February 3, 2002 |
When Ildiko Strehli marches in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8, she plans to carry in her pocket a list of friends and family members who have supported her. When the Hungarian makes her first bobsled run 11 days later, she'll push a used sled she calls the "sled full of hope" with a pink ribbon--the symbol of breast cancer survivors--painted on the side.
December 15, 2001 |
Figure skating doesn't have a monopoly on soap opera scenarios. Top-ranked U.S. bobsled driver Jean Racine dumped her longtime brakeman, Jen Davidson, a week before the Olympic trials and replaced her with Gea Johnson, the former NCAA heptathlon champion who served a four-year international suspension for using anabolic steroids and posed nude for a fitness magazine.
November 15, 2001 |
Dominik Hasek and his Czech teammates were the darlings of the Nagano Olympics. While the U.S. and Canada sent players whose egos were as inflated as their NHL salaries, the Czechs chose a team that included nine non-NHL players. In a classic David vs. Goliath story, the Czechs withstood the best the U.S., Canada and Russia threw at them and won gold.
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March 5, 2000 |
While most kids are dabbling in peewee basketball or youth soccer, a few hardy young daredevils who dream of Olympic gold are careening down Utah's mountains. Each weekday beginner bobsledders, lugers, ski jumpers and aerial freestyle skiers test their mettle at the Utah Winter Sports Park, a venue for the 2002 Winter Games. But these young athletes aren't worried about 2002. They're looking ahead to the 2006 games in Turin, Italy.
February 28, 1998 |
The cash-strapped U.S. Virgin Islands Winter Olympic team has sold two bobsleds to a Japanese firm that reportedly runs "love hotels," a newspaper reported Thursday. The Japan Times said the team sold its three bobsleds--a four-man sled and two two-man sleds--because it could not afford to ship them out of Japan and needed money to repay loans taken out to compete in the Nagano Games.
February 22, 1998 |
While the focus was on Brian Shimer's attempt to end the bobsled medal drought in four-man competition, Jim Herberich finished 12th in USA II. Herberich, 35 on March 8, is a Harvard graduate who works as a hydrologist with a consulting and engineering firm. He said he was leaning toward continuing his bobsled career, "But I'm not sure I want to go through this again. It's five or six months on the road every winter, and I'm getting a little old for that.
February 22, 1998 |
How to measure two-hundredths of a second? Maybe by the bounce of Brian Shimer's helmet after he hurled it off the bottom of his bobsled. Maybe by the crack of his voice and the tears that the four-time Olympian kept fighting as he reflected on his Olympic frustrations and wondered how his speed had suddenly evaporated over the bottom portion of what appeared to be a medal-winning run in the third and final heat of the four-man competition Saturday.
February 21, 1998 |
The bobsled track known as the Spiral was turned into an E-ticket water slide by relentless rain on Friday, but it couldn't be compared to an amusement ride. Brian Shimer, the driver of USA I, said that trying to control his 1,800-pound sled in the first heat of four man competition was a nightmare, but he did more than tread water. He emerged in fourth place, within striking distance of the first U.S. bobsled medal since 1952.
February 10, 1998 |
Michael Dionne has asked to be allowed to stay at the Olympics, even though he's suspended in a doping case and has no chance to compete. The bobsled pusher from Alpharetta, Ga., went before the International Court for Arbitration in Sports on Monday to appeal his three-month ban for using ephedrine. Dionne told the panel he had inadvertently taken the drug as part of a cold medicine, and asked that his suspension from competition be wiped out.