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.
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 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.
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 13, 2005 |
Justin Gatlin's phone rang at 8 a.m. on Friday. At the other end was Allyson Felix, who calls him "my sidekick" and sought his reassurance as she prepared for the 200-meter final at the world championships. "She said, 'I'm nervous,' " Gatlin recalled. "I said, 'What are you nervous about? You beat Veronica Campbell head to head in London a few weeks ago, and you've been out there all season.' "She ran a great race, a very gutsy race." Two years after she graduated from L.A.
August 24, 2008 |
Her loss in the Olympic 200-meter final was not surprising if you looked at it dispassionately, not after the ups and downs Allyson Felix had all season. She accepted the silver medal Thursday night with her customary graciousness, saying that being unhappy over a prize so few people have would make her ungrateful. It was tearing Felix up inside. "For two days after we got done crying after the race, she didn't talk to me," said her coach, Bob Kersee. He sent text messages.
April 15, 2005 |
No one had ever invited Allyson Felix to walk the red carpet at an awards show in a designer gown before she won a silver medal in the 200 meters at the Athens Olympics, so she had the good grace to correct herself after saying her life hadn't changed much since the Games. "There are a few more opportunities," said Felix, who was a vision of elegance alongside 100-meter dash gold medalist Justin Gatlin at the Emmys in September. "I was really just going with Justin. I was just tagging along."
June 27, 2004 |
The ongoing probe of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), the Northern California-based supplement company that reportedly supplied top professional athletes with illegal steroids, has become the "dark cloud" hovering over track, according to sprinter Maurice Greene. To date, four BALCO-related U.S. track and field athletes have received two-year bans for violating the rules of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, making them ineligible for the Athens Games.