June 21, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - USA Track and Field recently resolved its lengthy administrative turmoil by hiring Max Siegel, a former NASCAR and music industry executive, as its chief executive. Now the organization's focus can shift to supporting athletes and raising the sport's Olympic medal count from 23 at the 2008 Beijing Games to its stated goal of 30 in London. Making the U.S. team will be half the battle. The trials, which began Thursday, figure to be toughest in the sprints and hurdles, traditionally Team USA's strongest events.
August 9, 2012 |
Allyson Felix's running style is so elegant, it's easy for her to lapse into floating like a butterfly when she should sting like a bee. "It's a gift and a curse because it looks very fluid," she said. "It's nice, but sometimes you have to get into an aggressive mode. " It took the Los Angeles native until her third Olympics to develop that edge, an odyssey that included silver medals in the 200 meters at Athens and Beijing and a fifth-place finish in the 100 meters last week. When it all clicked in her mind Wednesday, she hunted down her dream instead of gliding toward it and finally realized her golden vision.
May 19, 2007 |
Allyson Felix, 21, daughter of a preacher, graduate of Los Angeles Baptist High and a student at USC who is one semester from her education degree, is the defending world champion in the 200-meter race and the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in that event. Felix will run Sunday at the Adidas Track Classic at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Felix, who is training at UCLA, is being coached by Bob Kersee, husband and trainer of former Olympic great Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
August 15, 2013 |
USC alumna Dalilah Muhammad won a silver medal in the women's 400-meter hurdles Thursday at the world track and field championships at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, finishing ahead of training partner Lashinda Demus as American men and women won three of six medals in their respective 400-meter hurdles finals. Demus, the London Olympic silver medalist in the event, took third behind Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic and Muhammad, who's from Bayside, N.Y., but trains in Southern California.
November 13, 2012 |
Even when Roger Federer had the lead, Novak Djokovic had the answers. The top-ranked Serb recovered from early breaks in both sets and beat Federer, 7-6 (6), 7-5, in the championship match of the ATP finals at London. Federer broke Djokovic's serve to take a 2-0 lead in the first set, and then again to open the second, but both times the world's No. 1 player rebounded to get back into the match. "Maybe a bit of regret because I had the lead twice first before him," Federer said.
April 13, 2003 |
One of them accomplished something that had never been done before. The other did something that had been done only once. So it came as no surprise when Xavier Carter of Palmetto (Fla.) Palm Bay and Allyson Felix of North Hills L.A. Baptist were selected as the boys' and girls' athletes of the meet at the 36th running of the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet Saturday night.
April 17, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- A round of applause, please, for sprinter Allyson Felix of Los Angeles and decathlete Bryan Clay of Glendora. Better still, give these Athens Olympic silver medalists a standing ovation for living their convictions. In the last and most uplifting moment of the U.S. Olympic media summit, Felix and Clay said they have been undergoing an extraordinary number of voluntary drug tests each week as part of Project Believe, a U.S.
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON - Allyson Felix could not believe what the Olympic Stadium scoreboard was telling her. She had taken the baton from Tianna Madison and did her part well on the second leg of the U.S. 400-meter relay team Friday before handing the baton to Bianca Knight, who got it to Carmelita Jeter for a blazing anchor leg. As Jeter crossed the finish line she pointed to the clock and screamed. Felix gasped: Their time was 40.82 seconds, eclipsing the world record of 41.37 set 27 years ago by East Germany.
August 27, 2003 |
From the early morning, when a 17-year-old Southern Californian made news because of the shoes she wore, to the late evening, when a steeplechaser became the center of attention because of the name and flag he bore, the fourth day of track and field's world championships was hardly de rigueur. Or maybe it was just another day at Stade de France because the previous three days, punctuated by the controversy enveloping U.S. sprinter Jon Drummond, were hardly predictable.
April 26, 2009 |
They were overscheduled, underprepared and outclassed. The American sprint trio of Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix and Tyson Gay were favorites in the months leading into the Beijing Olympics, expected to exit the Bird's Nest with lots of gold medals hanging from their necks. Instead, they enter 2009 with a lot to prove because of injuries, training issues and -- oh, yeah -- those lightning-fast Jamaicans. Felix and Wariner left with gold medals, but they were in the 1,600-meter relays -- about the closest thing there is to a gimmie on the Olympic program for Americans.