12 THE WARRIOR September 5, 2008 SPORTS
Tiger Woods or Michael Phelps By Danny Hittler and Nathan Farrokhian
Michael Phelps and Tiger athletes. Recently Tiger came from behind
Woods are used to excelling in their sports and won the US Open with a broken leg
and winning on a regular basis, yet who and a torn ACL. Currently he is recovering
could be considered the more dominant from these injuries, yet will return in
athlete? Phelps recently become the another five months. According to Golf
first Olympic athlete to win eight gold Digest, when he returns he will continue his
medals. On the other hand, Tiger has many journey to break every major golf record.
major tournament victories under his belt. Recently Michael Phelps
As an amateur, Tiger had competed in his third Olympic games in
eleven tournament wins before turning Beijing. In 2000 Sydney Olympics, at
professional in August of 1996. That same the age of 15, he competed in the 200m
year he was named “PGA Tour Rookie of Butterfly and took 5th place. After a
the Year” and also won Sports Illustrated’s promising start to his international career,
“Sportsman of the Year.” The next year he he continued to Athens in 2004, winning
won the most prestigious golf tournament, six gold medals and two bronze medals.
The Masters, He set two world records and became the
by a record face of the USA swim team. He completed
twelve strokes. in many other tournaments, after Athens,
Woods has won adding more gold medals to his record.
14 major golf In Beijing, he won eight gold medals
championships, and set seven world records, becoming a
which is the household name. Phelps is known today
second most of as the best overall swimmer in the world.
any male player As AJ Sprauve said, “I believe
of all time. He Tiger is a better athlete, because golf
also has the is a much harder sport to be dominant
third most PGA at. Your competing against 120 other
Tour wins with people at each tournament, rather than
65. He has won just seven.” However, Thomas Zellner
tournament after said, “Phelps is better because he swam
tournament and more races then anyone has ever has,
is one of the and still got first in each one.” Who do
world’s most think is best? We will let you decide
r e c o g n i z e d .
Beijing Olympics 2008
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Games leaving a sour taste in their mouths.
4x100 medley relay. She also received three American sprinter, Wallace Spearmon,
bronze medals winning her a total of five thought he had the bronze medal secured
medals for her 2008 Olympics. Coughlin in the 200m dash; however he was
was not the only women swimmer to make disqualified for running out of his lane.
history this Olympics, 41 year old Dara American Shawn Crawford was bumped
Torres became the first American female up to silver, while American Walter Dix
swimmer to swim in a total of five Olympics. was awarded bronze. The biggest upset in
Torres swam in three events winning silver Track and Field this year was when reining
in all of them, which gave her a total of champion, Tyson Gay, failed to qualify for
twelve Olympic medals in her career. the 100m dash. However, Gay received
Returning to the beach volleyball even more bad fortune when he and U.S.
courts to defend their Olympic gold’s from team mate dropped the baton in their
the Athens Olympics, was Misty May- 4x100m relay. The bad luck continued
Treanor and her partner Kerri Walsh. to Lolo Jones in the 100 hurdles finals.
May and Walsh are rated number one and Jones was the favorite to win this event
number two on the victory list. As they came and was out ahead of the competition when
to Beijing they had not lost a match since she tripped on the second to last hurdle
August 19, 2007 and were concentrating and ended up not medaling. On the other
hard on every match to keep it that way. hand, the American relay teams for men
On August 21, May and Walsh defeated and women shined a little bit of light on
the top-ranked Chinese team, Tian Jia the American track and field teams when
and Wang Jie, in two games with a score they both won gold in the 4x400 relays.
of 21-18 and 21-18 to win their second The Olympic Games ended on
consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball August 24 giving the United States their
and receiving their own fairy tale ending. fairy tale ending. The United States
May and Walsh had some difficult matches finished with 36 golds, 38 silvers, and
in which they had even fallen behind their 36 bronzes to make their total medal
opponents, however they stuck together count to 110. The United States won
and became the first team in history to more medals than any other nation at the
The USA Olympic gymnastic team poses on the podium after winning their Olympic medals.
win consecutive gold medals in beach Beijing Olympics. However, the U.S. was
volleyball. Phil Dalhausser and teammate Johnson won four medals at the Olympic which brought his Olympic medal total to ranked number 2 in the Olympics finishing
Todd Rogers also won the gold medal for Games including gold on the balance beam two. There was a big controversy in the right behind China who received 51 gold
America in the men’s beach volleyball and silver in the team competition, all- gymnastics games over the true age of some medals. Many American athletes made
finals defeating Marcio Araujo and Fabio around, and floor exercises. Liukin won of the Chinese gymnast, but the American history and also made America proud. As
Luiz Magalhaes of Brazil. Dalhausser five medals in the Olympic Games and continued to compete to their top levels. all the athletes said good-bye to Beijing at
was named men’s beach volleyball most tied the United States gymnastics record of In Track and Field, Usain Bolt, the closing ceremonies, Beijing also said
outstanding player in the Beijing Olympics, winning five medals in a single Olympics the Jamaican sprinter, received the title for good-bye to the Olympic flag as it handed
while May was named most outstanding with Mary Lou Retton. Liukin’s medals the “World’s Fastest Man” by setting new the flag to London for the 2012 Olympics.
player for women’s beach volleyball. included, gold in all-around, silvers in team world records in the 100m and 200m dashes
In Gymnastics, Shawn Johnson, competition, balance beam, and uneven and beating Michael Johnson’s twelve
Nastia Liukin, and Jonathon Horton came bars, and bronze in the floor exercise. year old record. The American sprinters
through for the United States gymnast team. Horton won silver in the horizontal bars performed average at these Olympic