London 2012 News

VIDEO: American Samoa Reflects on his Olympic Experience

By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters' Academy

Elama Fa'atonu, American Samoa's 100m sprinter, reflects his on Olympic Competition, speaking in Samoan, Elama describes this biggest experience of his life so far, with his coach Valosia Talataina talking about the race from a coaching perspective.more

Proud to be American Samoan

By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters' Academy

Athletics is a popular sport within the Olympic Games, the 100m being one of the biggest events. Elama Fa'atonu of American Samoa was hoping to progress from the Preliminary rounds to round 1 of the 100m sprint. Thinking about the moment he took to the blocks, Elama said, “the crowd was great, as I looked out I saw the finish and knew I had to reach it, as long as I tried my best.”more

Oceania's latest Olympians take to the track.

By Lewis Woods of The Reporters' Academy

The eyes of the Pacific Islands were drawn to the Olympic Stadium as 9 Oceania athletes took to the track for the men's 100m preliminary rounds. Athletes from Tonga, Palau, Tuvalu, The Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, The Solomon Islands, Kiribati and The Cook Islands all took part in the 4 heats...more

American Samoa Freestyler Sets a New Personal Best

By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters' Academy.

Team American Samoa took to the pool for a second day, male 50m Freestyler Ching Maou Wei stepped up, in an effort to make his impact on the Aquatics Centre.more

American Samoa Judoka learns from Games Experience

By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters' Academy.

The Excel centre in East London played host to the Judo competition. Anthony Liu, American Samoa's judoka, was ready to take to the tatami ‘mat’ to compete for his country in the Men’s -100kg at the Olympic Games.more

VIDEO: Megan Makes a Splash for America Samoa

By Matt Bowcott of the Reporters' Academy

Team American Samoa kicked off their London 2012 Olympic campaign, with 100m freestyler Megan Fonteno taking to the pool. Megan reflected on her race, and what she was feeling as she stepped out to take part in her first Olympic Games. Megan finished 6th in her heat, with an overall ranking of 35th, after a time of 57.45 seconds, just a tenth of a second off her personal best.more

Megan Fonteno Makes a Splash in the Pool for American Samoa

By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters’ Academy

On Day 5 of the Olympic Games in London, team American Samoa kicked off their campaign in pool, with 19 year old Megan Fonteno taking part in the 100m freestyle. Drawn in lane 1, heat 3, Megan was ready to take part in the biggest sporting event in the World.

After diving into the pool, Megan had a comfortable first 50m in 27.27 seconds; on the second 50 meters Megan’s split was 30.18 seconds. Finishing 6th in her heat and 35th overall Megan was a tenth of a second away from her Personal Best with a time of 57.45 seconds.more

VIDEO: Training Catch Up with American Samoa

This video was produced by Matt Bowcott of The Reporters' Academy

With only a few days left before competition, athletes are now starting to get into their final preparations, and American Samoa swimmers are no different. Ching Maou Wei, Megan Fonteno and coach Robert Scanlan Jr talk to us about how their final preparations are going and what the Aquatics Centre is like.more

American Samoa show the world their culture

By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters' Academy

The eyes of the world descended on London, for what many called the greatest show on Earth. 204 Teams from around the globe, came together to celebrate the Opening of the 30th Olympiad. The show, directed by Danny Boyle of ’Slumdog Millionnaire’, was showcasing Great Britain through the years, jam packed with British Culture.more

VIDEO: American Samoa on life in the Athletes Village

Team American Samoa, are in their final preparations for London 2012, after being in the Athletes village for a few days Megan Fonteno, Anthony Liu, Ching Maou Wei, Elama Faatonu and Nathaniel Tuamoheloa, told us about their highlights so far about village life.

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American Samoan swimmer makes Olympics despite territory's lack of pool

AUDIO: Radio Australia Interview of American Samoa's Ching Maou Wei
In the most unlikely of success stories, swimmer Ching Maou Wei is preparing to compete for American Samoa in the London Games.
American Samoan swimmer makes Olympics despite territory's lack of pool (Credit: ABC)
There is not a single swimming pool for training in American Samoa, but despite that Maou Wei is determined to make it to the semi-finals.
He spoke to Pacific Beat from his training base in Liverpool in the UK.
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The Warmest of Welcomes

By Emma Cullen and Gemma Martin of The Reporters’ Academy

After arriving in the Athletes Village, the Palau, Vanuatu and American Samoan athletes were given a warm welcome to the London 2012 Olympics with a theatrical performance by members of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. The performers entered the main plaza energetically to their rendition of ‘Bicycle’ by Queen, ringing hand bells whilst cycling around the athletes and gathering them together. The atmosphere was further enhanced by the glorious heat and cloudless blue skies, making the Oceania athletes feel slightly more at home after the previous few months of dreary weather at the British training camps. The radiant sunshine matched the vibrant colours of the jester-like outfits of the performers, as their dances hailed the athletes before they raised each nation’s flag.more

Oceania's Home away from home

By Matt Bowcott and Lewis Woods of The Reporters’ Academy

For many athletes, the Olympic village is the heart of their Olympics Games, acting as a home for the weeks up to and during the Games. Athletes from around the world have really settled in to the world class facilities, and are clearly impressed with the cutting edge design and feel to the park. When the bid was accepted back in 2005, London said they wanted to deliver a spacious village that is a stone’s throw from London’s entertainment, and a village that makes the athletes journey as inspirational and as real as possible, from the reaction from athletes, they are on their way to doing that.more

From the ocean to the pool American Samoa

By Matt Bowcott from the Reporters' Academy

Water has always been the second home of American Samoan swimmer Ching Maou Wei, and now the 26 year old is only weeks away from competing at the London 2012 Olympics.
From a young age Ching realised he belonged in the water, “I went on fishing trips with my father after school, I loved the water and it has evolved from there.”more

American Samoa TID Program Underway

With the Help of Samsung and the Monash Sport SOSDI Team, American Samoa has launched its TID Program in great style.more
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