Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer shares the best advice she has ever received.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Dana Vollmer won the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly and broke the world record. But her journey isn't over: She wants to swim faster.
The same movie magic technology that created creatures in James Cameron's "Avatar" is now helping Vollmer improve her swimming performance.
This morning on "Early Start," Vollmer talks with John Berman to demonstrate the amazing technology, along with Olympic movement advisor Milton Nelms and Chris Bregler, CEO of Manhattan Mocap that created the equipment.
She's part of Olympic history!
Kayla Harrison won the first gold medal in judo for the United States at the 2012 Olympics.
She sent out to be an Olympic champion going into the games and she succeeded – and she's only 22! But her road to victory was filled with struggle, and her story proves just how strong she really is.
Kayla talks with Zoraida on "Early Start" this morning about her historic win. Check out the video clip above.
Claressa Shields is a 17-year-old US boxer who scored a triple knockout at the 2012 Olympics. She's the first American to win gold in Olympic boxing. She won the first-ever women's boxing middleweight competition.
She was also the only American boxer - man or woman - to win gold in London AND she's the second youngest boxer ever to win gold. Shields received a very emotional hero's welcome home in Flint, Michigan.
This morning on "Early Start," John Berman talks with Shields about the thrill of winning gold and that little matter of sticking her tongue out at her opponent. See the interview in the clip above.
The Olympics is full of stories of sacrifice and determination and for pole vaulter Jenn Suhr her journey is no different.
Recently, in the London 2012 Olympics, she fought through injuries and adversity to claim her spot at the top. As a result, she was able to stun the Russian favorite to win the women's pole vault competition with a vault 15 feet, 7 inches.
On "Starting Point," Suhr talks about her journey and other Olympians participating in the 2012 Olympics.
Today, team USA continues to turn up the heat at the 2012 London Olympics after take the lead with 90 medals total. A lot of attention is expected to be focused on the pool, as two Americans vie for the men's 10-meter dive.
David Boudia and Nick McCrory have already won a bronze together in the men's 10m platform synchronized dive. That is the first medal for men's diving since the 1996 Atlanta games. 4-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis has been an athlete mentor for USA Diving since 2010. Louganis believes Boudia is America's best shot at gold because “he’s been on the international stage a little bit longer, he’s more seasoned. He was a silver medalist at the world championships last year.”
The diving legend also talks about his personal experience at the Olympics, particularly how homophobia led to his distance from USA Diving.
It was both a good and bad day for American track and field athletes at the Olympics yesterday. Runner Leo Manzano came from behind to win a silver medal in the men's 1500 meter final, but Lolo Jones faced disappointment when she missed a bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles by one tenth of a second.
More track and field events are coming up today at the Games, including a shot for the American women to medal in long jump, an event that hasn't been won by an American since 1988.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the last American to win gold in the event and she joins Early Start this morning to weigh in on the various competitions on the agenda today.
U.S. women's gymnastics finished on a high note in London yesterday. Gymnast Ali Raisman won two medals, taking gold in the floor exercise and bronze in the beam competition.
Fellow American and all-around champion Gabby Douglas didn't fare as well as her teammate, taking a fall on the beam to finish seventh.
CNN's Amanda Davies recaps yesterday's events on Early Start this morning and explains what's in store at the Olympics today.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt defended his title as the world's fastest man Sunday, grabbing gold in the men's 100-meter race by setting an Olympic record with a time of 9.63.
Yohan Blake, also of Jamaica, took the silver medal while Justin Gatlin of the United States won bronze. The American sprinter set a personal best of 9.79 seconds.
Gatlin joins Early Start this morning to discuss the race and Bolt's historic win.
Sixteen-year-old American gymnast Gabby Douglas became the third straight American and the first African-American to win the women's all-around gold medal last night in London.
Beginning with a stellar vault and ending with a dazzling floor routine, Douglas cemented her legacy and completed her meteoric rise from unfocused teen to Olympic champion.
Swimmer Michael Phelps also avenged his earlier loss to fellow American Ryan Lochte, winning his 16th gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley.
CNN's Amanda Davies discusses these big wins on Early Start this morning and explains what's coming up in the Olympics over the weekend.
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