus Friday will be on the 200 individual...

Phelps wins 200-meter butterfly

Michael Phelps stayed on course to swim eight events at the London Olympics with a dominating win in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Thursday night. He trailed Davis Tarwater at the first and second turns, but there's was never any doubt that Phelps would pull ahead in his signature stroke. He surged ahead on the third leg and was a body-length ahead of the...

Phelps, Lochte to face off again

The Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte Show is down to its last act at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Phelps wins 200m freestyle final

Michael Phelps beat out Ryan Lochte in the 200 meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Wednesday, but both will qualify for the 2012 London Games next month.

Oregon's Claim On Olympic Sports

Every state can boast qualities that transfer to sports, especially with the variety of Olympic sports. But even on that world stage, some states come up short. For example, no event for breathing pollution? If there was, you'd see gold medals on every neck in LA. No event for sauna? That would put gold medals on every summer road crew in Texas. What about Oregon? What are...
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