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August 7th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Former Olympian Dan O'Brien discusses athelete Ashton Eaton & tomorrow's decathlon

The men's decathlon, one of the most grueling, endurance-intensive Olympic competitions, is set to begin tomorrow.

The competition happens over the span of two days, during which athletes compete in ten activities, ranging from the 100-meter sprint, to the long jump and the discus.

During the U.S. trials last month, American Ashton Eaton broke the decathlon world record, earning 9,039 points. Eaton is favored to also win tomorrow's competition.

Until Eaton's record-setting performance, Dan O'Brien held the American record in the decathlon for twenty years. O'Brien also won three consecutive world titles and a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.

O'Brien joins Starting Point this morning to explain how he felt when Eaton broke his record and to weigh in on the upcoming competition.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Sports
August 6th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Olympic long jumper Bob Beamon discusses Usain Bolt's record-breaking sprint

Once again proving that he's the world's fastest man, Jamaica's Usain Bolt shattered the Olympic record at the men's 100 meter race yesterday, grabbing a time of 9.63 seconds.

While Bolt may have the newest Olympic record, American athlete Bob Beaman has the oldest.

In 1968, the long jumper created one of the greatest Olympic moments of all time. Seeming to defy physics, Beaman jumped 8.9 meters, or more than 29 feet, at the Mexico City games and his record still stands.

Beaman joins Starting Point this morning to discuss his record-breaking moment and to respond to Bolt's performance at the Olympics over the weekend.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 3rd, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Former gymnast Dominique Dawes explains what Gabby Douglas can expect now that she's won gold

America's new golden girl Gabby Douglas became the third straight American and the first African-American to win the women's individual all around gymnastics gold medal in London last night.

The 16-year-old gymnast led from the start of the competition and performed nearly flawlessly on all four events, beating out Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina.

Fellow American Aly Raisman finished with the same score as Mustafina, but missed out on the bronze medal because of a tie-breaker rule that combined scores from the top three routines for each girl.

Dominique Dawes, a member of the "Magnificent Seven" on the 1996 gold-medal winning team, is the only other African American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in gymnastics.

Dawes sits down with Soledad O'Brien on Starting Point this morning to discuss the significance of Douglas' win for the African American community and to respond to people who have been criticizing the gymnast's hair.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 2nd, 2012
05:55 PM ET

Hamm: It's not over for Team USA men's gymnasts

Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm on Team USA men's gymnastics upset after the team placed in fifth place.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 2nd, 2012
05:50 PM ET

Team USA 2012 bronze medalist Weir on this year's swimming success at the games

Amanda Weir, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist for USA Swimming, on her big win and Team USA's success so far in the games.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 2nd, 2012
05:33 PM ET

Stunning images of Olympic history – Getty Images's Jonathan Klein on using cutting-edge 3-D photography in the games

Getty Images co-founder and CEO Jonathan Kelin on using cutting-edge technology to document the Olympics.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 1st, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Greatness vs. success for Phelps?

Seven-Time Olympic Medalist swimmer Aaron Peirsol on what Michael Phelps's medal legacy will mean for Olympic history.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
August 1st, 2012
08:05 AM ET

Dawes: 'Fab Five' US gymnastics team out from 1996 shadow

Two American gymnasts are looking for redemption tonight in the men's individual all-around. They follow the women's team's incredible performance last night in London.

The 'fab five' just won the second American gold for women's team gymnastics in the Olympics. The first was in 1996 when Dominique Dawes and her teammates took the top spot in the Atlanta games.

Dawes is now an Olympic analyst for FoxSports.com, and a member of the First Lady's Olympic Delegation.

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Dawes reacts to Team USA coach's claim the 2012 gymnastics team is better than 1996 team.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
12:52 PM ET

The upside to men's gymnastics upset

Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm on using Team USA's men's gymnastics upset as a learning experience.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Learning from men's gymnastics upset

Olympic gymnasts Alicia Sacramone and John Roethlisberger on the pressures of competing at the Olympic level.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
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