April 22, 2001 |
Two consecutive women's gymnastics championships weren't enough for UCLA. The Bruins captured two individual titles Saturday night, fulfilling the predictions for their Olympian-packed "Dream Team." Mohini Bhardwaj won the floor exercise, and teammate Yvonne Tousek scored the top mark on the balance beam to end a season that went exactly as it was supposed to.
August 12, 2004 |
Gunilla Lindberg of Sweden on Wednesday became only the second woman elected vice president of the International Olympic Committee. Lindberg, 57, will serve a four-year term as vice president. An IOC member since 1996, she has been on the 15-member, policy-making executive board since 2000. Anita DeFrantz of Los Angeles, who served from 1997 to 2001, was the IOC's first female vice president. Lindberg called DeFrantz a "role model who encouraged women members to stand for election."
June 6, 2004 |
The triumph wasn't in the title, even though Courtney Kupets is proud to share the 2004 U.S. Gymnastics women's all-around title with Carly Patterson. But the triumph for Kupets came from something deeper. It came from keeping up her spirits and her belief that an Achilles' tendon ruptured in the middle of the 2003 world championships would cost her no more than the gold medal that she failed to win last year.
November 4, 2001 |
Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport clinched the women's tennis No. 1 ranking for the year by rallying past Kim Clijsters of Belgium, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), Saturday in the semifinals of the Sanex Championships at Munich, Germany. In today's title match, Davenport will face Serena Williams, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Sandrine Testud in the other semifinal. Davenport, who has won three consecutive titles and extended her winning streak to 15 matches, overtook Jennifer Capriati for the top ranking.
April 26, 1997 |
Perks of winning a national championship, as told by the UCLA women's gymnastics team: * cards and flowers galore, some from the likes of Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci; * a possible visit to the White House; * a brief reign as top jocks at a school recently ranked No. 1 in jocks by Sports Illustrated. And, finally, and perhaps most important: "It doesn't matter what we look like when we go out," junior Stella Umeh said.
October 22, 2004 |
Carly Patterson has become accustomed to drawing startled looks from adults and unabashed stares from kids when they recognize her as the Athens Olympic all-around gymnastics gold medalist. "It's OK," she said. "I'd do the same thing if Jessica Simpson was there." Life as an Olympic champion has been exhilarating and exhausting for Patterson, who visited Los Angeles this week to promote performances by the T.J.
August 8, 2004 |
The U.S. women's gymnastics team is favored to win a team gold medal. Courtney Kupets and Carly Patterson are among the favorites to win the individual all-around gold medal. The men's team is expected to do well too. Some sort of team medal will not be a surprise and if Paul Hamm, the defending world all-around champion, doesn't win Olympic gold, it will be a surprise. But the women figure to be in the spotlight. "We have lots of expectations on us," Kupets said at the U.S. nationals in June.
February 7, 2000 |
Lenny Krayzelburg of the United States and Ian Thorpe of Australia shook off a drug-testing controversy and a near-boycott to set world records at a short-course World Cup swimming meet Sunday at Berlin. Thorpe, 17, the focus of drug-taking allegations last week, sped across the pool at Europasportpark arena, covering 200 meters in one minute 41.10 seconds. That broke his own record of 1:42.54. "I wanted to swim a good time, but that it's a world record surprised me," Thorpe said.
May 2, 2001 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes the seat belt in his father's car was broken during his fatal accident, brushing aside claims by a rescue worker that the belt was intact when emergency crews arrived at the car. "I believe that the belt broke and I will always believe that," Earnhardt Jr. said Tuesday in Concord, N.C. "I'm not discarding anyone's statement as fiction, but there are always going to be two sides. I believe the belt broke."