January 21, 1992 |
The fastest 50-meter freestyle swimmers in the world last year were Americans Matt Biondi, Tom Jager and Steve Crocker. But only two of them will advance from the Olympic trials, March 1-6 in Indianapolis, to the Olympic Games, starting July 25 in Barcelona, Spain. In response to U.S. swimming dominance, FINA, the world governing body of the sport, decreased the number of entrants allowed each country from three per event to two in 1980. Other international meets followed suit.
January 8, 1989 |
One daughter, barely 16, lives in Houston, where she has developed into the country's best gymnast. Another daughter, 14, lives in Southern California, where she is making a name for herself as a figure skater. A son, 18, the eldest of half a dozen children, has returned to the family nest in Northfield, Ill., an upper middle-class suburb of Chicago, after sharpening his speed skating skills for a year in Butte, Mont., and Calgary.
August 6, 1989 |
Jim Doehring, a 1988 Olympic shotputter, is caught in a contradiction: He is concerned about the abuse of steroids but is not willing to give up his own use for fear of being left behind. Doehring admitted Friday that he has used steroids to help him remain a world-class track and field competitor, but he also said he wishes he didn't feel a need to do so. "I'd love to do that (compete drug-free against drug-free opponents)," he said. "I know I can throw clean just as far as anyone can."
January 13, 2014 |
What do pediatricians call a coach who screams at his players, blames kids for prompting his outbursts and says his methods are justified because the team wins games? A bully. A more typical picture of a bully is a big kid intimidating a smaller one on a playground. But it's not age that defines a bully; it's power. “Nothing in the definition requires a peer-to-peer relationship, only one individual with perceived power over another,” experts write in an article published Monday in the journal Pediatrics . “The coach-athlete relationship involves an inherent imbalance of power.” Bullying is more than an annoyance.
May 29, 2013 |
It's 2013, and finally the public is beginning to acknowledge that, believe it or not, there are gay athletes who, believe it or not, compete in major professional sports. And that's a great thing. When NBA center Jason Collins made headlines last month as the first male athlete to come out in a major professional sport, it seemed that everyone from LeBron James to Barack Obama wanted to offer the Washington Wizards player words of admiration. But even the support of Lil Wayne and Bill Clinton cannot hide an important reality -- from collegiate to professional play, gay athletes still face an uphill battle.
February 19, 2014 |
Too much pasta landed three University of Oklahoma athletes on the wrong side of the NCAA rule book. The unusual case, first reported Wednesday by the Oklahoman, came after the trio attended a graduation banquet in 2013. To restore their eligibility, the athletes each had to donate $3.83 to charity to cover the cost of the pasta. The school reported the situation to the NCAA. "This is unusual," said John Infante, a former compliance director at Colorado State and Loyola Marymount who writes the Bylaw Blog.