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Kentuckians Gay, Kiefer will be part of the Olympic spectacle, excitement in Rio de Janeiro

By Claire A. Johnson KyForward intern Two Kentuckians will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which begins Friday. Tyson Gay, who will turn 34 during the games, will compete in the 4×100-meter in track and field. His website calls this “one last lap.” Gay was born in Lexington and graduated from Lafayette High School in 2001. Gay then chased his sport...

Jon Hale: Anthony Davis earns my vote for 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

When you think about the past year in Kentucky sports, it’s likely the first image that jumps to mind is the Wildcats’ run to the program’s eight national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But which face from that memorable season stands out above the rest?   That’s the question I posed to myself when assembling my ballot for the 2012 Lexington...

Jon Hale: Anthony Davis earns my vote
for 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

When you think about the past year in Kentucky sports, it’s likely the first image that jumps to mind is the Wildcats’ run to the program’s eight national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But which face from that memorable season stands out above the rest?   That’s the question I posed to myself when assembling my ballot for the 2012 Lexington...

JSH’s KY: Kentucky’s top 10 sports figures are top-notch – and have amazing stories

You might think every state produces its share of great sports figures, but when you actually examine the statistics it seems our fair Commonwealth of Kentucky has contributed to the wide world of sports on a level that outshines others. I’m talking about not just quantity here, but quality and in terms of people with fascinating stories.   This is my personal and admittedly arbitrary top...

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...

Olympics roundup: Three countries with Ky. alumni qualify for men's relay final

Anthony Davis. (Photo by Jon Hale) Two former Kentucky college athletes competed in the 14th full day of competition at the London Olympics and two of the states other alumni could participate in a track and field final on Saturday after their teams qualified for the event Friday. You can see a rundown of those performances below:   Track and field   Former WKU runner Gavin Smellie ran the...

U.S. Olympian Tyson Gay gives back to Lexington high school track program

Tyson Gay and his former track coach at Lafayette, Ken Northington (Photo provided to FCPS)   This summer, world-class sprinter Tyson Gay teamed up with Gillette to donate $25,000 to Lafayette High School, his alma mater, as part of the global “Get Started” campaign.   “During his time in high school, Tyson was a three-time state champion in the 100 meters and also set the state record...

Olympics roundup: Tyson Gay just misses Olympic medal in men's 100-meter dash

Staff report   Three former Kentucky high school or college athletes competed in the ninth full day of the London Olympics. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Track and field   Tyson Gay. (Photo from Team USA) Lexington native Tyson Gay missed a medal by .01 seconds in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 9.8 seconds. Gay finished behind Jamaicans Usain Bolt...

Olympics roundup: Tyson Gay just misses
Olympic medal in men’s 100-meter dash

Three former Kentucky high school or college athletes competed in the ninth full day of the London Olympics. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Track and field   Tyson Gay. (Photo from Team USA) Lexington native Tyson Gay missed a medal by .01 seconds in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 9.8 seconds. Gay finished behind Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake and...

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...

Lexington sprinter Tyson Gay to miss remainder of 2011 season after hip surgery

Lexington native Tyson Gay, an Olympic sprinter and the U. S. record holder in the 100-meter dash, announced Thursday arthroscopic hip surgery had ended his 2011 season.   “Tyson is being treated at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo. On Tuesday, Dr. Marc Philippon performed an arthroscopic procedure to correct a labral tear in Tyson’s right hip which had been...