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Littlefield On Sports: The Olympics Come To A Close07:58
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U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics Tuesday. (AP)
U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics Tuesday. (AP)

It's the last week of the Olympics, and the Boston-area athletes have been quite successful — including Needham's own gymnast, Aly Raisman, and Wakefield-trained judo champion Kayla Harrison.

Raisman picked up two individual medals yesterday, but her bronze medal came only after the American coaching staff challenged her initial score.

After that drama, Raisman turned it around to land a very impressive performance on the floor routine, including a complicated tumbling pass that she left out of the team and all-around competition.

Harrison, another hometown favorite, became the first American to win a gold in the judo competition last week. Harrison is from Marblehead and trains at Pedro's Judo Center in Wakefield. Harrison's going to come back and be a firefighter, like her fiance.

Crossing back to our side of the pond, the Red Sox continue to struggle. With a season record of 54-55, many people are calling for the removal of Sox manager Bobby Valentine. But it seems like the Red Sox owners are standing behind Valentine.

Red Sox owner John Henry sent an email saying that he supports Valentine, and general manager Ben Cherrington says he's firmly behind him for right now, but  Cherrington won't comment on whether Valentine will serve out his two year term.

Guests:

  • Karen Given, producer for WBUR's Only A Game

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This segment aired on August 8, 2012.

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