January 11, 1999 |
This early in the season, UCLA women's gymnastics Coach Valorie Kondos isn't looking to victories for satisfaction. Instead, she wants to see her team compete against the nation's best. In the second meet of the season for both Georgia and UCLA, the No. 3 Bruins fell to the top-ranked Bulldogs, 195.800-193.500, before 2,144 Sunday night at Pauley Pavilion. While Kondos came away with a loss, she also came away happy.
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.
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.
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.
August 16, 2004 |
The happy face came after the gymnastics, when the coaches and competitors smiled and said, one after another, that things were good, mistakes were minor, nerves were nothing special and all that mattered was qualifying for the team finals. It was the other faces that were more telling. It was the steely smile Courtney Kupets forced herself to offer judges after her lifeless floor exercise routine was scored only a 9.400.
April 5, 2001 |
With its most talented women's gymnastics team in school history, UCLA had expectations of an undefeated season. As the defending NCAA champions and owner of this season's bull's-eye, the Bruins set that goal for themselves. With four Olympians coming in as freshmen, they could afford to have such a bold outlook. But while the Bruins have taken their performances to a higher level this season, they have found out that opponents are meeting the challenge.