Andrew Burton (Syracuse University)
Gold | Sports Portfolio
Coming in for Landing
Russia's Maxim Devyatovskiy braces himself for the fast approaching vault during the men's individual all-around final at the Beijing Olympics on August 14, 2008. Devyatovskiy placed sixth, one place behind teammate Sergey Khorokhordin.
Sprinting towards the Finish
Muna Lee, far right, of the United States, sprints in the women's 100-meter semifinal alongside Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser, second from right, and Sherone Simpson. Lee would finish second in the race, while Fraser earned first. In the event final, Fraser earned gold while Lee finished fifth.
China's Liang Huo lets his hair down while competing in the men's semifinal of the 10-meter diving competition at the Beijing Olympics. Of the 18 divers competing in the semifinals, Huo was the only one who did not dry his hair before diving.
An Eye for the Beam
Shawn Johnson, the most versatile member of the US women's gymnastics team, competes on the beam during the women's team final at the Beijing Olympics. In what came down to a nail-biting final, the US women were edged out of first place by the Chinese women's team by a mere 2.375 points.
One Last Hurdle
Petr Svoboda, of the Czech Republic, races in the third heat of the first round of the men's 110-meter hurdles along side Hector Cotto, left, and Paulo Villar. Svoboda came in third place, qualifying for the semifinal round.
Alexander Artemev, of the United States, descends on the horizontal bar during the men's individual all-around final. While Artemev finished 12th individually, his contribution during the men's team final was essential; after filling in for injured gymnasts, he performed a flawless routine on the pummel horse in the final round, helping the underdog, the United States team, earn a bronze medal.
During the fifth round of the first heat of the women's 100-meter hurdle, Guinea's Fatmata Fofanah, far left, fell halfway through the race. Fofanah was a two-time All-American at Georgia Tech and earned a gold at the 2008 CAA African Athletics Championships.
Dragutin Topic, a 37-year-old Serbian high-jumper, kisses his necklace in a moment of calm before performing in the qualifying round of the men's high jump in the Beijing Olympics on August 17, 2008. With a world junior record, five national records and four national titles, Topic is considered one of Serbia's best high jumpers ever; he failed to qualify for the finals.