My dad gets really, really into things.
You might have heard of him, or met him, or heard his voice booming across the field from the stands at York Revolution games. He’s Jon Sprenkle, commonly known as Farmer Jon.
The view down the lane on my parents’ farm in West Manchester Township, set up with “hurdles” in the form of hay bales. My dad, Jon Sprenkle, tested himself by setting up his own “farmboy decathlon” on the final day of the Olympics. (Submitted)
He’s built his own guns and musical instruments, he brews his own beer, he sings in his church choir, he spent a week by himself in the Shenandoahs, and he “plays along” with whatever sporting events are in season. He’ll hop on his bike and ride York County’s biggest hills during the mountain stages of the Tour de France. He’ll grab his tennis racket when Wimbledon begins. During the 2010 Vancouver Olympics — which fell in the midst of York County’s snowiest winter in recent memory — he set up a biathlon course on one of his cornfields. You know, biathlon. Cross-country skiing, followed by target shooting. He even set up a penalty lap for when he missed a shot.
So we eagerly awaited his decision for how he was going to “play along” with the London Games. I guessed he might try the modern pentathlon to go along with the fencing he picked up a few years ago. Others guessed he’d get into shooting or maybe even archery.
But he surprised us all by choosing the decathlon. Continue reading
How could your life be affected if you live near an Olympic venue?
That’s what an associate professor at Millersville University is researching.
Jeffrey Wimer (photo submitted by Millersville University)
Jeffrey Wimer, in the department of wellness and sport sciences, is examining how the location of Olympic stadiums and the large-scale infrastructures needed to support the games influence wellness endeavors when the games are done, according to a news release from the university.
“Factors such as air pollution, access to medical services, even the natural environment all play a role in health,” Wimer says in the release. “What is less known is the public health legacy of hosting an Olympics – how is one’s life altered, either positively or negatively, by living near an Olympic venue? The promised benefits of new jobs and increased tourism all build enthusiasm leading up to an Olympiad, but research is sparse when it comes to knowing the public health residues after the flame has been extinguished.” Continue reading
Cedar Crest grad Jamie Gray celebrates winning the gold medal in the women’s 50-meter rifle three-position shoot Saturday morning in London. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – REBECCA BLACKWELL)
Jamie Gray set two Olympic records in winning the 50-meter three-position shoot in London on Saturday. She graduated from Cedar Crest High School in 2002.
Read the full story from the Lebanon Daily News here.
Educators at public cyber school Commonwealth Connections Academy are offering families a free online Olympics-themed trivia game that celebrates and helps build enthusiasm for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Students of all ages and their parents can play the Connections Academy Quiz Bowl Trivia Challenge, Summer Olympics Edition and challenge their friends.
Featuring 20 trivia questions of varying degrees of difficulty, the Quiz Bowl Challenge promotes lively and educational discussion between parents, students, and friends of all ages. Students and their families can “play” online, or download a printable version for use in the car, at parties, or over dinner, by visiting http://www.connectionsacademy.com/quizbowl/home.aspx.
“There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the Summer Olympics. Families across the country are looking forward to cheering on USA teams and watching their favorite sports together,” Maurice Flurie, CEO of Commonwealth Connections Academy, said in a news release. “In the spirit of this competition, we recommend integrating fun learning opportunities into this excitement, such as the Quiz Bowl Challenge. Parents can use this quality time to help sharpen learning skills during their child’s break from school.”
Click here to learn more about Connections Academy.
Big news for central Pennsylvania: Cedar Crest graduate Jamie Lynn Gray won gold and set a world record in the women’s 50-meter three-position rifle shooting at the London Games this morning.
In light of Gray’s achievement, let’s check in with the other local-ish athletes competing in London:
- Amy Swenson, field hockey: The U.S. team is 1-2 in group play, and it’s in danger of failing to advance to the elimination round. It plays New Zealand today and has to win to have a shot at advancing. Swenson, a Lebanon County native, has given up three goals in the tournament, but the U.S. offense has struggled.
- Ryan Whiting, shotput: The Harrisburg athlete finished ninth in the shotput Friday with a mark of 20.64.
- Hyleas Fountain, heptathlon: The Harrisburg native wraps up the heptathlon competition this afternoon.
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