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Most riders will complete the 31-mile loop that begins at Two Mile Prairie School off Highway Z in Columbia. Pro racers will tackle the loop twice for a 62-mile race.
Race car driver Carl Edwards, a Columbia native, was honored Monday by Missouri senators for his NASCAR championship.
The Missouri Grand Prix swim meet concluded its last finals session Monday, but all signs point to the meet being put on again next year.
Adam Ritter and Caitlin Leverenz are encouraged about their chances of making the Olympics after their performances thus far at the Missouri Grand Prix.
If the last day of the Missouri Grand Prix swimming meet goes anything like the first two, the record books might have to be completely rewritten. Sunday’s finals session saw meet records fall in nine of 10 events and pool records fall in eight of 10.
Katie Hoff broke a long-standing record in the 400-free, and Kirsty Coventry broke the world record in the 200-back in the Missouri Grand Prix’s first finals session.
In honor of the Missouri Gran Priz, the Missourian offers assorted facts and tidbits about the sport.
Mary Descenza, a swimmer on the U.S. National Team, is less focused on making money and more on having fun.
Hansen will swim in the preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle and the 200-backstroke today. He competes in the preliminaries of the 200-breaststroke Saturday and the 100-breaststroke Sunday. The Grand Prix marks the first long-course meet — the same format as the Olympic trials and the Olympics — that Hansen has competed in since the U.S. National Championships in August.
Ben Askren was selected to be on the USA wrestling World Cup team that is competing at the 2008 World Cup for freestyle wrestling this weekend in Russia.
The group starts its runs at 5:30 a.m. on Saturdays when the sky is still dark and most people are asleep. Brett Barton, creator of the group, said the early start time prevents interruptions in members’ daily lives.
Flowers, like WIN, has a goal of promoting recognition and equality in women’s athletics. Flowers stressed to her audience to never give up on their dreams. “At times when you feel like you want to give up, you should always surround yourself with positive people who won’ let you,” Flowers said.
The Columbia College women’s basketball team will look to take sole possession of second place in the American Midwest Conference when they travel to Lebanon, Ill. to take on McKendree.
Several venues are hosting watch parties for Tuesday’s Cotton Bowl between the MU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
While fans may say a playoff system would be fair, which teams would get into the playoffs and which ones wouldn’t?
The Hickman and Rock Bridge girls swimmers competed against five schools from around Missouri at Saturday's meet.
Missouri's Ben Askren is adapting his style, in hopes of competing in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
All the excitement of Little League World Series regional action will be coming to Columbia beginning next year.