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Thursday Olympic Highlights: Liukin, Johnson Medal In Gymnastics All-Around

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Thursday Olympic Highlights: Liukin, Johnson Medal In Gymnastics All-Around

By Katie DeLong

BEIJING – We’re one week through the summer games of 2008. Friday marks the start of track and field competition. If you didn't catch all of Thursday night's action, here's a summary: Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson won gold and silver medals respectively in the women's all around gymnastics competition. Michael Phelps won the 200 meter individual medley race Thursday night, his sixth gold medal of these games. Several other American swimmers won medals, including golds for Ryan Lochte and Rebecca Soni. Two Olympians have been kicked out of the games for doping. A North Korean who won silver and bronze medals for pistol shooting and a Vietnamese artistic gymnast both tested positive for banned substances. A Swedish wrestler could be disciplined for his tantrum after winning a bronze medal. He was so upset with the judges that he took off his medal, dropped it on the mat and walked away. He thought he should have won a gold medal. The IOC will call a disciplinary hearing. A local Olympian will come back to Wisconsin with a gold medal, but swimmer Garett Weber-Gale fell short in his latest race. The Fox Point athlete swam in the semi finals of the 50 meter freestyle race Thursday night, but he did not swim fast enough to make Friday night's finals. Weber-gale's dad sent an e-mail to TODAY’S TMJ4 after Thursday night's semifinal. It says: "I saw this morning that the USA has had something like ten gold medal performances. Garrett has one of them. Pretty sweet for your first, or any, Olympics. I'm sure he's a little disappointed. We certainly are not." It's a little early to proclaim a swimming boom in America, but the success of Michael Phelps at the Olympics seems to be having an impact. Pools and swim clubs are seeing more people, who show up with an interest in speeding across the water. “A lot of people who come in, and they're novice swimmers, really just want to learn about the strokes, they want to learn what Michael’s doing.” “When I watch the Olympics at home I get excited, so when I grow up I can be like Michael,” one child said.
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