February 13, 2006 |
Like the moonlight casting its glow upon the snow-covered Alps, the media spotlight has fixed its beam upon Gretchen Bleiler. She's one of the magnets of these Turin Games, complete with the familiar dramatic arc of an Olympic story: ... Falls just short of qualifying for 2002 Games, then suffers a career-threatening injury, recovers, refocuses and dominates qualifying for what might be her last chance at Olympic glory ... Bleiler, 24, of Aspen, Colo.
February 18, 2010 |
Hannah Teter didn't waste any time drawing her line in the snow. The defending Olympic gold medalist in the women's halfpipe was talking about what she was going to drink and eat at the Olympics and mentioned a certain fast-food franchise. You know, that place with the golden (not medal) arches. " NOT ," she said, grinning. She felt that way long before the movie "Super Size Me" and hasn't gobbled down a Big Mac or anything on the menu in 10 years. "I have seen parts of it," Teter said.
January 30, 2005 |
Kelly Clark didn't win the women's superpipe finals Saturday night at the Winter X Games. But she pulled off a 900-degree revolution high above the pipe's 17-foot wall, which is something very few women can do. She didn't finish second or even third, the 900 being not enough to make up for a fall earlier on her second and final run. But she ended each of her runs amid tremendous applause, which is a testament to her popularity.
January 29, 2010 |
There are snow days and then there are snow(boarding) days. After all, ESPN's Winter X Games here might as well be an officially sanctioned school holiday. Morning practice was finishing Thursday at Buttermilk Mountain and Olympian Gretchen Bleiler was taking off her board at the bottom of the pipe, chatting with Mike Jankowski, the U.S Olympic head halfpipe coach. Jankowski spotted a group of elementary school youngsters -- kids about 8 or 9 years old given the day off from the classroom -- peeking over the fence and practically shaking with excitement.
March 4, 2002 |
Along with other Olympic-obsessed Americans, I sat in my living room and watched spellbound as Ross Powers, 23, Danny Kass, 19, and J.J. Thomas, 20, threw wild stunts in the air and swept the medals in the men's half-pipe. And it's not just guys who do corkscrews and catch air. Girls do it too. Kelly Clark, 18, won America's first gold medal in the women's half-pipe with her daredevil moves. Is there any sport so cool? For the first time in my life I felt cheated by history.
February 11, 2002
3,000-Meter Speedskating G Claudia Pechstein, Germany S Renate Groenewold, Netherlands B Cindy Klassen, Canada Halfpipe Snowboard G Kelly Clark, United States S Doriane Vidal, France B Fabienne Reuteler, Switzerland Men's Downhill G Fritz Strobl, Austria S Lasse Kjus, Norway B Stephan Eberharter, Austria 90-Meter Ski Jump G Simon Ammann, Switzerland S Sven Hannawald, Germany B Adam Malysz, Poland Nordic Combined G Samppa Lajunen, Finland S Jaakko Tallus, Finland B Felix Gottwald, Austria