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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sidelines: Another Rolla Olympian, sort of

  • Last week I stated that Chantae McMillan is the only Olympic qualifier from Rolla in recent memory.And as far as I know, that’s accurate.Sort of.There have been other Olympians with Rolla ties. Tyrone Smith is a Missouri S&T graduate who is heading to his second Olympic Games thi...
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  • Last week I stated that Chantae McMillan is the only Olympic qualifier from Rolla in recent memory.
    And as far as I know, that’s accurate.
    Sort of.
    There have been other Olympians with Rolla ties. Tyrone Smith is a Missouri S&T graduate who is heading to his second Olympic Games this summer, representing Bermuda in track and field (long jump).
    McMillan went from grade school kid to all-state high schooler in Rolla; she really grew up here. We claim her as one of our own. Last week she qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games as part of the U.S. Track and Field Team, in the women’s heptathlon.
    However, there is another Olympian who got her start in Rolla. Literally.
    Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, was born in Rolla and spent the first six months of her life here before her family moved away.
    Miller was a gold medalist in the balance beam at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was the most successful American athlete, by medal count, at the 1992 Barcelona Games. In all she captured 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991-96.
    Recently Miller is one of several athletes who have donated one or more medals to the children being treated at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Southern California.
    Current U.S. Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi is attempting to persuade people across the country to donate 2,012 medals to the children being treated at the hospital before the gun goes off to start the London Olympic marathon event on Aug. 12. So far, 1,151 medals have been collected.
    You don’t have to be an Olympian to be involved in this project; just someone who has won a medal and wants to help.
    Anyone interested in donating medals to the project can get information at http://lomalindahealth.org/childrens-hospital/about us/foundation/medals-of-courage/index.page
    Weems Gets Chance
    Former Missouri State University men’s basketball player Kyle Weems on Friday landed a spot on the Golden State Warriors’ 2012 Summer League roster.
    The Golden State summer league team includes 21 players – 17 rookies and four players with one year of NBA experience.
    Weems had been hoping to be selected in last week’s NBA Draft, but was overlooked in the two rounds. He was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference player and led the Missouri State Bears in scoring and rebounding this past season at 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds.
    Heat Takes Flag
    Due to the soaring heat index, Lebanon I-44 Speedway has decided to cancel its racing program for this Saturday (July 7).
    The Hardee’s Sportsman ‘Lucky 21’ twin features will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 28. The July 14 weekend will also be quiet at I-44 Speedway due to the Laclede County Fair.
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