August 3, 2012 |
LONDON -- Missy Franklin is bubbly and giggly, sunny and happy, all the adjectives that apply to a happy-go-lucky girl who cannot wait for her amazingly awesome senior year of high school to start. But the new face of American swimming is poised and articulate beyond her laughter, beyond her years. With the retirement of the old face of American swimming one day away, Franklin distilled the legacy of Michael Phelps to its essence. "He's kind of made people kind of rethink the impossible," Franklin said.
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON -- Katie Ledecky, who turned 15 in March, is the youngest member of the powerful U.S. swim team and a newcomer on the international scene. And now, the newest owner of a gold medal. Ledecky, of Bethesda, Md., took the lead by the 150-meter mark and was on world-record pace through 750 meters, winning the women's 800-meter freestyle in 8 minutes,14.63 seconds. It was the second-fastest time in history, only behind Rebecca Adlington's world-record mark when she won the event four years ago at the Olympics.
June 25, 2012 |
OMAHA — In the morning, Dana Vollmer set an Olympic trials record in her event. In the evening, she set an American record. That leaves a world record as the logical target for Vollmer in Tuesday's final of the women's 100 butterfly, after blitzing the field in the morning qualifying heats and evening semifinals. She could have mumbled something about just trying to swim her best or just hoping to win a spot on the Olympic team, but she publicly embraced the challenge.
October 31, 2011 |
An Islamist group says an American militant of Somali origin carried out a suicide bombing against an African Union base on Saturday, killing at least 10 people in Mogadishu, and it released a suicide message that it says he recorded before the attack. Abdisalan Hussein Ali, 22, was among about 20 young Somali Americans from Minneapolis allegedly recruited since 2007 by the Shabab, a rebel group, to fight in Somalia. In an audio clip aired Sunday on a Somali radio station associated with the Shabab, a voice attributed to Ali said in English that jihad, or holy war, was the most important objective for Muslims and urged them not to "just chill out all day. " "It is not important that you become a doctor or you become some sort of engineer.
June 23, 2010 |
She was doing a final workout in Atlanta before leaving for three meets in Europe last month, and high jumper Chaunte Howard Lowe decided to do some block starts, just for fun. "Nothing serious; I'm not that fast," said Lowe, once a sprinter-hurdler, setting up her punch line: "I've heard some shot-putters also do the high jump for fun." That is the sort of whimsical good humor everyone expects Lowe to exude. So imagine the surprise on the Georgia Tech track that day when Howard settled into the blocks and suddenly yelled, "I'm tired of losing!"
February 21, 2010 |
Let me tell you a story about my dad and Johnny Cash. Many American music lovers of a certain age could spin out such a connection; Cash is primary among artists who represent the tough psyche of the post-war patriarchal male, his music exposing the connections between empowerment and violence, pride and repression, that defined an ideal still romanticized long after it became dated. Frank Sinatra did it, tux tie loosened, with a Scotch in his hand. Muddy Waters shouted about it in a sharkskin suit before the folkies persuaded him to put on overalls.