Gia Lewis-Smallwood is a former discus thrower at Illinois who recently qualified for the 2012 London Olympics as a member of Team USA. In her first Big Ten Olympic journal for BTN.com, she writes about what it’s like to make the Olympics at the age of 33. Read her first entry in this post and find more Big Ten Olympic journals here.
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Here’s something you probably didn’t know: the college basketball season officially tips off in 99 days. Credit the guys at SBNation.com for alerting us. As a way to celebrate, the site published a fun post Tuesday that offers 99 college hoops thoughts, facts and predictions for the 2012-13 season. And, of course, the Big Ten is represented. See a sampling of some of the best ones in this post.
The countdown of my top 2012 Big Ten football games continues with games 60-79. That’s right, I’m ranking all the Big Ten games this season. Yesterday, I did games 80-96, and I’ll continue to work my way to the top games each of the next three days. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here.
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If you don’t know the names yet, familiarize yourself with Yogi Ferrell, Gary Harris, Sam Dekker, Mitch McGary and Adam Woodburry before the college basketball season tips off. The way talent evaluators speak of these Big Ten incoming freshmen — among others in the deep and talented class — the future of the conference is in excellent hands.
The 2012-13 college bowl schedule was released Tuesday afternoon. There’s a total of 35 bowl games this upcoming season, including eight with Big Ten tie-ins.
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Team USA finalized its 2012 men’s basketball roster Sunday, and the Big Ten will be represented in Illinois’ Deron Williams. Williams, who helped the “Redeem Team” win gold during the 2008 games, will team with 11 other NBA superstars in search of another gold medal, starting July 29. Fifteen Big Ten players have suited up for USA and won a gold medal, not counting coaches, but Williams could become the first to win two. Check out the Big Ten’s history in the Olympics in this post.
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Emily Zurrer was a star soccer player for Illinois. After playing for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zurrer is back again with Team Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. She’s also one of a handful of Big Ten names chronicling their Olympic adventures for BTN.com. Find more journals here.
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