February 22, 2014 |
Lauren Holiday sits pensively, hands clasped in her lap, a UCLA basketball practice jersey folded around her. Rocking slightly, she leans forward in her chair as she struggles to remember the incidents that changed her life. She had been asked about the series of head injuries she has endured in her two seasons as a college basketball player: How many were there? When did they happen? And how? "To be honest, I don't really remember," she says quietly from time to time. And then: "My memory is really bad now because of them.
February 21, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - This has been a tough week for the Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics. Sports have seemed far less important amid reports of bloody clashes between the government and opposition demonstrators back home. So Valj Semerenko could be forgiven for crying on the podium as she and her teammates received gold medals for their upset victory in the 4x6K biathlon relay Friday night. "I tried to calm down and was trying to hide it behind my skis," she said. "They were tears of happiness, not only mine, but of the whole country, our team.
February 17, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The waiting Monday morning and afternoon was something to be embraced, not detested. There was no fear in U.S. snowboarder Nate Holland's vocabulary when weather disrupted the Olympic schedule, causing a day's delay to the men's snowboard cross event. "I live for days like this," Holland said. "Like I said, it was a dress rehearsal. You get a free rush out of it…. Like I said, we'll be back tomorrow. Hopefully the weather cooperates. It's time to go. Tomorrow should be a good day to try and win the Olympics.
February 16, 2014 |
NEW YORK - If the menswear collections coming down the runways at the recently wrapped New York Fashion Week are any indication, fall 2014 is going to be filled with laid-back luxe - unconstructed, blanket-like outerwear, chunky novel knitwear and a quilted one of everything. But the biggest trend coming off the runway - and what might really be a game-changing look for the American male of nine months hence - is the upscale take on the lowly sweat pant. Sure, there were plenty of sharp tailored suits to go around, as well as softer versions of traditional menswear suiting in fabrics including Glen plaids, herringbone and houndstooth.
February 16, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- He stunned people last week at the Olympics when he talked about having more concussions than his age, seeming blissfully unconcerned. There was the great leap over a moving train, while on a snowboard several years ago, much to the great displeasure of folks at Union Pacific. Recently, he ignited the Internet with a stunt at Travis Pastrana's compound in Maryland, blasting off a massive ramp, into the sky, seemingly headed for trouble and "kicked off a tree" before landing safely.
February 15, 2014 |
The conversation was short, limited to basic words and gestures. But the two bobsledders -- one Russian, one American -- understood each other. "Was good?" Alexander Kasjanov asked, pointing toward the track at the Sanki Sliding Center. "U.S. pilot Steven Holcomb slung an arm around his competitor's shoulder as they walked back toward their sleds. As Holcomb had explained earlier: "We all get along. " "Most of the athletes at these 2014 Sochi Olympics are a generation removed from Cold War tensions that once fueled an intense rivalry between Russians and Americans.