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August 24th, 2012
08:15 AM ET

Best Advice: Dana Vollmer

Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer shares the best advice she has ever received.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Best Advice
August 24th, 2012
08:12 AM ET

Can 3-D movie technology improve an athlete's performance? Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer demos the future of athletic training

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Technology
August 17th, 2012
09:54 AM ET

Judo gold medalist's heroic journey – Kayla Harrison on making Olympic history

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 15th, 2012
11:09 AM ET

Female Olympic boxer punches for gold – Claressa Shields on being the first American woman to win gold in boxing

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 10th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr upsets to win gold with a vault of 15 feet, 7 inches

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 10th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

Four-time Olympic diving gold medalist Greg Louganis lends his experience to team USA

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 8th, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Jackie Joyner-Kersee weighs in on today's track and field events at the Olympics

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.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Sports
August 8th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

U.S. female gymnasts continue to dominate at Olympics – Amanda Davies reports

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 6th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin discusses record-setting 100-meter race

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 3rd, 2012
06:21 AM ET

Douglas wins women's all-around gold & Phelps nabs his 16th gold medal- Amanda Davies reports

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.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
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