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July 30th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Strug says Team USA gymnastics not out after Wieber elimination

Team USA is in second place Olympic medal count right now, behind China. But the games are already filled with drama.

There was a huge stunner in women's gymnastics, when defending world champion Jordyn Wieber was eliminated from the all-around competition. She placed fourth outscored by her teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.

Kerri Strug can relate. She missed the all-around competition herself. She's also a two-time medalist and created one of the most iconic Olympic moments of all time when she landed the vault on an injured ankle, winning gold for Team USA.

Strug talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning and says despite Wieber's absence from the individual competition, the gymnastics squad is still 'phenomenal' and has potential to surprise people..

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 27th, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Romney advisor responds to backlash the candidate has received by the British press

Mitt Romney is doing damage control this morning after stepping on a few toes during his first few days in London by questioning the city's passion for the Olympics and calling security for the games "disconcerting."

The candidate's comments prompted a slew of negative headlines by the British press, ranging from "Mitt the Twit" in The Sun to "Who Invited Party Pooper Mitt Romney?" in The Daily Mail.

Romney campaign foreign advisor and former Senator Norm Coleman appears on Starting Point today to respond to the backlash Romney has received across the pond.

"The measure of Mitt's visit to the Olympics is not going to be about the headlines in British tabloids," Coleman says. "It's about American people and the American people looking for leadership and Mitt Romney being at the Olympics is a reminder of the kind of leadership they need."

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • 2012 Race • Politics
July 27th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Piers Morgan debates the necessity of gun control, discusses his interview with Romney

CNN's Piers Morgan got the opportunity to sit down with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann in London for an exclusive interview during the candidate's international trip this week.

During the interview, Romney explained his position on gun control, saying, "I think that the effort to continue to look for some law to somehow make violence go away is missing the point. The real point has to relate to individuals that are deranged and distressed and to find them, to help them and to keep them from carrying out terrible acts."

On the show this morning, Piers discusses his interview with the candidate and debates the necessity of gun control with the Starting Point team.

Referencing the Aurora theater shooting, Piers says "I find it very strange that there is such a political impasse about gun control in America, when you have a 24- year-old young man, clearly disturbed, but no history of mental health problems, no history of criminality, so he wouldn't have been flagged up by any warning, is able to go in and buy a high-powered assault weapon, then buy thousands of rounds of ammunition on the Internet, and full military style body armor, and all of this is perfectly legal, and it allows him to then go and commit the worst shooting atrocity in the history of the United States. And even when that happens, nobody on either side is prepared to stand up really in any position of proper power right now and say enough. We need to do something about guns in America."

Responding to panelist Will Cain's point that the right to bear arms is protected in the Second Amendment, Piers responds, "I totally respect the right to bear arms. I just dispute that when the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment - wrote the Constitution originally, when they did this, they did not imagine that a disturbed young man would be able to buy a high-powered assault weapon or thousands of rounds of ammunition on the Internet. These things never entered their heads. They were talking about the musket era. The answer to the worst shooting ever has to be at least some political leadership, doesn't it?"


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Gun control • Mitt Romney
July 26th, 2012
12:27 PM ET

Basketball stars come together for the Olympic Games

To celebrate the upcoming Olympics, Nike's affiliate Jordan Brand is launching a campaign titled "Rise Above," that features a series of videos that look at the obstacles people have had to overcome in order to to rise above their circumstances.

Three superstar basketball players are supporting the campaign: New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, and Maya Moore, forward for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx.

Soledad O'Brien sits down with the basketball players on Starting Point this morning to discuss the initiative and to learn about how the athletes are preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 26th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

Get Real! South Korean flag displayed for North Korean team at Olympic game

The North Korean women's soccer team refused to take the field after the South Korean flag was displayed on the big screen next to players at a game against Colombia yesterday.

After profuse apologies from Olympic organizers, the team eventually returned to the field and the game began about an hour late.

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team discuss the snafu on the show this morning.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Get Real
July 19th, 2012
09:06 PM ET

PREVIEW: Team USA basketball players Carmelo Anthony, Maya Moore and Chris Paul on pressure and excitement of Olympics

In a web preview, Soledad O'Brien's interviews Team USA Olympic athletes Carmelo Anthony, Maya Moore and Chris Paul.

Stay tuned for the full interview airing on "Starting Point" next week.

July 13th, 2012
03:32 PM ET

Designer Nanette Lepore: Bring manufacturing back to US

Designer Nanette Lepore weighs in on the controversy over Team USA Olympic uniforms being manufacturered in China.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 13th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Olympian Dara Torres on USA uniform controversy, athletes hooking up during the olympics and retirement

Newly retired olympian Dara Torres will not be competing in this year’s Olympics but that is not stopping her and many other athletes from weighing in on the recent controversy over USA uniforms that were made in China. Torres says, “We all want to see the global economy do well but here in the US the economy is not too good either. So you know…wearing the US uniform, going out there, representing the United States…would be nice if it was actually made in the United States.”

The Olympic swimmer who also holds 3 world records and 12 olympic medals is sharing her thoughts on soccer star Hope Solo’s comments about partying and hooking up between athletes during the Olympics. Torres says, “Sometimes its tough… everyone is pretty much laser focused and getting ready for the events … the swim teams and teams that I’ve been on were really set in getting ready and focusing on our goals but once the swimming is over…yea the athletes tend to go out and we have our curfews… but its not to say that little things don’t happen here and there.”  The swimming star added, “I mean you’re in a village with the hottest athletes in the world, the most competitive and they’re the top athletes in their sport. So some things are bound to happen here and there.”

Torres who has spent 20 years of competing for Olympic gold admits that she “thought she had a pretty decent shot making the team,” but after coming in 4th in the 2012 olympic trials decided to retire. The 45-year-old says, “I knew I had my work cut out for me…I had lots of obstacles, I had major knee reconstructive surgery, my coach passed away a little over a year ago and so there are a lot of up and downs but you know I went out there, I gave it everything I had and…even though I didn’t make it, I know I left no stones unturned.”

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • A little fun • Authors
July 13th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) on China-made Olympic uniforms: 'Made in America is not just a label, it is an economic solution'

Members of the U.S. Olympic team will be dressed head to toe in red, white and blue when they walk in to London's Olympic stadium in two weeks. Some lawmakers, however, are saying the China-made clothing is anything but patriotic.

The uniforms were designed by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren, a private sponsor of the Olympic team.

Senate Marjority Leader Harry Reid (D- NV) said Thursday, "I am so upset that I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrased. I think they should take all the uniforms put them in a big pile and burn them. And start all over again."

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (R-NY) penned a letter to the United States Olympic Committee Chairman Lawrence Probts that reads in part, "As American fans cheer for our Olympians, we should also be cheering for the American manufacturers and laborers reflected in the red, white and blue on their uniforms... We look forward to seeing the all our uniforms saying Made In America at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia."

Soledad O'Brien speaks with Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) on CNN's "Starting Point" this morning about the Olympic team uniforms. "This is the country that landed a man on the moon," Rep. Israel says. "We should be able to manufacture clothing for our Olympic athletes in London next month."

Rep. Israel, like Sen. Reid, says the uniforms could be manufactured again, on U.S. soil, and be ready for the London games. He adds, "This is a big deal. "Made in America" is not just a label, it is an economic solution."

July 12th, 2012
01:54 PM ET

GET REAL! USA Olympic uniforms made in China

Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team weigh in on the new Ralph Lauren Olympic uniforms for team USA being "Made in China."

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
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