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Tom Banse

Regional Correspondent


  • caption: The Tokyo Games could feature an exciting rematch in the 1500 meters between two generations of Oregon Ducks. Sophomore Cole Hocker edged out 2016 Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 27.

    More than 100 athletes with Pacific Northwest ties entered in Tokyo Olympics

    If you like cheering for hometown athletes — or former Ducks, Zags or Huskies — you're in luck when the Summer Olympics start in less than a week. The team rosters for the USA and a bunch of foreign countries are chockablock with athletes with Pacific Northwest ties. By our count, 50 Team USA Olympians have strong connections to Oregon or Washington. At least 51 more athletes are at the Olympics representing foreign countries after starring for universities or turning pro in the Northwest.

  • caption: The research vessel Marcus Langseth approaches the Port of Seattle on July 11, 2021, after a 41-day seismic survey of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
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    Seismic research ship goes boom-boom to seek answers at origin of the next Big One

    Earthquake researchers are eager to dig into a trove of new data about the offshore Cascadia fault zone. The valuable new imaging of the geology off the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts comes from a specialized research ship. The National Science Foundation seismic survey ship Marcus Langseth zigged and zagged over the full length of the undersea Cascadia Subduction Zone -- from the Oregon-California border north to Vancouver Island.

  • caption: Seattle native Nevin Harrison will compete at the Tokyo Olympics in canoe sprint.
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    Seattle athlete to sprint at the Tokyo Olympics, but in a canoe instead of on the track

    Nineteen-year-old Nevin Harrison of Seattle has pictured herself competing in the Olympics for many years, mostly as a track sprinter like in the 100 or 200 meter dash. "My mom always tells the story of me being four years old and watching the Olympics and saying, 'I'm going to go one day, mom,'' Harrison recalled. "She was like, 'Sure, Nevin. Whatever.'" Later this month, Olympic team trials and Team USA coaches will fill out the roster for the delayed Tokyo Olympics. Some familiar names in women's soccer from Portland and Seattle, as well as the WNBA Seattle Storm's biggest stars and a pack of Pacific Northwest-based distance runners are likely Tokyo bound. Some other athletes from this region have already locked in their spots, including Harrison.