Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Lake Forest High School’s Nina Nissly swims in first athletes with disability competition and becomes Illinois’s first triple individual champion.
Three week ago Lake Forest High School senior Nina Nissly was a member of the Scout junior varsity swim team getting ready for the North Suburban Conference Meet as she had during all four years of her career. On Saturday she became the first triple high school swimming champion in Illinois history. It took a lawsuit and help from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as three gold medals came her way at the State Meet Friday and Saturday in Evanston. Earlier: Athletes With Disabilities Make History at ETHS This Weekend Nissly was one of seven swimmers to compete in the inaugural Athletes with Disabilities heats of the State Finals after the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) settled a lawsuit filed by Fenwick High School’s Mary Kay …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The gold medalist posed for photos and signed posters at his dad's landscaping business in Wilmette.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers made an appearance at his father’s business, Chalet Nursery, in Wilmette Wednesday afternoon to meet with fans, sign posters and pose for photos. Grevers, who grew up and began his swimming career in Lake Forest, took home two gold and one silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics. He did the same in Beijing in 2008. As the son of award-winning landscape designer Ed Grevers, Matt joined his dad to talk “best practices” in the garden and swimming pool after meeting with fans. Interested in reading more about Matt and his history with the Olympics? Check out Patch’s multiple stories on the award-winning athlete:
Hundreds flock to Lake Forest High School to greet the Olympian as the city declares Tuesday "Matt Grevers" day in Lake Forest.
- Jon Kerr
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
It’s not very often you get close enough to touch an Olympic Gold Medalist. Tuesday night at Lake Forest High School’s Commons area, hundreds of Lake Foresters, many of whom children and their parents, had just that opportunity. Just weeks after he gripped a worldwide audience of millions with his 100-meter backstroke gold medal performance in London, Matt Grevers looked relaxed and comfortable in front of an adoring, local audience of a few hundred. Earlier: Photo of the Day—LFHS Students Anticipate Grevers' Homecoming Flanked by his fiancee, Annie Chandler, mother, Anja and father Ed, Grevers returned to the city where he first piled up records on the junior swimming circuit. In 2003, the Grevers-led Scouts won their only state high …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Watching the Olympic games at age 18 changes previous perspectives
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately watching TV, and for once, my mom isn’t yelling at me. In fact, she’s sitting right next to me, enjoying the competition of the 2012 Olympic Games. This opportunity comes along once every four years, but being a couch potato this year has become much more meaningful than in the past. Now that I’m 18, I’ve grown to appreciate the Olympics much more than when I was merely 14, 10 or 6. While watching the athletes compete in different sports, I am now able to recognize the amount of talent these competitors possess. In 2008, when the games were in Beijing, I watched the Olympics simply to cheer on the U.S. athletes. This year, I have much more of an interest in watching specific events and have more …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
NBC's broadcast of the Olympics has, at times, been preempted by technology.
NBC's Olympics broadcast was the most watched Olympics ever through its first three days, the Washington Post reported. The network has garnered some criticism for its decision to hold the broadcast of popular events until primetime, the newspaper reported. The tape delay decision has at times caused conflict between the media reporting results when they happen and those who want to wait for the Olympics broadcast to find out who won. Patch, for example, sent out a breaking news email alert when Lake Forest's Matt Grevers won gold in the 100-meter backstroke and set an Olympic record. Patch received complaints from some readers that the alert ruined the upcoming Olympics broadcast. The Patch sites in the north Chicago suburbs decided to …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Lake Forest’s Matt Grevers now has six Olympic medals to his name; three gold and three silver.
Lake Forest’s Matt Grevers is golden again and he had company, Michael Phelps. Grevers, who won an Olympic gold medal Monday in 100-meter backstroke, doubled his collection Saturday at Aquatics Center of the London Olympics. Earlier: Grevers Claims Olympic Gold, Record Swimming backstroke, Grevers did the opening backstroke leg of the men’s’ 4 x 100 medley relay. The American team, which had never lost this event, did not disappoint, coming home in a time of 3:29.35. The Americans easily outdistanced Japan, who was second in 3:31.26 in the final swimming event of the London Olympic Games. The American team was the swimming version of the dream team with three gold medal winners and a bronze including Phelps, considered by many the greatest…
See how the Olympic Games wash away high school rivalries.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Lake Forest native to team with Phelps to swim Saturday for second gold medal.
Lake Forest’s Matt Grevers didn’t even get wet today, but he will still have a chance at a gold medal. Grevers gave way to Nick Toman in today’s preliminary heat of the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay in London Olympics. Earlier: Grevers Claims Olympic Gold, Record Toman, who was second to Grevers in the 100 meter backstroke on Monday, joined Eric Shanteau, Tyler McGill and Cullen Jones in Friday’s preliminary race. The group swam the fastest time of the two preliminary heats with a 3:32.65 clocking. In tomorrow’s final, those four will be replaced by Grevers, Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian for the 4 x 100 medley relay final at 2:27 p.m. Saturday Chicago time and 8:27 p.m. in London. The U.S. team is a strong favorite for the …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Lake Forest's Matt Grevers wins 100-meter backstroke in Olympic record time.
Lake Forest’s Matt Grevers is golden. Grevers, who grew up and began his swimming career in Lake Forest, came away with the city’s first individual Olympic gold medal when he won the 100-meter backstroke today at the London Olympics Aquatic Center. And Grevers did it in style as well, setting an Olympic record in the process with a time of 52.16, breaking the old mark of 52.54 seconds. Earlier: Grevers To Swim For Olympic Gold After realizing his dream, Grevers threw a fist pump into the air and then slid over to the next lane and embraced fellow American Nick Thoman, who finished second. Thoman won the silver medal in 52.92. Grevers got off to a good start, but trailed France’s Camille LaCourt at the 50 meter mark by .05 of a second. But …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Lake Forest's Matt Grevers gets silver medal as part of Men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay team at the 2012 Olympics.
(Update at 4:00 p.m.) Lake Forest’s Matt Grevers earned his first Olympic medal today and he was not even in the pool when the American’s took silver in the 4x100 Freestyle Relay. Grevers was part of the quartet that propelled the Americans into the finals where team of Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte finished behind France. The French finished the distance in 3:09.93 with the Americans next at 3:10.38. All members of the relay team are awarded a medal whether they compete in the preliminaries or the final. (Earlier at 7:28 a.m.) Matt Grevers barely needed any rest to help the Americans earn a shot at gold Sunday at the London Olympics. Coming back less than an hour after an earlier qualifying swim in the 100-…