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EKU softball coach and mom chases Olympic dreams with her family, trying to make the team

By Morgan Romans EKU Sports Communications Mom – A word many professional athletes don’t hear on the sidelines. But, it’s a word that Eastern Kentucky University softball assistant coach Stacy May-Johnson treasures and hears quite often whether she is coaching defense for the Colonels or playing third base for the Chicago Bandits of National Professional Fastpitch.   From the end of August through...

UK College of Health Sciences alumna serves her community while fulfilling Olympic dream

By Lauren Thompson Special to KyForward Jaclyn Kaylor Donovan has always loved the Olympics. At age 16, she tried out for the 1996 Olympic softball team but unfortunately did not earn a spot. More than two decades later, her Olympic dream finally came to fruition through working with Olympic athletes as an athletic trainer. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, athletic trainers...

Commentary: America can become great again by following the example of our Olympians

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward Say the phrase “make America great again” and it will either lead to heartfelt applause or looks of disdain followed by jeers. In either case, tens if not hundreds of thousands have attended rallies across the country to listen to a man who says he will make America great again. Nary a soul will admit that they don’t want America to be great....

Billy Reed: Rise and fall of Olympian Lochte should be a cautionary tale for young people everywhere

If there is any saving grace about the Ryan Lochte fiasco, it’s the timing of it. It comes when thousands of American students are going off to college, some for the first time. As a part of their orientation, the freshmen will be told about the dangers inherent in being on their own for the first time. They will be warned about parties and the consequences that can come for abusing alcohol or using...

Former UK track and field standout Leah Nugent advances to Olympic semifinals

Former Kentucky track and field standout Leah Nugent had a dramatic Monday night in the Olympics. In the end, the Olympic debutante advanced to the 400-meter hurdles semifinals after a great run, but subsequent notice of disqualification.  Nugent, representing Jamaica, ran 55.66 to place second in the third preliminary heat, seemingly earning an automatic qualifying place. The NCAA Bronze Medalist...

Billy Reed: Our U.S. athletes represent the best of us; Trump, politicians are on the opposite side

This veteran TV watcher – I go back to the days when Milton Berle was king of the black-and-white tube – has been on an unprecedented emotional roller-coaster ride for the last week or so. The Olympic Games bring me up; Donald Trump brings me down. Every time a Michael Phelps or a Simone Biles wins another gold medal, causing my heart to soar, Trump tells a blatant lie or says something obscene...

Commentary: Contemplating greatness, in the Olympics and in the world of education

By Stephen Pruitt Special to KyForward As I watched the opening ceremonies and first few events of the 2016 Summer Olympics this past weekend, I was reminded what an incredible experience the Olympics is. In 1996, when the summer games were held in Atlanta, I had the privilege to work at the track and field venue. Through the athletes’ eyes, I saw both the happy moments, and the moments of sadness...

Team USA, Anthony Davis cap Olympics with gold medal in men's basketball

Anthony Davis. (Photo from Team USA) Staff report   Former UK basketball player Anthony Davis became the youngest American men’s basketball player to win a gold medal with Team USA’s 107-100 win versus Spain Sunday in one of the final events of the London Olympics.   Davis did not score in 37 seconds on the floor at the end of the game, but he did grab the last rebound of the...

Lexington’s Lee Kiefer set for first Olympics
at age 18 as country’s top female foil fencer

By Alex Forkner KyForward Reporter   Lee Kiefer’s Olympic dreams started when she was just a youngster sitting behind a school desk.   “You know how little kids, on their goal sheets that teachers make them fill out, say ‘Oh, I want to be in the Olympics one day’? I always wrote that on mine just as a long-term goal, and now it’s a short-term goal,” 18-year-old Kiefer...

Lexington's Lee Kiefer set for first Olympics at age 18 as country's top female foil fencer

By Alex Forkner KyForward Reporter   Lee Kiefer’s Olympic dreams started when she was just a youngster sitting behind a school desk.   “You know how little kids, on their goal sheets that teachers make them fill out, say ‘Oh, I want to be in the Olympics one day’? I always wrote that on mine just as a long-term goal, and now it’s a short-term goal,” 18-year-old Kiefer...

Tyson Gay finishes second at Olympic Trials, will race at summer games in London

Staff report   Lexington native Tyson Gay is going back to the Olympics.   Tyson Gay (Team USA photo) A second-place finish in the men’s 100 meter dash at the Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon was enough for Gay, a graduate of Lafayette High School, to qualify for a spot on the USA track team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.   “I feel pretty good, just excited to make...