|Gold medal shotputter Adam Nelson '97 is congratulated by Vin Lananna, former Dartmouth coach and head coach of the U.S. Olympic track team in 2016, during his gold-medal ceremony.|
Onetime Dartmouth defensive lineman Adam Nelson '97 made the finals of the Olympic Trials Friday night but missed out on qualifying for his fourth Olympic appearance in the shot put.
Prior to the start of the Trials Nelson was presented with the gold medal from the 2004 Games, complete with the National Anthem and a flyover. Watch the video HERE.
(Nelson had won the silver medal in Athens but the only man to defeat him forfeited the gold medal after failing a drug test.)
Dartmouth's Kailin Whitehorn '16 advanced to Sunday's high jump finals but Ben True '08 did not qualify in the 10,000. He will run in the 5,000 Monday.
•The road to a spot on the Chicago Bears just got a little more difficult for quarterback Dalyn Williams '16, who signed as a free agent with the team last month. Chicago has claimed three-year South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw off the waiver wire. Shaw started one game in Cleveland as a rookie in 2014 but was on injured reserve last year with a thumb injury.
From the Chicago Tribune:
The Bears were carrying only 89 players on their roster so they were able to claim Shaw without clearing a space. The Bears now have five quarterbacks on the roster and it would be somewhat surprising if they carried that many in training camp. The team swapped out No. 4 quarterbacks on June 9, signing undrafted Dartmouth rookie Dalyn Williams on the final day of OTAs and waiving Matt Blanchard. Veteran Brian Hoyer is expected to be the backup to Jay Cutler this season. David Fales remains in the mix.
•The Houston Chronicle has a story about Texans tight end coach John Perry, a former Dartmouth offensive coordinator and record-setting receiver at New Hampshire. The story is behind the paywall but the lede suggests former Dartmouth head coach John Lyons deserved a mention:
As the Texans' tight ends coach, John Perry is entering his third NFL season and credits his coaching mentors for reaching this point in his career.
•Curious how scholarships are distributed at the FCS level? In a Concord Monitor story looking at the array of athletic scholarships available at schools in New Hampshire there are a few interesting tidbits about how the grants benefit the powerhouse UNH team that will visit Dartmouth on Sept. 18.