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					12 THE WARRIOR                                                                                                                  September 5, 2008                      SPORTS
Tiger Woods or Michael Phelps                                                                             By Danny Hittler and Nathan Farrokhian
                                                                                                          Staff Writers
                                                                                                          	      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

				
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