August 22, 2008 |
Is the U.S. winning the Olympics? The United States (or more precisely, the U.S. news media) have unilaterally chosen to rank countries' overall performance according to which nation has won the most total medals. Not surprisingly, under this standard, the U.S. may come out on top. The media of most other countries, however, rank nations according to the number of gold medals only, which puts China far ahead. Assuming the medal trends hold, which country will have actually won when the Olympics wrap up Sunday?
June 16, 1991 |
This is the astonishing story of Victorio Peak, a minor mountain with major history in the sandy southern deserts of New Mexico. Under its rocky and road-scarred topsoil lies one of two things: either a king's ransom in hidden gold bars--upwards of $2 billion, maybe--or the dusky nothingness of empty limestone caverns.
November 30, 2005 |
Gold, the fashion accessory that became grossly out of style on Wall Street in the 1990s, passed a new milepost in its comeback Tuesday. The metal traded above $500 an ounce, a price last reached in 1987, extending a rally that has made it one of this decade's star investments. However, holiday jewelry shoppers may be insulated from the latest price surge, which has lifted gold from $460 an ounce at the start of the month.
December 10, 1997 |
The Vatican denied that it received gold looted from Gypsy concentration camp victims and stood by its refusal to open archives covering the Nazi period. At a London conference on Nazi gold last week, a delegation of Gypsies, also known as Roma, said nearly $2 million was seized from Roma people killed in Croatian camps and sent to the Vatican. The group provided no evidence for its claim and did not say whether it believes that the Vatican still has the gold.
October 30, 2007 |
Gold is making a run for $800 an ounce, a level it hasn't visited in 27 years. Near-term gold futures in New York rose $5.20 to $789.10 an ounce on Monday, the highest closing price since January 1980. "It is extremely likely gold will get through $800 in the short term -- over the next few weeks -- maybe even sooner," said Peter Richardson, strategist at Craton Capital, a South African investment firm. Gold has risen $100 in the last two months alone.
February 9, 2003 |
Gold is the answer to a riddle that might have been posed in the 1990s if anyone had cared enough to bother: Name an asset that is always in fashion, yet grossly unfashionable. As an ornamentation, gold never has and probably never will go out of style with humankind. But as an investment, very little fared worse than the yellow metal in the final decade of the last century. Its price fell 29% in the 10 years ended in 1999, a period in which the Dow Jones industrial average returned 439%.
May 14, 1993 |
Buying gold can be an unprofitable experience for the unwary. Here are some tips to make you a smarter investor: * Know your options. Gold coins and bars come in denominations ranging from 1/20th ounce up to a kilogram (2.2 pounds). The most commonly sold new coins in the United States are the American Eagle, the Canadian Maple Leaf and the Australian Kangaroo Nugget.
February 13, 2010 |
Wildly unpredictable weather, possible history on deck and one unhappy husband and wife. Yes, there won't be a shortage of potential intriguing potential story lines Saturday in the women's moguls competition at Cypress Mountain, one of the first medal events at the Games. First off: history. If all goes well, Calgary-raised Jennifer Heil will erase a bit of annoying Canadian lore, namely that a Canadian has never managed to win a gold medal when the Games have been on home ground.
February 15, 2010 |
Tension gripped the finish area and, quite likely, an entire nation. Alex Bilodeau stood in the place where his Canadian countrywoman Jenn Heil watched her gold medal wind up in the hands of an American freestyler on the last run of the night. Less than 24 hours later, fate reversed field and, at the same time, reached out and touched an unheralded American on Sunday at Cypress Mountain just before 6:20 local time. Gold, Canada. Bilodeau, a 22-year-old from Montreal, won the men's moguls gold medal, which was the first ever for Canada when it was hosting the Olympics.
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April 29, 2010 |
Victoria Manalo Draves, the first woman to win two gold medals in diving in the same Olympics — in the three-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform competitions in London in 1948 — and the first Asian American to win an Olympic medal, has died. She was 85. Draves died April 11 from complications of pancreatic cancer at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, said her husband and former coach, Lyle Draves. A native of San Francisco whose father was Filipino and whose mother was English, Draves was the national platform diving champion for three years running and the reigning national indoor springboard champion when she arrived at the Olympics in 1948.