February 21, 2002 |
The Olympics finally got to see highly touted German speedskater Anni Friesinger at her best Wednesday, and Jennifer Rodriguez kept the American medals train chugging along. Friesinger, after finishing out of the medals in the women's 3,000 and 1,000, was untouchable in her specialty, winning the 1,500 meters in world-record time, 1 minute 54.02 seconds, .36 of a second faster than she had skated the distance last March at the Olympic rink in Calgary.
February 23, 2006 |
Jennifer Rodriguez's vision was blurry. Her knees buckled. The last two meters were horrible. It was great. "I'm proud of myself," she said after placing eighth in the women's 1,500 speedskating event Wednesday night. "You know what, this possibly could be my last race. I told myself, 'Just go out there and enjoy it. There's no pressure on you because you know you're not at the top of your game.' You just want to go out and skate your best. And that's what I did." Canada's Cindy Klassen (1:55.
February 12, 1998 |
I went to the M-Wave on Wednesday to see Kirstin Holum. If any American speedskater would contend for a medal in the women's 3,000 meters, she figured to be the one. Some people are born with silver spoons. Holum was born with silver skates. She's coached by her mother, Dianne Holum, whose credentials are impeccable. She coached Eric Heiden, who won five speedskating gold medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics, and won four medals herself, the first at age 16 in 1968.
February 23, 2002 |
A Mexican American man, a Cuban American woman, a Japanese American man, an African American woman, these have been our Olympic heroes. Derek Parra, dark hair, dark skin, dark eyes brimming with tears and singing the words to the U.S. national anthem, a young man from San Bernardino wins a speedskating gold medal and you can be sure that right now, today, there are little boys in Milwaukee and Duluth, in Palm Springs, Fla., and Palm Springs, Calif.,...
February 18, 2002
Women's 1,000m speedskating G Chris Witty, U.S. S Sabine Voelker, Germany B Jennifer Rodriguez, U.S. Women's super-G G Daniela Ceccarelli, Italy S Janica Kostelic, Croatia B Karen Putzer, Italy Men's Nordic combined G Finland S Germany B Austria Men's cross-country skiing G Norway S Italy B Germany Bobsled G Christoph Langen and Markus Zimmermann, Germany S Christian Reich and Steve Anderhub, Switzerland B Martin Annen and Beat Hefti, Switzerland
February 19, 2006
Chris Witty and Jennifer Rodriguez, who won gold and bronze in 2002 at Salt Lake City, are the United States' best hopes. Witty, one of nine athletes who have represented the U.S. in Summer and Winter Games, carried the flag in the opening ceremony. Rodriguez was the first Latina to win a Winter Olympics medal. Germany's Anni Friesinger won a gold medal Thursday in the team pursuit, and Italy's Chiaro Simionato is the local favorite.