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?
July 27, 2008 |
HOUSTON -- Carly Patterson wants to be a rock star. She has aimed her post-Olympic career more toward Madonna than Mary Lou Retton. Patterson, 20, has three tattoos and wears tight T-shirts and high, high heels. She speaks seriously of holing up to write songs and of traveling to Los Angeles and Dallas and New York for recording sessions and dance lessons. Four years ago, Patterson seemed well-placed to become America's New Sweetheart.
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 22, 2003 |
To say Tasha Schwikert has come full circle is no cliche, no cutesy pun about her gymnastics skills or ability to contort herself into a pretzel and look graceful doing it. Three months ago she was banished from the gym by her longtime coach, Cassie Rice, who refused to tolerate her lackadaisical practice habits and desire to waste the talent that had twice won her U.S. all-around titles.
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.
June 4, 2004 |
If there is no Olympics for Annia Hatch, if it turns out she cannot overcome the knee she tore up nine months ago in Anaheim, gymnastics has still been a blast, a way of fulfilling dreams she didn't know she had, a way of making her way in a country she never knew would accept her. Hatch, the 25-year-old whose native Cuba wouldn't send her to the 1996 Olympics even though she had qualified, because it didn't want to take on the expense, won a U.S.