For Oregon hoopheads the name Kevin Love is a familiar one. Kevin grew up playing basketball at Lake Oswego High School before playing in college at UCLA and eventually finding his way to the Minnesota Timberwolves. 2012 was Kevin’s breakout NBA season and he was rewarded with a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. Kevin took some time to talk about his fondest Oregon memories, what it means to play for Team USA, and how to break a national news story on social media.
Bend high school swimmer Tommy Brewer is a rising star. Only 15, Brewer qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in swimming, his first major national meet experience. Brewer gained an enormous amount of experience, both in the pool and in dealing with the crowd, the media exposure, and the sheer enormity of the U.S. Olympic swimming scene. Tommy spoke with 1859 prior to the Trials about what making the Trials means for his career and what his future goals are.
Amy Yoder Begley is a Nike-sponsored distance runner living in Portland. A 2008 Olympian and member of the 2009 World Championship team, Begley was a favorite to make the 2012 Olympics in the 10,000 meters until a series of Achilles’ injuries derailed her preparations. Forced to withdraw from the Trials in order to recover, Begley has to sit on the sidelines as her competition heads to London. She took time out of her recovery to speak with 1859 about being injured in an Olympic year and how she has been coping.
Kelsey Campbell never dreamed of being an Olympian when she went out for the wrestling team at Milwaukie High School. But after taking to the sport like a fish to water, she has been a wrestler on the rise. She spoke with 1859 about qualifying for her first Olympic team and bouncing back from a career-crippling defeat in 2011.
Long before they came back in smaller craft, the Spanish, the English and the French hoisted sails in the names of their crowns and pulled up the windy Columbia Gorge. Explorers first, they admired the sheer basalt cliffs, the towering pines and the plunging falls along her banks. As sailors, though, they took note of the strong wind in the Gorge.