July 23, 2021 | Josh Barr

Kennedy High Teacher Carries Flag in Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony

As Thea LaFond walked into the stadium and shared the duties of carrying the Dominica flag in the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, there almost certainly were plenty of friends and family following along in Silver Spring. LaFond, who will compete in the triple jump representing the country in which she was born, teaches […]

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July 22, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Stone Ridge Makes Splash for Olympians Ledecky, Bacon

Stone Ridge School for the Sacred Heart can’t contain their excitement to watch alumnae Katie Ledecky and Phoebe Bacon swim in the Tokyo Olympics. More than 350 students returned to the the all-girls Catholic school’s campus in Bethesda on Monday, where they made quite the splash celebrating the former swimmers’ accomplishments. They made signs, held […]

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July 21, 2021 | Josh Barr

Families and Friends Will Be Watching Olympics from Afar

As many of the best athletes in the world descend on Tokyo to compete in the Olympic Games that begin on Friday, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream will feel much different this year. Because while the Olympic crowd is typically full of family and close friends celebrating the accomplishment and cheering on their loved […]

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July 19, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Stone Ridge Swim Coach ‘Blessed’ to Have Trained Olympians Ledecky, Bacon

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda held a pep rally for two of its alumnae who are swimming for Team USA in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. MyMCM talked to Bob Walker, head swim coach of Stone Ridge Gators, about his experience coaching Katie Ledecky, who graduated in 2015, and Phoebe Bacon, […]

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July 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Sellout Crowd Watches Israel Olympic Baseball Team Play Bethesda Big Train

The Israel National Baseball team defeated Bethesda Big Train Sunday under the lights before a sold-out crowd at the Shirley Povich Field days before heading to the Olympics in Tokyo. During a Friendship game that featured “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung in Yiddish and food trucks with Jewish treats from Attman’s Potomac Deli and […]

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July 16, 2021 | Josh Barr

MCPS Teacher Headed to Tokyo Olympics to Compete for Dominica

There were mornings when Thea LaFond could sense students peering through the gymnasium doors, waiting for the bell to ring so they could attend class. A few watched – some in awe – as their teacher worked her way through the weight room, pounding serious iron. “You lift a lot of weight,” one said. Another […]

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July 7, 2021 | Josh Barr

Six with Strong Ties to County to Compete in Tokyo

Six athletes with strong ties to Montgomery County will compete for Team USA in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Combined, the six athletes look to add to previous wins that already includes nine Olympic gold medals and one silver. The group includes two of the world’s most notable athletes, a pair of wrestlers with […]

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June 28, 2021 | Josh Barr

Boyds Teenager Kayla DiCello Selected as Alternate for U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team

Montgomery County resident Kayla DiCello, the youngest participant at the U.S. Olympic Team gymnastic trials in St. Louis this past weekend, will have some stories to share with classmates when she returns to Northwest High School in Germantown this fall. DiCello, 17, finished sixth in the women’s all-around at the trials and narrowly missed qualifying […]

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June 17, 2021 | Joe Yasharoff

Bethesda Native Andrew Wilson Makes Big Splash Qualifying for Olympics

Andrew Wilson, a Bethesda native and Emory University graduate, became the first ever Division III swimmer to qualify for the Olympics as a member of team USA Monday night. Wilson, 27, qualified by finishing second in the final of the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Congratulations to former #NCAAD3 student-athlete […]

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June 17, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

Ledecky Wins 200, 1500 Meter Events at Trials

Katie Ledecky won two very different races Wednesday at the U.S. Swim Trails in Omaha, Neb. She won the 200 meter freestyle and the 1500 meter freestyle. The latter event was a first for the women. It will be making its Olympic debut for the women this year in Tokyo. GOAT.@katieledecky won the 200m freestyle and […]

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