London Olympics http://nhpr.org en The Mile Still Matters To Track & Field http://nhpr.org/post/mile-still-matters-track-field <p>Track and field has a numbers problem. As in, there are just too many of them. The 60, 26.2, 4-by-8, 2-oh-3, 5, 8, 10k&hellip;</p><p>Back in the 1950s, there was one number that mattered.</p><p><em>&quot;I think there are only a handful of achievements like breaking 4 minutes for the first time, in any sport, that comes close to what Roger Bannister has done.&quot;&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 9849 at http://nhpr.org The Mile Still Matters To Track & Field Olympic Kayak Paddles Made in New Hampshire: A Family Legacy http://nhpr.org/post/olympic-kayak-paddles-made-new-hampshire-family-legacy <p>Earlier this week, at the London Olympics, the American team competed in the double canoe slalom. That&rsquo;s when two men kneel inside a kayak and work together to navigate an obstacle course on whitewater rapids. If you watched this on NBC, you might have caught a glimpse of a pair of paddles made in New Hampshire.</p><p>In rustic Canaan, New Hampshire, Peter Mitchell is hard at work sanding a freshly carved double-bladed kayak paddle.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 21:25:16 +0000 Ryan Lessard 9932 at http://nhpr.org Olympic Kayak Paddles Made in New Hampshire: A Family Legacy South Sudanese/Granite State Phenom's Story Spreads Far and Wide http://nhpr.org/post/south-sudanesegranite-state-phenoms-story-spreads-far-and-wide <p>Guor Marial is a South Sudanese refugee who spent his high school years in <a href="http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/life-on-the-run">Concord</a>. He has now qualified to run the Olympic marathon.</p><p>In the past few weeks he&rsquo;s had a lot of press: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/story/2012-07-26/London-Olympics-Mike-Lopresti-Guor-Marial/56522722/1">Time Magazine</a>, <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/23/south-sudan-refugee-independent-olympic">the Guardian</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-la-la-sp-on-guor-marial-olympics-20120721,0,7071095.story">The Chicago Tribune</a>, the Associated Press, and too many other publications to name&nbsp;have run profiles on him. Marial&rsquo;s story has spread so far because it&rsquo;s basically the perfect Olympic story. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 9663 at http://nhpr.org South Sudanese/Granite State Phenom's Story Spreads Far and Wide How Many Calories Do Olympic Athletes Need? It Depends http://nhpr.org/post/how-many-calories-do-olympic-athletes-need-it-depends Food, as we so often note on this blog, means a lot of different things to different people. To Olympic athletes, food is fuel for exceptional athletic performance. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:46:00 +0000 9482 at http://nhpr.org How Many Calories Do Olympic Athletes Need? It Depends