Tag Archives: olympics

2012 London Olympics


As the week comes to a close, our eyes turn to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Although there are no athletes originally from North Dakota competing in the games, there are several college alumni to root for! Athletes include former North Dakota State University standout Amanda (Thieschafer) Smock and Dickinson State University’s Ramon Miller, Derrick Atkins and Trevor Barry.

Smock, originally from Melrose, Minn., attended NDSU from 2001-2004 and was a three-time NCAA Division II national champion and 13-time All-American. Smock holds the NDSU outdoor triple jump record of 43 feet, ½ inch and indoor triple jump record of 42 feet, 4½ inches. She qualified for the Olympic triple jump in June, booking her trip to London with a winning 45-9 at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Women’s triple jump preliminaries will be August 3 at 4:25 a.m., CDT.

A pair of Bahamian sprinters and a jumper formerly at Dickinson State also will be competing in track and field.

Miller, a 15-time NAIA All-American, will represent the Bahamas in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dash. Miller set the DSU school record of 45.42 in the 400 in 2009. The first round of the men’s 200-meter dash is August 7 at 5:50 a.m. and the first round of the men’s 400-meter will be August 4 at 4:35 a.m.

Former Blue Hawk Derrick Atkins will be competing in the men’s 100-meter dash and Trevor Barry will be competing in the men’s high jump. Atkins set the DSU school record of 20.81 in the 200-meter dash in 2005. The men’s 100-meter preliminaries start August 4 at 4 a.m.

Barry, who in 2006 set DSU records in the long jump with a leap of 25 feet, 8 inches and the high jump with a 7-3 inches, will be begin high jump prelims on August 5 at 1:05 p.m.

If these Olympians inspire you, North Dakota has several competitions coming up. The Bismarck Marathon is September 15 and offers a full or half marathon, full marathon relay, 10-K or 5-K run. The Maah Daah Hey 100 mountain bike race though the Badlands August 18 concludes in Medora.

For more events and races around North Dakota, check out our website at


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Let the games begin!

We are down to 1 day until the games begin! The excitement of the Prairie Rose State Games is geared up and ready to hit the road, track, pool, or court on Friday, July 9th. Prairie Rose State Games (PRSG) is a multi-sport festival for North Dakota’s amateur athletes. Patterned after the Olympic tradition, the Games encourage participation of all ages and skill levels. With the common bond of grassroots participation, PRSG brings people together from all walks of life in a spirit of friendship and competition and offers a source of recognition for athletes. From the pageantry of the Opening Ceremony, to the awarding of medals, athletes and spectators will enjoy a memorable event unlike anything else in North Dakota. So come one, come all and best of luck to all the athletes! The opening ceremony starts at 7 pm on Friday the 9th at the Bismarck Community Bowl.


Tags: , , , , ,

Olympic hockey has us cheering

They wore the same colors when they played for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, but last night Zach Parise (USA) and Jonathan Toews (Canada) were on opposing sides.  One of the most talked-about matches at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver was the USA vs. Canada men’s ice hockey pairing, which the U.S.’s came away from victorious, 5-3.  For North Dakotans – it’s fun watching former stand-outs from the “home team.”  So far at these Olympic games, Parise has three assists on his record and Toews has four.

Twin sisters, Monique (7) and Jocelyne Lamoureux, photo by Brad Olson

Today, the U.S. women’s team will face Sweden in playoff semifinals.  North Dakota’s Lamoureux sisters Jocelyne and Monique have aided the U.S.’s overwhelming goal-count at these games.  Monique has notched up one goal and six assists, with Jocelyne netting two goals, two assists.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,