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  • Paralympic medalist to lead Illinois State Fair parade Aug 6, 2014 6:33 AM
    A member of the U.S.’s gold medal-winning Paralympic sled hockey team will serve as grand marshal of the Illinois State Fair twilight parade. Kevin McKee is a member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago hockey team. He’s skated on Team USA’s international squad since 2010. He and his teammates won first place in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that McKee will lead the parade, which kicks off the fair on Thursday night. In a statement, Quinn says McKee “represents the spirit of Illinois — optimism, passion, and a drive to succeed regardless of life’s obstacles.” McKee says it’s an honor to be selected. He adds he feels blessed to be able to share the day with so many other very talented people.”

     
  • Phelps signs with new suit company Aug 5, 2014 11:09 AM
    Michael Phelps has been linked with Speedo throughout his swimming career, most notably collecting a $1 million bonus after he won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games. Now, as he comes back from retirement, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history will have a different look. Phelps is announcing Tuesday that he has signed a deal with Aqua Sphere, a company that has extensive experience with triathlons and recreational swimming but will be designing a racing suit for the first time.

     
  • Pistorius gets into nightclub argument Jul 15, 2014 7:58 PM
    Oscar Pistorius was in an altercation at an upmarket nightclub over the weekend, his family said Tuesday. Pistorius went with a cousin to a trendy Johannesburg nightclub on Saturday, where he was accosted by a man who aggressively questioned him about his murder trial, a family spokeswoman said.

     
  • Report: Thorpe to reveal he is gay Jul 12, 2014 5:54 PM
    Australian media report five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast in Australia on Sunday.

     
  • Phelps a bit miffed that he’s not going faster Jul 10, 2014 5:05 PM
    Michael Phelps figured he would be swimming faster by now. His coach believes he’s right on schedule. Phelps will get a final tuneup before the national championships when he competes in a special meet at the University of Georgia, featuring Ryan Lochte and some of the world’s top swimmers. Beginning Friday, Phelps will swim three events in three days, another important step in showing how fit he is since coming out of retirement. Coach Bob Bowman says he’s pleased with Phelps’ progress and sees no reason why he can’t eventually come close to some of the times he put up in the prime of his career. But Phelps is a bit miffed that he’s not going faster, only now realizing how difficult it is to return from a long layoff.

     
  • Pistorius trial: Defense ends its case Jul 8, 2014 10:58 AM
    The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius moved closer to a verdict on Tuesday when the defense ended its case. In early August the judge will hear final arguments that will highlight opposing portraits of the Paralympic athlete — a gun-obsessed egotist who shot girlfriend Reeva Steekamp in a rage or a vulnerable figure with a disability who pulled the trigger in a tragic case of mistaken identity.

     
  • War hero Zamperini lived ‘unimaginable drama’ Jul 3, 2014 7:11 PM
    Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97. Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” which is being made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie.

     
  • Pistorius is not a narcissist, psychologist says Jul 2, 2014 10:30 AM
    Oscar Pistorius does not display the narcissism associated with men in abusive relationships and linked to “rage-type” murders, according to a psychologist’s report read Wednesday at the athlete’s murder trial. The report adds to conflicting evidence about the character of the double-amputee runner, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by firing his pistol through a closed toilet door in his home.

     
  • Van Dyken demonstrates social media’s positive side Jun 28, 2014 4:16 PM
    Not long after Amy Van Dyken-Rouen had surgery for a life-threatening spine injury, while she still wasn’t completely out of danger, her husband placed a cellphone in her hands. The decorated Olympic swimmer had always enjoyed sharing her life and thoughts on social media, so Tom Rouen figured it might do her some good when she awoke. It worked more than he could have imagined, providing Amy a therapeutic tool as she makes the transition from elite athlete to possibly spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

     
  • Schaumburg Special Olympian a true team player Jun 12, 2014 11:29 AM
    Nick Joseph plays seven sports, but soccer is the one the 20-year-old from Schaumburg calls "very addicting." He's heading to New Jersey this week to play for Team Illinois' soccer squad in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.

     
  • No words needed to see Gurnee swimmer’s passion for the sport Jun 12, 2014 11:16 AM
    Gurnee resident Alex Dmytrenko doesn't speak, but no words are necessary to understand his passion for swimming. That passion will take him to New Jersey this week, where he'll swim for Team Illinois in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.

     
  • Crystal Lake Special Olympian runs ‘like lightning’ Jun 12, 2014 11:16 AM
    After a three-year hiatus from Special Olympics, Brent Kampert’s comeback in the sport he loves — running — was “like lightning.” Kampert, 28, of Crystal Lake earned a spot in this month's Special Olympics 2014 USA Games with a record-setting performance in the 2013 Illinois Summer Games, running 100 meters in 11 seconds.

     
  • Special Olympics role leads to teaching passion for Hoffman Estates teen Jun 12, 2014 11:16 AM
    Hoffman Estates High School grad Carina Valencia started pitching in with after-school activities for special-needs students. That quickly grew into a presence on the Special Olympics soccer team, and now, on Team Illinois in the national games. "It's a life-changing experience for me," she said.

     
  • After nine trips to state, gymnast ready for USA Games Jun 12, 2014 11:09 AM
    Janna Blowers’ passion for gymnastics started at the age of 5. After competing in Special Olympics for 11 years, the 19-year-old will be representing Illinois at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey next week. “She is very excited,” said mother Betsy Blowers of Campton Hills. “This is going to be her one and only (time). In Illinois, you only get one (chance at nationals).”

     
  • Wildwood Special Olympian takes leadership role on volleyball team Jun 12, 2014 11:08 AM
    Jason Coy isn't boastful, but the Wildwood man has a room full of medals and trophies for his athletic exploits. He's out to earn more as a member of Illinois' volleyball team at the upcoming Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. "He's kind of a coach on the court," said his coach, Amber Bodame.

     
  • Downers Grove man perfect choice to represent Illinois at Special Olympics Jun 12, 2014 11:08 AM
    Jeff Osowski says he was "shocked" when he learned he had been selected for the golf team competing in next week's Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. But those who know the Downers Grove man say he shouldn't be surprised because Jeff is not only a fine golfer, but an even better teammate.

     
  • For peer coach, unified soccer team an ‘eye-opening experience’ Jun 12, 2014 11:05 AM
    Juan Laverde never gave much thought to the athletic aspirations of youngsters with intellectual disabilities. Then he got involved in some eye-opening programs at Neuqua Valley High School and in Special Olympics and discovered just how much some of those athletes have to offer.

     
  • Palatine gymnast aiming high in Special Olympics USA Games Jun 12, 2014 11:06 AM
    When asked what she hopes to accomplish this weekend at the highest level competition in her 10-year athletic career, gymnast Karlee Darow of Palatine does not hesitate. “I want to try to do my best and make sure everyone does a great job too,” Karlee says.

     
  • Teen’s passion for soccer culminates in trip to USA Games Jun 12, 2014 11:06 AM
    Like most Olympians, 17-year-old Matthew Sommerer has spent near a lifetime preparing to compete at the highest levels. In his case, that will be playing soccer for Team Illinois in the upcoming Special Olympics 2014 USA Games games in New Jersey. “I started to play when I was 8 years old,” the Hoffman Estates High School junior says.

     
  • Switch to track and field pays off for Lincolshire Special Olympian Jun 12, 2014 11:06 AM
    Peter Hill has been competing in the Special Olympics since he was a young child living in Virginia. But last year, the 34-year-old Lincolnshire resident switched from softball to track and field. The move paid off, as Peter earned a spot representing Illinois in the upcoming Special Olympics 2014 USA Games, kicking off Saturday in New Jersey.

     
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