February 13, 2002 |
If all goes as expected in short-track speedskating at these Olympics, plan on seeing plenty of Apolo Anton Ohno in the future. On the early-morning and late-night TV show circuit, maybe on a cereal box. You know, the usual fare of Olympic champions. Ohno should have a star resume. He's good; he's the unquestioned leader of the U.S. team; he's controversial; and, if everything goes the way many are predicting, he will leave these Games with four medals, possibly all gold, and several records.
January 16, 2002 |
Cedric Dempsey is retiring as NCAA president, ending a nearly nine-year run with the college sports governing body that included the signing of two major television contracts. Dempsey played an instrumental role in the NCAA's contracts with ESPN and CBS that will generate $6.2 billion over 11 years beginning in 2003. He also led the restructuring of the organization's governing body, and presided over the NCAA's move from Overland Park, Kan., to Indianapolis in 1999.
January 5, 2002 |
Speedskater Tommy O'Hare wants the U.S. Olympic Committee to investigate his claims that an Olympic qualifying race was fixed. O'Hare sent a letter to USOC chief executive Lloyd Ward demanding an investigation of the 1,000-meter short-track final Dec. 22 in Kearns, Utah. USOC spokesman Mike Moran said the agency has asked U.S. Speedskating for results of its internal investigation and other information no later than Tuesday. U.S.
December 27, 2001 |
As a short-track speedskater, Rusty Smith of Sunset Beach is accustomed to moving fast. That means he might have to make an adjustment to the stately pace of the float he will ride in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day. "I'll be sitting there and waving," said Smith, who will be aboard the Home Depot float, sitting with his skates in a mock-up of a garden, to represent the company's involvement in the Olympic Job Opportunities Program. "It's pretty cool.