January 3, 2002 |
Alpine Skiing: Daron Rahlves of Sugar Bowl was pleased with his sixth-place finish at a tough downhill last weekend in Bormio, Italy. "We're not totally on yet, but we're on our way," Rahlves said of the men's speed team. "I really feel good about my skiing right now." Chad Fleischer's 16th-place finish in that race was his best of the season....
January 23, 2002 |
U.S. Olympian Ed Moses set short-course world records in the 50-and 200-meter breaststrokes in a World Cup swim meet Tuesday at Stockholm. Moses was timed in 26.28 seconds in the 50, an impressive improvement on the previous record of 26.70, set by Mark Warnecke of Germany on Dec. 11, 1998. Less than an hour later, Moses broke his 200 breaststroke mark by finishing in 2:03.28. He had set the previous record of 2:04.37 on Friday in a World Cup meet at Paris.
December 19, 1997 |
Those traveling to any of California's major ski areas during the holidays can be sure of one thing: a white Christmas. Therefore, in an effort to determine which area is exhibiting the most holiday spirit, I made some calls, sent some e-mail and opened some press releases, and came to the conclusion that, if I were taking a family on a skiing vacation for Christmas vacation, I would go to Lake Tahoe.
March 4, 2002 |
A recap of the news while recovering from post-traumatic Olympic security syndrome and wondering what marathon runners think about during miles 2 through 23. News item: Austrian Hannes Trinkl wins important Alpine downhill race in Norway. Second thought: This is a huge story because Trinkl didn't even make the cut for the mighty Austrian Olympic team, yet ... what's that? The Olympics are over? They blew out the torch? The translators have gone home?
January 28, 1998 |
Track and field's world governing body is pursuing the Mary Slaney drug case. The International Amateur Athletic Federation's drug commission has ruled that the case will go to arbitration--five months after USA Track & Field cleared Slaney. A test at the 1996 Olympic trials showed that Slaney had high levels of testosterone. USATF said it fully supports the outcome of its hearing panel and will vigorously oppose any efforts to overturn the decision.
February 12, 1998 |
Top three jokes making the rounds here about Ross Rebagliati, the smokin', tokin', busted snowboarder from Canada: "O Cannabis!" "He was going for the gold, the Acapulco Gold." "Welcome to Fast Times at Nagano City." Of course, drug usage in sports, of any kind, is very serious business, not to be taken lightly, no laughing matter. And did you hear the one about Rebagliati getting caught because they found crumpled Ding Dong and Doritos wrappers stuffed inside his snow boots?
February 13, 2002 |
A Salt Lake Winter Olympic scandal involving a controversial figure skating decision, an internal investigation by the International Skating Union and a Chinese judge suddenly and mysteriously taking ill? How quaint. No under-the-table freebies? No behind-closed-door gratuities? Just an old-fashioned squabble over who really won the pairs gold medal, coupled with accusations of political back-scratching and bloc voting? It's enough to make you misty-eyed, and you don't even have to be Canadian.
February 15, 1998 |
There is one in every crowd, especially when that crowd is a scrum of cold and cranky sportswriters vacuum-packed into the holding cell at White Ring arena they call the figure skating "mixed zone." While waiting, and waiting, to see if Elvis Stojko might limp by for a word about Canada's latest failed attempt at winning the men's figure skating gold medal, one wise-guy scribe began singing to the tune of "O Canada": "We're NUM-ber Two!" Oh, Canada, 0-for-the-Olympics, still.
February 13, 1998 |
While whiteout conditions forced one postponement after another of the skiing and snowboarding events at the Nagano Games, John Koulouris made the comment, "They should hold the Olympics at Baldy." Fat chance of that ever happening, but Koulouris' point was well made. Heavy snow also fell throughout the San Gabriel Mountains last weekend, and the Mount Baldy ski area was one of the prime beneficiaries.
February 20, 2002 |
Ales Valenta of the Czech Republic did what no one in Olympic history has ever done in winning the men's aerial freestyle skiing competition Tuesday. On his second and final run off a high-speed ramp, flying some 50 to 60 feet into the air, he executed three back flips while--at the same time--spinning through five full twists. No one in Olympic aerials competition had ever before done five twists. No one else even tried on Tuesday, sticking with the comparative safety of four.