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."
October 31, 2011 |
A cream-colored Spanish villa on a street near Hancock Park lined with cottonwood trees houses the medical office where a steady stream of pro and amateur athletes comes looking to chill out. And by chill, we mean standing nearly naked for a few minutes in a 6-foot-tall metal chamber as blasts of nitrogen chill the air inside to nearly minus-300 degrees Fahrenheit. Such bone-chilling conditions might sound harmful, but the whole-body cryotherapy treatment utilizes extreme cold in small doses to speed muscle recovery and reduce inflammation after workouts or surgery.
October 11, 2010
Chocolate milk has become a somewhat volatile liquid. In a food fight that's been raging for the past few years, some have called on schools to ban the beverage for children because of its high sugar content; the National Dairy Council struck back with a "Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk" campaign. A cup of chocolate milk has about 24 grams to 30 grams of sugar; regular whole milk has about 11 grams to 13 grams of sugar. (For more, read the Los Angeles Times story "Should chocolate milk be allowed in schools?"
August 2, 2012 |
OLYMPIC APPETITES Olympic athletes consume several thousand calories a day -- often in the form of junk food . "I love fatty desserts," says gold medalist swimmer Nathan Adrian , such as white cake topped with rainbow sprinkles. [ Wall Street Journal ] BURNING QUESTIONS Norman Lear answers the query : What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? (And he's 90 but has 17-year-old daughters?!) [New York magazine] ON VALUE AND TRUFFLES " Is it really worth spending money on fine dining when so much of the happiness we experience is simply our brains fleeing from cognitive dissonance?"