Seen & heard at the London Olympics

2012-08-12T00:00:00Z Seen & heard at the London OlympicsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 12, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Missy mulls future

Missy Franklin is still leaning toward college over cash. For now, anyway.

A winner of four gold medals in swimming at the London Olympics, the 17-year-old from Colorado said Saturday that she's still leaning toward entering college in 2013 - while acknowledging that her decision has gotten tougher after seeing what opportunities are out there for those who forgo their amateur eligibility and turn professional.

"For right now, I still believe that college is what's going to make me the happiest girl," Franklin said at a U.S. Olympic Committee news conference. "I know what my parents and my friends and my teammates and my coaches want. But we'll definitely have to sit down and talk about that."

By turning pro, Franklin would be eligible to grab endorsement deals that could be worth millions but would cost her the chance of swimming at the collegiate level.

Replay headed to volleyball

The president of volleyball's governing body says video replay will be introduced in time for the world championships.

FIVB President Wei Jizhong says with shots reaching up to 75 mph "a line judge cannot judge this, impossible. (We will) use new technology in the line and above (the) net to solve all the problems."

Wei said the sport would introduce line sensor technology and TV replay for net calls "to guarantee fair play."

By the numbers

400

Jamaican gold medalist in the 100 and 200 meters Usain Bolt said he'd like to try something new. "I definitely do, but I need to talk to my coach. He's leaning toward 400s because I've heard him mumbling. But I'm leaning away from that. … Have you seen the training routine for 400 meter runners? I'll (throw up) a lot more, and I don't want to do that. I like my lunch."

US boxing head promises more

The U.S. Olympic Committee is so disappointed by its medal-less men's boxing team that it will make changes to the sport's national governing body.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun offered no specifics Saturday, although it's clear far more is expected from U.S. fighters, who left the Olympics empty-handed for the first time in team history.

"We're going to sit down and take a hard look at why we are where we are and make some changes," Blackmun said at a news conference.

Syrian hurdler kicked out

A female hurdler from Syria was kicked out of the London Olympics on Saturday after failing a drug test.

The IOC said 400-meter hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine on Aug. 3. Her backup "B" sample confirmed the positive finding.

The 23-year-old athlete finished eighth and last in her first-round heat on Aug. 5.

The IOC said Almouhamad has been disqualified and stripped of her Olympic accreditation.

Quotable

"It's amazing. It's heavy. It's wonderful. It's huge. It's a dream."

- French point guard Celine Dumerc said of her silver medal in women's basketball

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