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Ray Ewry won eight gold medals in track and field during the 1900, 1904 and 1908 Olympic Games. For 12 years, he held the world record for most Olympics medals won by any competitor, summer or winter.

INDOT will name a portion of U.S. 52 and 231 between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road in West Lafayette for Ewry, who was born in Lafayette and received an engineering degree from Purdue.

Ewry dominated the standing long jump, standing triple jump and standing high jump events in the first three Olympics of the 20th century.

Boudia Wins Gold!

Aug 11, 2012

David Boudia said he wanted to enjoy the Olympic experience in London more than his first time around four years ago in Beijing.

That shouldn't be too hard.

The former Purdue diver won gold in the individual ten meter platform event, Saturday.

He topped China's Qiu Bo by less than two points with Britain's Tom Daley winning bronze.  Bo came into the games as the heavy favorite.

Boudia almost didn't even get the chance to compete for gold.  He was the final qualifier into the semifinals after a slow start, Friday.

Patterson out of javelin competition

Aug 7, 2012

Former Purdue athlete Kara Patterson will not advance to the finals of the javelin in the Olympics.

She finished 15th in the qualifying rounds this morning in London.

Only the top 12 athletes move on to the finals.

Patterson injured her left knee in the U-S Olympic trials July 1st.

She revealed today that she actually tore her ACL at that event.

Boudia's Olympics focused on journey

Jul 27, 2012

Olympic diving in the United States is in a bit of a drought.  The last U.S. Olympic gold in the sport came 20 years ago and no American diver has earned a spot anywhere on the medals stand in the past two games. 

But, a former Purdue diver, who will compete in two events in London, is hoping to spark an American resurgence.

Hand stands, running starts, back flips.

No matter how David Boudia dives from the top of the ten meter platform into the water, it’s always fast and always aggressive.  It’s like he’s attacking the sky. But coming down, he’s graceful.

Purdue alum Penny Taylor competed in the 200 meter breaststroke in the 1948 Olympic games in London.  She talks to WBAA's Sam Klemet about the experience, as well as opening new doors for female athletes, her time at Purdue, and her career after the Games.

The Debris

Keith Carter finished his junior year at Purdue with big summer plans. The swimmer was heading to London to compete in the Olympics.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Carter about his swimming career and silver medal win in London.

Greg Louganis Discusses Olympics, Boudia

Jul 23, 2012

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis talks with WBAA's Sam Klemet about his experience in the games and his role as mentor of former Purdue diver David Boudia who is competing in two diving events in London.