August 4, 2012 |
Dominique Moceanu captured the world's attention as the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team, the first American women's team to ever win gold for the United States. Moceanu was just 14 when she competed that year in Atlanta and quickly became the new face of the sport. But in her new book, "Off Balance" (Touchstone), the now 30-year-old mother of two describes as cruel the legendary coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi and criticizes the methods they used to create champions.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON - There's not much left for Kim Rhode to do in her Olympic career. She's the only U.S. athlete to win five medals in five consecutive Games. The shooter from El Monte is also the first female to compete in all three shotgun disciplines at the Olympics. And moments after finishing ninth in the women's trap event, with her gold medal in women's skeet secured days earlier, she indicated she intends to compete in Rio four years from now. PHOTOS: 2012 London Olympics, Day 8 She'll be 37 then.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON -- Jennie Reed got her silver medal in the women's team pursuit Saturday. What she did not get was a chance to stand on the podium. Each team in this particular cycling event has four members, but uses only three at a time. Because the U.S. women were underdogs to the likes of Great Britain, Australia and Canada, they needed to keep fresh legs on the track. So after Reed teamed with Sarah Hammer and Dotsie Bausch to edge Australia in the first round, coaches replaced her with another American -- Lauren Tamayo -- for the gold-medal race.
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON - Defending Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser were unceremoniously eliminated by a seemingly overmatched Italian team on Friday. Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy were in command most of the match, winning, 21-17, 21-19. Rogers and Dalhausser fell behind, 12-7 in the second set before tying the score, 19-19, but lost the next two points. "It's a little bit different when you win," Dalhausser said. "It takes about a month to sink in. When you lose, it smacks you right in the face the second the ball hits the sand.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - It was a little like watching Willie Mays strike out in his last at-bat or Michael Jordan miss his final two field-goal attempts. Because Tony Gunawan, the greatest doubles badminton player of all time, didn't so much walk off the court for the final time Monday - he and partner Howard Bach were swept off it. The pair played three matches and six games in three days at the London Olympics and lost them all, stumbling over Japan's Naoki Kawamae...
July 28, 2012 |
LONDON -- Sometimes starting over is a disadvantage. The U.S. men's gymnastics team finished first Saturday in the qualifying competition that selected eight team finalists. And Americans Danell Leyva and John Orozco qualified first and fourth in the all-around scoring, both ahead of three-time defending world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan. He fell twice Saturday. But all those scores are erased and everything begins when the medal rounds start Monday. "We're going to do everything we can to make it finish like that," said Jonathan Horton, who is the only American left from the men's team that won bronze in Beijing in 2008.
July 18, 2012 |
Valley native and four-time ice hockey Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero - one gold, two silvers, one bronze - was elected in 2010 by her fellow Olympians to the Athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee. She's one of 12 athletes designated to speak for the wrestlers, runners, swimmers, skaters and all the other competitors in the hierarchy that governs the Games. Next week's London Olympics are her first as a member of the IOC, but she's already working far ahead: on the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, on the 2016 youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and on her MBA at Harvard, her alma mater.
June 29, 2012 |
SAN JOSE - Nastia Liukin's legs flopped instead of standing straight as she swung around the uneven bars as if a strong gust of wind had blown through HP Pavilion. As the crowd was still gasping at that mistake, Liukin landed on her backside instead of her feet and in the first 10 minutes of the U.S. Olympic trials, Liukin's attempt at making her second Olympic team seemed over Friday night. Jordyn Wieber, a 16-year-old from DeWitt, Mich., put herself firmly in first place after the first of two nights of the U.S. Olympic trials.
June 27, 2012 |
SAN JOSE -- Nastia Liukin did a real landing off the uneven bars, with a little help from her father and coach, Valeri. Liukin, the defending Olympic all-around gold medalist, made the decision earlier this year to make a comeback that has been halting at best. She was barely able to complete routines in her signature event, the uneven bars, at the U.S. national championships two weeks ago, and she was not doing a dismount. Liukin did her dismount Wednesday during podium training at the HP Pavilion, where the Olympic trials begin Thursday for the men and Friday for the women.