May 26, 2012 |
Never heard of the guy, and he's not a Laker or Dodger, so what do I care? Probably the same for you - you're going to read a headline or see a picture of him, and I'll be amazed if you get this far. Yet they tell me he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as big shot of the year. He's also some kind of skater, so how can he really be a big shot? A friend asks if I will do him a favor and meet the skater. Yes, I have friends, but not many, so I cannot afford to blow him off. I sit down with Johann.
May 20, 2012 |
DALLAS -- Anna Tunnicliffe was born and raised in England. And she has the British accent to prove it. "With certain words it comes out," she acknowledged. But that does not, she insists, make this summer's Olympic Games a homecoming. "I'm American," said Tunnicliffe, who became a U.S. citizen in 2003 and an Olympic gold medalist five years later. "I've spent more than half my life in America. I'm going to England to compete. "I love the country. But no, I'm not going home.
April 19, 2012 |
Wrestler Rulon Gardner is in the familiar position of facing impossible odds. No one believed the Wyoming farm boy could beat legendary Greco-Roman wrestler Russian Alexander Karelin at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, yet Gardner won the gold medal in the heavyweight class. Few believed he could come back after a snowmobile accident to compete on the Olympic stage again, yet he returned to win a bronze medal in Athens. After experiencing a huge weight gain that he couldn't tackle until he appeared on TV's “The Biggest Loser,” Gardner is trying for another Olympic comeback at age 40. But his age wasn't his only obstacle as he prepared for the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.
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April 16, 2012
Murray Rose Swimmer won Olympic gold medals Murray Rose, 73, a four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer from Australia who also competed at USC while studying acting in the late '50s, died Sunday in Sydney of leukemia, Swimming Australia said. Rose became a national hero at 17 after winning three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Games, in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle events and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Four years later, in Rome, he won the 400 freestyle, took silver in the 1,500 freestyle and bronze in the 4x200 freestyle relay.
October 21, 2011 |
Michal Brezina, a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic, added by subtraction Friday night at Skate America and put himself into first place after the men's short program. Skating as the ninth of 10 skaters, Brezina, who finished fourth at last year's world championships, downgraded a planned quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination into a triple flip-triple toe loop and did it with high-flying verve. His decision paid off. Brezina's score of 79.08 gave him nearly a 10-point lead and first place over defending world silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka of Japan, who fell hard and early on his attempted quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop in the competition at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
August 13, 2011 |
Last year, while she was recovering from a second surgery on her right foot, Brittany Viola considered that her diving career might be over. And it's not as if she has no plans for the rest of her life. The 24-year-old, who is the daughter of former major league pitcher Frank Viola, has her degree from University of Miami. Her major was electronic media and sports administration. "I want to do something in sports," Viola said Saturday at the Spieker Athletics Center at UCLA. But for the near future anyway, that "something in sports" is still going to be diving.
July 17, 2011 |
There are two women above all others who are especially qualified to voice an opinion about the Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan on Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany. Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Milbrett are two of the finest attacking players the U.S. has produced. Gold-medal winners at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and silver-medal winners four years later at the Sydney Games, they also were teammates on the U.S. side that won the 1999 Women's World Cup. In other words, they know very well the kind of pressure the players on both teams will be under Sunday, and they also know firsthand that something special will be needed to make a difference.
June 11, 2011 |
This wasn't the Last Waltz … how about the Last Splash? One of the more unexpected, and interesting, sports comebacks kicked off Saturday on a drizzly morning in Fullerton in front of a scattered group of spectators with freight trains rumbling by not far away, occasionally puncturing the quiet. Swimming icon Janet Evans, at 39 competing for the first time in 15 years, took out two masters age-group world records in about 3 1/2 hours, winning two distance events and exceeding her exceedingly modest goals at the Janet Evans Invitational at a swim complex named after Evans.
January 16, 2011 |
Some of you out there undoubtedly have put "run a marathon" on your list of New Year's resolutions. Maybe you're in need of a little guidance -- and inspiration. Here's a coach who can provide both. Rod Dixon, director of training and coaching for the Honda L.A. Marathon and a former Olympic medal winner, will be the guest on a live Web chat Monday (2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST and 11 a.m. PST). Dixon will discuss topics such as the mechanics of running and how to plan a training program.
January 4, 2011 |
Bob Harper isn't going anywhere. Season 11 of "The Biggest Loser" starts Tuesday on NBC with the biggest twist the weight-loss show has ever seen: Contestants must choose between working out with Harper and Jillian Michaels or with two unknown trainers. Why would anyone choose the latter? Because it comes with four weeks immunity from elimination ? the most valuable prize the show has to offer short of the $250,000 payday awaiting the contestant who loses the largest percentage of his or her body weight.