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.
June 26, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. — Maurice Greene , a four-time Olympic sprint medalist and five-time world champion, never lacked titles or ego. But he said a race to break the deadlock between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh for the final U.S. women's 100-meter berth at the London Games would eclipse any of his grudge matches, including his 200-meter showdown against Michael Johnson at the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials. "This will supersede every other race," Greene said Tuesday, a day off in this year's trials.
June 25, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Jenn Suhr's pole vaulting career has taken off since she won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but her training situation remains grounded. Suhr, known as Jenn Stuczynski before she married her coach, Rick Suhr , still trains in a cramped airplane hangar behind her home near Rochester, N.Y. Suhr has come close to hitting the hangar's ceiling in practice several times, but she didn't have to soar quite that high at Hayward Field on Sunday to triumph at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and win a berth at the London Games.
June 20, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. -- After Joanna Hayes tore her patellar tendon at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials and couldn't defend the 100-meter hurdles gold medal she had won at the Athens Games, she figured her athletic career was over. She rehabbed slowly, well enough to run alongside the kids she coaches at Studio City Harvard-Westlake but with no goal other than to live a “normal” life. Giving birth to her daughter, Zoe, in December 2010 seemed to cement her retirement. But then her knee stopped hurting during her cross-country runs with the Harvard-Westlake kids, and her boyfriend, Eric Thomas, triggered her competitive instincts by suggesting she could probably still compete on an elite level.
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.