May 13, 2012 |
It wasn't so long ago that Gwen Jorgensen got a call from U.S. triathlon officials. They knew she had competed as a runner and swimmer in college. Now that she had graduated, they wondered if she might like to try something new. But Jorgensen had pretty much put sports on the back burner to start a career in accounting. Besides, the word "triathlon" conjured images of the grueling Ironman competition, athletes pushing themselves to the point of collapse. "No," she told them, "that doesn't interest me. " Which makes it all the more surprising that - just a few years later - the 26-year-old will race in the triathlon at the 2012 London Olympics, an overnight success in a sport she has grown to love.
May 10, 2012 |
There are at least two reasons why fans might expect the U.S. to excel in the Olympic triathlon. First, this country is home to the sport's best-known race, the famed Ironman competition in Hawaii. Second, well, this is America. "When you go to the Olympics, everyone expects a medal," said Jarrod Shoemaker, who ranks among the nation's best triathletes. "You win a medal and then you get invited to the Oprah show. " But in the triathlon's relatively short Olympic history, Americans have not fared so well, especially not the men, who have yet to stand on the podium.
December 11, 2011 |
Clay Matthews' star power has captured the attention of both the NFL fan base and offensive coordinators, who've spent this season seeking to double-team the third-year Green Bay Packers linebacker from USC. Matthews' sack and tackle numbers are down from last season, when he contributed 13.5 sacks and nearly four tackles a game for the Super Bowl champions. After Sunday's 46-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Matthews has six sacks and 38 tackles. As the calendar turned to December in a big game last week, Matthews began asserting himself at critical times, intercepting a pass by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and returning it for a touchdown, recording a sack and forcing a fumble.
March 7, 2011 |
The explosive growth of triathlons ? the number of participants has doubled in the last three years to 1.2 million ? has also had an explosive effect on sports technology. Every triathlete, no matter the age or ability, is a racer ? and practically every racer is a gearhead, lusting after innovations that will help him or her go faster. Since money is often no object for the swim-bike-run crowd, product designers with far-out idea are working overtime. Here's what they've come up with lately.
October 8, 2010
He keeps fighting Re "After chemo, the Ironman," Oct. 5 Thank you for your wonderful story on Marine Staff Sgt. Clayton Treska, who plans to race in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii while battling stage 4 cancer. It is extraordinary people like him who inspire all of us to support the people and organizations that stand behind those who are making a difference. Susan Mullen-Germansky Studio City Here is a true hero; a person who knows adversity and is facing it head on. Why can't we have politicians like Treska?
October 5, 2010
If anyone serves as a larger-than-life example of the ability to survive cancer and return to physical exercise, it's Lance Armstrong. The premier U.S. road-racing cyclist won a record seven Tour de France competitions from 1999 to 2005 after having undergone surgery and chemotherapy treatments for testicular cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. Three years ago, Livestrong, the cancer-fighting foundation Armstrong created, teamed up with YMCAs nationwide to offer fitness training programs for those with cancer and those who have survived the disease.