Thursday, August 9, 2012
T.C. Williams alum Terrence Jennings captures a bronze medal in taekwondo in dying seconds of his match.
Alexandrian Terrence Jennings is bringing home a medal from the London Olympics. Jennings claimed bronze in the 150-pound weight class in taekwondo on Thursday at the ExCel South Arena 1 in London, defeating Brazilian Diogo Silva 8-5 on a late kick. With the match tied 5-5 late in the third round, Jennings went for a head kick in the dying seconds of the match. Initially, the match official did not award the kick but Jennings’ appeal was granted, giving him three points, the match and a bronze medal. Jennings was defeated in his first preliminary match on Thursday, falling to world No. 1 Servet Tazegul of Turkey, 8-6. Tazegul went on to reach the gold-medal match, which earned Jennings a spot in a repechage pool. The 2004 T.C. Williams …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Olympics for the whole family.
Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics? I’m pretty excited about cheering on Team USA for the next few weeks. The Olympic Games will run from July 27 to Aug. 12, and the Paralympic Games follow from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. I was a high school kid in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Although the games only lasted a few weeks, the fervor started months, even years, in advance. Energy was high, the whole city was engaged in some way and I had tickets. I can remember the excitement like it was yesterday. Having the Olympic Games in my backyard made it easy to get caught up in the spirit of things. But when you’re stuck with watching events on television, all the fuss can seem sort of abstract for a kid. So, how do …
Friday, July 27, 2012
You could win a Patch prize pack and a $25 Visa gift card by answering these questions.
More than a dozen athletes from Virginia and several from D.C. are already in London preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, which start with the opening ceremony Friday. In honor of them (and to have a little fun), we've put together this trivia contest on local Olympic athletes past and present. If you answer all of these questions correctly by putting your answers in the comments section below, we'll put you in a drawing to win a Patch prize pack in addition to a $25 VISA gift card. One winner will be contacted via email the week of Aug. 12, 2012. Here are the questions: 1. Which 1982 Robinson Secondary School graduate ran in the men’s decathalon in Barcelona in 1992? 2. Which Olympian, who now lives in the District, was the …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Meet the local athletes from Virginia who will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are today. They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle. 529 athletes from 45 states will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They are competing in events as diverse as athletics, fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For these Virginia athletes, the Games are the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in. Here are a few quick facts about your Northern Virginia Olympians! Terrence Jennings Sex : Male Taekwondo Event / position / class : 68kg Age : 25 From : Alexandria See: T.C. William Grad Heads to the Olympics Giuseppe Lanzone Sex : Male Rowing Event / position / class : Eight Age…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
London Games are just a week away.
The London Summer Olympics officially get underway with the opening ceremonies on July 27 and we want to know what events Alexandrians are most interested in. Are the track and field events the biggest draw for you? Is it the gymnastics or swimming competitions that get you excited? Maybe you like watching the pros compete at the Olympic level in basketball or tennis? Or maybe it’s something a little more off the radar like weightlifting or the canoe slalom? Take our poll below and let us know what event will get you to tune in to the London Olympics over the next few weeks. Locally, Alexandrian Terrence Jennings is gunning for the gold medal in the taekwando competition in the 150-pound weight class. The T.C. Williams graduate picked up …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Terrence Jennings, 25, has become a taekwondo sensation.
Alexandrian Terrence Jennings is an Olympian. The 25 year old started his journey to taekwondo stardom through a chance stop at a taekwondo kiosk at Landmark Mall when he was 10. At the U.S. Olympic trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., in March, Jennings defeated the reigning Olympic silver medal winner, Mark Lopez, to earn his slot in the 150-pound class. “My goal is for the gold medal,” Jennings told The Washington Post. “That would be the top of the top, icing on the cake. I don’t think there could be anything better than standing on top of the podium hearing my national anthem being played. ... I don’t believe in crying, but I don’t think I’d be able to stop myself. Just thinking about it gives me chills.” Jennings is a graduate of T.C. …