August 21, 2004 |
A week into the 2004 Olympics, with swimming winding down and track and field gearing up, American athletes lead the overall count and still hold a reasonable shot at winning the 100 medals the U.S. Olympic Committee set as a target for the Athens Games, officials said Friday. Through Friday night, U.S. athletes had won 40 medals, led by the swimming team's 25. Still to come: track and field, wrestling, taekwondo and the medal rounds in sports such as basketball, softball and beach volleyball.
August 20, 2004 |
Want to own a piece of the 2004 Summer Olympics? Like, say, an apparatus from the men's gymnastics competition? The high bar, the still rings, the pommel horse, the judge's table -- autographed by Paul Hamm? Or maybe the electronic basketball scoreboard at Helliniko Indoor Arena, the one that actually flashed, "Puerto Rico 92, USA 73?" No go? Then how about the rest of Helliniko Indoor Arena?
June 23, 2004 |
Martha Karolyi does not bestow compliments lightly. That's why it was so telling when Karolyi, the U.S. women's gymnastics team's program coordinator, invoked the names of Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci in discussing Carly Patterson's knack for thriving under duress. Comaneci, with her skill and daring at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, raised the standards of technical brilliance in the sport. And Retton, with sure, powerful performances, helped the U.S.
August 23, 2003 |
Just because they have sparkles in their hair and braces on their teeth doesn't mean those little gymnasts aren't tough. It's a demanding sport. Take the U.S. women's squad. Courtney Kupets tore an Achilles' tendon in practice Tuesday, and Annia Hatch blew out her knee while landing a vault last Saturday. Carly Patterson competed all week while bothered by an elbow bone she broke in the spring, the type of grit that would fill two shelves' worth of reels at NFL Films.
June 19, 2003 |
Tasha Schwikert missed her senior prom because she was at a gymnastics training camp, and she has missed most of this season while recovering from ankle surgery last December. But she won't miss the chance to pursue her third consecutive all-around title at the U.S. gymnastics championships, even though she can't perform her toughest moves.
June 22, 2003 |
Courtney Kupets apparently is as good at math as she is at tumbling and vaulting. Second before the final rotation of the all-around finals at the U.S. gymnastics championships Saturday, she knew a solid balance beam routine would win her the title and a berth on the U.S. team at the world championships in Anaheim in August. "I heard the announcements," she said of her placement, "but I tried not to let it get in my head. I tried to stay calm." While the young girls in the crowd at U.S.
March 6, 2003 |
American James Blake failed on five match points in the second set before pulling out a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (1), 6-2 victory over Sweden's Thomas Enqvist in the second round of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic on Wednesday at Scottsdale, Ariz. Blake improved to 1-1 lifetime against Enqvist, who eliminated second-seeded Andre Agassi in the first round. "At the end of that set [the second], I was disappointed because I knew I had my chances to do it then," said Blake, who had eight aces.
August 16, 2002 |
It would have taken a lot more than a broken toe to keep Tabitha Yim out of the U.S. gymnastics championships. Or a broken toe and an injured hip. Or the broken toe, injured hip and fractured ankle the Irvine teenager suffered in miserable succession over six months within the last year. "It was pretty tough," she said of her enforced training break. "I did a lot of conditioning and strength exercises." That work served her well at last week's U.S.
April 18, 2004 |
Venus Williams defeated Jelena Kostanic, 6-4, 6-1, Saturday at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., capitalizing on a strong serve to reach her first final of the year. She will play Conchita Martinez, who defeated Patty Schnyder, 6-4, 6-3, in the other semifinal. Martinez, seeded 16th, won the tournament in 1994 and '95. Williams was playing in her first semifinal of the season and first clay-court event.
August 23, 2004 |
Second thoughts and random shots on the weekend in sports, starting with the Olympic Games in Athens (plenty of good seats still available).... * I would feel more comfortable saying the United States' men's basketball team still has an outside shot at a gold medal if anyone on the U.S. team actually had an outside shot. * Look for Carly Patterson's gold-medal victory in the gymnastics all-around to land her on a Wheaties box.