Olympics Primer: Tennessee Edition


Watching the Olympics? If you're not, you should be. Because besides being the greatest spectacle on Earth, the summer games are providing their fair share of "Go America!" moments. The latest came last night when the relay team led by Michael Phelps won the gold in the second-closest race in history. The Americans destroyed the previous world-record by four seconds and kept alive Phelps' hopes of going 8-for-8 this summer. More important, they edged out the trash-talking French team who had said they were going to "smash" the Americans. For those more regionally inclined, there's also a fair share of Tennessee competitors, including the first in-state medal winner... Former UT swimmer Christine Magnuson won Silver in the women's 100M butterfly, becoming the first of 15 Volunteer competitors to medal in the games. Other notables include former Lady Vols Tamika Catchings, Candace Parker, and Kara Lawson, all members of the women's basketball team that's favored to win a gold. Both Vanderbilt and East Tennessee have one representative apiece. Casey Weathers, former standout pitcher for the Commodores, will be playing for USA Baseball, while Tennessee State head track coach Chandra Cheeseborough will be making her fourth Olympic appearance, this time on the sidelines. If all that sounds like too much to keep track of though, here's a simplified version: Go Tennessee. Go America.

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