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Olympic Journal: Bronze Medal Caps Off My Games

Former star Illini soccer player Emily Zurrer sends back her final update as part of our ongoing Big Ten Olympic Journals for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In this post, she wraps up her experience and describes Team Canada’s thrilling bronze medal match. Here’s what Zurrer sent us after the Olympics ended. “I apologize for the lack of blog updates! Everything has been so crazy that I haven’t even found time to respond to messages let alone sit down and try to put on paper what has happened this past week. It has been a roller coaster of emotions and a

Big Ten totals 35 medals, including 15 Gold, at Olympics

The Big Ten Conference brought home a total of 35 medals, including 15 gold medals, at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. More than 100 former and current Big Ten student-athletes and coaches participated in this year’s games, representing 32 countries in 24 different sports. See how every Big Ten product fared in London in this post. [BTN.com: Read all of our 2012 Olympics coverage] Michigan led the Big Ten with 12 medals, including eight gold medals. Former volunteer assistant coach Michael Phelps claimed four of those gold medals, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22

Olympic Journal: Herbert all class at Olympics

NUsports.com posted the final Olympic update from Wildcats head wrestling coach Drew Pariano, and we’re sharing it here as part of our Big Ten Olympic coverage. Pariano and associate head coach Tim Cysewski headed to London to support Northwestern graduate and U.S. wrestler Jake Herbert as he competed in the the 84 kg freestyle division. In this last entry, Pariano explains how well Herbert handled a frustrating and controversial Olympic experience. “Jake Herbert was involved in two of the most controversial matches at the 2012 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling competition. Both matches involved official challenges that resulted in points for his

Illinois product Deron Williams wins gold medal

Make it two-time gold medal winner Deron Williams. The former Illinois and current Brooklyn Net point guard helped Team USA capture the gold medal with a 107-100 victory over Spain on the final day of the 2012 London Olympics. The gold medal marks Team USA and Williams’ second consecutive Olympic championship, and it makes Williams the first Big Ten men’s basketball player ever to win multiple gold medals. See a photo of Williams and his two gold medals in this post. [BTN.com: Deron Williams signs NBA contract on iPad] Williams scored six points and dished out one assist in the

Olympic Journal: Update from Indiana's Farrell

As a dual citizen of the U.S. and France, Indiana swimmer Margaux Farrell competed for France in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In her latest Big Ten Olympic Journal entry, Farrell recaps what she has done in London since winning her bronze medal and writes about her excitement for the closing ceremony. Read her journal entry among others in our Big Ten Olympic section. Here’s Farrell’s entry from Saturday night: “The end of the games is almost here and I can’t believe it. I got here about three weeks ago and I feel like it went by in three days. Since

Olympic Journal: IU's Farrell writes about bronze medal

As a dual citizen of the U.S. and France, Indiana swimmer Margaux Farrell is competing for France in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In her latest Big Ten Olympic Journal entry, Farrell describes the thrill of winning a bronze medal. Read her journal entry among others in our Big Ten Olympic section. Here’s Farrell’s latest entry: “It has been a week since I raced at the Olympics games and my head is still spinning from everything that has happened since then! I cannot believe that I will be taking home a bronze medal… it still has not become a reality to

Olympic Journal: Here Comes Herbert's Time

NUsports.com posted the latest Olympic update from Wildcats head wrestling coach Drew Pariano and we’ll share it here as part of our Big Ten Olympic coverage. Pariano and associate head coach Tim Cysewski head to London to support Northwestern graduate and U.S. wrestler Jake Herbert as he competes in the the 84 kg freestyle division. In this entry, Pariano tells us what’s ahead for Herbert once the draw is announced. “Jake will weigh-in at 84kg/185 pounds the night before the competition on August 10. Less than an hour after the weigh-in, the final pairings for the bracket will be released.

Olympic Journal: What a Dominant Run

The latest in our entertaining and insightful series of Big Ten Olympic Journals is in and it’s from U.S. swim team co-captain and Michigan graduate Peter Vanderkaay, who writes about how the U.S. swimming team put together a dominant run. Here’s what Vanderkaay sent Monday afternoon: Former Michigan swimmer Peter Vanderkaay is a member of the U.S. Olympic swim team. The three-time Olympian chronicles his journey here for BTN.com. Read all of our Olympic journals. “So the swimming competition has finally come to a close and Team USA dominated the medal stand.  Matt Grevers won another gold on the 4×100

Olympic Journal: 'It's Going To be a Battle'

Former star Illini soccer player Emily Zurrer sends back her latest update as part of our ongoing Big Ten Olympic Journals for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In this post, she describes how she had a great vantage point for a big win for Team Canada. Here’s what Zurrer wrote Sunday night. “Not much has happened since the last time I wrote….oh wait maybe one just thing. WE’RE IN THE OLYMPIC SEMI-FINALS!!! Former Illinois soccer All-American Emily Zurrer is playing for Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. The three-time All Big Ten player chronicles her journey here for BTN.com. Read all

Olympic Journal: Injured Leg Won't Get Me Down

Former star Illini soccer player Emily Zurrer sends back her latest update as part of our ongoing Big Ten Olympic Journals for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In this post, she discusses the disappointment over her injury, but her spirits remain high. Here’s what Zurrer sent us late Thursday night. “WANTED: A new hamstring. Size M-ML. (I’ve been lifting hard). Preferably a soccer player’s, but a 100-meter sprinter will do as well… “Since I last wrote, a lot has happened here in Britain. Former Illinois soccer All-American Emily Zurrer is playing for Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. The three-time All