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Belgium at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Belgium competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. 50 competitors, 31 men and 19 women, took part in 41 events in 14 sports. Belgian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events. KeyNote–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only Q = Qualified for the next round q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target NR = National record N/A = Round not applicable for the event Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round Men Track & road eventsWomen Track & road eventsField events Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify to final. Men Women Women MenQualification Legend: FA=Final A. Both did better in 2004 than they had in the first competition, with Kathleen Smet missing a medal by only 27 seconds. Belgium at the 2004 Summer Paralympics Official Website – Belgian Olympic Team

Peter Theisinger

Peter C. Theisinger is the director of the Engineering and Science Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and was the project manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission and project manager for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory mission, he is director for the Engineering and Science Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Theisinger graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in physics, he joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as payload integration engineer that year and except for a three-year span in the early 1980s has worked at JPL since. Among the missions on which he has participated were the 1967 Mariner 5 flyby mission to Venus, the 1971 Mariner 9 orbiter mission to Mars, the Voyager mission to the outer planets of the solar system, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Global Surveyor orbiter. In 2013, along with Richard Cook, was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World as a pioneer for his role in getting the Curiosity Rover to Mars safely in August 2012.

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The American Magazine

The American Magazine was a periodical publication founded in June 1906, a continuation of failed publications purchased a few years earlier from publishing mogul Miriam Leslie. It succeeded Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, Leslie's Monthly Magazine, Leslie's Magazine and the American Illustrated Magazine; the magazine was published through August 1956. Under the magazine's original title, Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, it had begun to be published in 1876 and was renamed Leslie's Monthly Magazine in 1904, was renamed again as Leslie's Magazine in 1905. From September 1905, through May 1906, it was entitled the American Illustrated Magazine, it kept continuous volume numbering throughout its history. In June 1906, muckraking journalists Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens and Ida M. Tarbell left McClure's to help create The American Magazine. An "Editorial Announcement" published in 1907 lead with Tarbell's coverage of tariff policy. Baker contributed articles using the pseudonym David Grayson.

Under John Sanborn Phillips, who served as editor until 1915, the monthly magazine departed somewhat from the muckraking style and focused on human interest stories, social issues and fiction. Published by his Phillips Publishing Company of Springfield, Ohio, it was taken over by Crowell Publishing Company in 1911, merged with Collier's; the American Magazine was published by Crowell-Collier until it folded in 1956. With the changes in 1915, John M. Siddall was appointed as editor of the periodical, which expanded its market by concentrating on a female readership; the cover of the September 1917 issue announced: "This Magazine's Circulation Has Doubled in 20 Months." The September 1922 cover stated. Merle Crowell served as editor of The American Magazine from 1923 until 1929 when Sumner Blossom took over. Blossom, editor of Popular Science, was there for the last 27 years of the magazine's existence. Fictional serials and short stories were a popular feature, the magazine published several winners of the O. Henry Awards.

High-profile writers contributed articles on a variety of topics. During his editorship, Blossom adopted the unusual policy of hiding the author's name on all works of fiction during the selection process as a way to encourage new fiction writers; the magazine's staff learned the author's identity only once they rejected a manuscript. The last issue of The American Magazine was displayed on newsstands in August 1956. In 1934, The American Magazine ran a story called "Uncle Sam Grows Younger" that praised Alger Hiss: "In his twenties, he is one of the men chiefly responsible for the plan to buy $650,000,000 worth of commodities to feed the unemployed, he has too much spirit for his bodily strength and is in danger of working himself to death." "The FictionMags Index: Magazines, Listed by Title". Philsp.com. Phil Stephensen-Payne. 2008. Archived from the original on 15 June 2008."Entries for the'American' Category". Magawiki. Cliff Aliperti. 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009

Jim Kaat

James Lee Kaat, nicknamed "Kitty", is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball for the Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, his 25-year career spanned four decades. Kaat was a Gold Glove winner for 16 seasons, he was the American League leader in shutouts in 1962, the AL leader in wins and complete games in 1966. In addition to his 283 career wins, he has three 20-win seasons. After a brief stint as a pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds under former player Pete Rose, he went on to become a sportscaster and for the next 22 years called games for the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. Following a brief retirement in 2006, Jim Kaat was back in the broadcast booth calling Pool D for the 2009 World Baseball Classic in Puerto Rico, called games for NESN in 2009, calls games for the MLB Network as of the 2018 season, he has written a best-selling book, Still Pitching, has started a sports management company, Southpaw Enterprises, Inc. representing pitchers.

In 2014, Kaat appeared for the second time as a candidate on the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era Committee election ballot for possible Hall of Fame consideration for 2015 which required 12 votes. He missed getting inducted in 2015 by 2 votes. None of the candidates on the ballot were elected; the Committee meets and votes on ten selected candidates from the 1947 to 1972 era every three years. Kaat attended Hope College in Holland and pitched for the Flying Dutchmen baseball team, before being signed by the Washington Senators as an amateur free agent in 1957. Kaat would spend all of 1957 and'58 in the minor leagues before breaking into the majors in 1959. After pitching in 16 games spread out over the next two seasons, Kaat became a permanent member of the pitching staff when the team moved west in 1961 to become the Minnesota Twins. On July 24, 1963 Jim Kaat threw a complete-game shutout and hit a home run for a 5–0 Twins win over the Indians; the combination has only happened three times in Minnesota history and Kaat did it twice.

On July 23, 1964, he gave up two home runs to Bert Campaneris, making his major league debut in the game. Kaat was a member of the 1965 Twins team, he started three games in the 1965 World Series, matching up with Sandy Koufax on all three occasions, including a complete game victory in Game 2. His best season was in 1966, he finished fifth in the MVP voting and was named the American League Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News. The National League's Sandy Koufax won the Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote. Although his 1967 season was somewhat of a let down after his near Cy Young in 1966, he went on a tear in September and nearly pitched the Twins to another World Series appearance – cruising to a 7–0 record with a 1.51 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 65​2⁄3 innings pitched. However another shot at a World Series title was not to be as Kaat sustained a season-ending arm injury in the third inning of the second to last game of the season and the Red Sox swept the final two games to win the American League pennant.

Kaat was an All-Star three times, won the Gold Glove Award for defensive skill a record 16 consecutive times. His record for career Gold Gloves by a pitcher is now second to Greg Maddux's 18. Kaat used the same baseball glove for 15 seasons. Although Kaat would pitch a few games a year out of the bullpen, he was a starting pitcher until 1979, when he became a relief pitcher in a season in which he split time between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees. With the Cardinals in 1982, Kaat earned his only World Series ring working in four games out of the bullpen in the 1982 World Series. In 1983 he became the last major league player to have played in the 1950s and the last "original" Washington Senator player to retire. Kaat is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in Major League games in four decades. At the time of his retirement, Kaat's 25-year career was the longest of any pitcher in major league history, he is now third all-time, behind Tommy John's 26 campaigns.

Kaat set a 20th-century record by playing during the administrations of seven U. S. Presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jr. Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan; this mark was equaled by Nolan Ryan when he retired after the 1993 Season – the first year of the administration of Bill Clinton. Ryan first played during the Johnson administration. Kaat won 16 consecutive Gold Gloves 1962-1977 Upon retirement, he served a short stint with the Cincinnati Reds as the club's pitching coach; when Pete Rose took over in 1984 as the Reds' player/manager, he made good on a promise to Kaat, his former Philadelphia Phillies teammate, hired the former hurler for his coaching staff. Kaat would coach part of the 1984 season and all of 1985, a year in which he guided Cincinnati rookie Tom Browning to a 20–9 record. "At least I can say I had a 20-game winner every year I coached", Kaat used to joke. In January 2018 Jim Kaat was hired by the Minnesota Twins as a Special Assistant.

Kaat's role is "to help assist Twins president Dave St. Peter in business and community initiatives." As was stated during the television broadcast of

Bolt d'Oro

Bolt d'Oro is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. At age two, he won his first three starts, including the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes, before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, he started his three-year-old campaign by winning the San Felipe Stakes by disqualification and finishing second in the Santa Anita Derby. One of the early favorites for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, he finished twelfth in that race. Bolt d'Oro was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, he was sired by winner of the Travers Stakes and fourth in the 2002 Kentucky Derby. As a sire, Medaglia d'Oro is best known as the sire of Hall of Fame inductee Rachel Alexandra and multiple Eclipse Award winner Songbird. Bolt d'Oro was the second foal out of Globe Trot, a daughter of A. P. Indy, her first foal, Sonic Mule, was a stakes winner. Bolt d'Oro was sold at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton yearling sale for $630,000 to Mick Ruis, the colt's trainer. Ruis sent the colt to Ike Green at his Montana ranch for early training; the colt's name is a tribute to sprinter Usain Bolt, competing at the 2016 Olympics at the same time the colt was being prepared for his first ride.

Green noted that the horse, like the sprinter, made everything look easy. "If you've been riding cheap horses all your life, old claimers you're trying to patch up, you know the difference between one like him and those," said Green. Bolt d'Oro joined Mick Ruis's stable in the spring of 2017 and posted his first workout on May 11, he caught the attention of handicappers with an excellent workout on July 22 of 59 seconds flat for 5 furlongs – the best time of 93 such workouts on the day. As a result, he was the odds-on favorite for his first start in a maiden special weight race at Del Mar on August 5, he broke poorly but made his way through the field and dueled for the early lead. In the stretch, he responded to a challenge from Bank Walker to draw off for a ​2 1⁄4-length win. Ruis decided to step Bolt d'Oro up in class for the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on September 4, he again broke poorly. The colt started to make up ground while racing wide around the turn dueled with Zatter down the stretch.

He drew clear near the wire to win by three-quarters of a length with the favorite, Run Away, well back in third. On September 30, Bolt d'Oro entered the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park as the odds-on favorite in a field of nine, he stalked the early pace set by Take the One O One. He took the lead turning into the stretch and continued to draw away winning by ​7 3⁄4 lengths over Solomini. Bolt d'Oro made his final start of the year in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar on November 4. Once again the odds-on favorite, he stumbled at the start and fell well behind the early leaders had to check his stride in heavy traffic. Around the final turn, he swung wide to find racing room and started to make up ground rapidly. However, he could not close down the early advantage of Good Magic, who won by ​4 1⁄2 lengths, Solomini, who finished a length ahead of Bolt d'Oro in second. In the Eclipse Award voting for American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse, Bolt d'Oro finished second to Good Magic by just 18 votes.

The two horses were given an equal rating of 126 pounds in The Jockey Club's juvenile rankings known as the Experimental Free Handicap. Bolt d'Oro's three-year-old debut was delayed by some body soreness in early January. Ruis bypassed the early prep races in February to give the colt more time to recover. Ruis decided to change jockeys from Corey Nakatani, who had ridden the colt in all of his two-year-old races, to Javier Castellano. On March 10, Bolt d'Oro entered the San Felipe Stakes, in which he was the slight favorite over the undefeated McKinzie. Lombo went to the early lead, followed by McKinzie with Bolt d'Oro a few lengths back in fourth. On the final turn, Bolt d'Oro made his move on the outside. Rounding into the stretch, Bolt d'Oro bumped with McKinzie pulled into the lead. After nearly going into the rail, McKinzie rallied and the two horses battled down the stretch. In the final sixteenth of a mile, McKinzie started to bear out into Bolt d'Oro's path and the two horses bumped again.

McKinzie was disqualified to second. The stewards felt that the fault for the first contact near the head of the stretch was inconclusive: one camera angle showed that McKinzie may have caused the problem by bearing out, while the other angle showed that Bolt d'Oro may have been at fault for bearing in. However, McKinzie was at fault in the second incident and the stewards felt the interference was enough to have cost Bolt d'Oro the race; the win moved Bolt d'Oro to the top of the NTRA three-year-old poll with 29 first place votes, followed by McKinzie. Veteran sportswriter Steve Haskin called them "two exceptional colts who ran their hearts out, got a lot out of the race, are for now clear-cut favorites for the Run for the Roses." The Santa Anita Derby, held on April 7, attracted a field of seven. Trainer Bob Baffert was planning to enter McKinzie for a rematch against Bolt d'Oro, but withdrew the colt due to a minor injury. Instead Baffert entered Justify, who had run impressively in his first two starts but was facing stakes company for the first time.

Justify went to the early lead and set easy fractions, opening up three lengths on Bolt d'Oro down the backstretch in what was a match race. Bolt d'Oro was put to a drive as they rounded the final turn and closed to within a length and a half before Justify again drew away for a three-length win. On May 5, Bolt d'Oro entered the 2018 Kentucky Derby as one of the favor