February 15, 2002
If Wednesday's training runs are any indication, the United States will be in the medal chase with both its luge doubles teams today. The teams of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin and Chris Thorpe and Clay Ives turned in some of the top times at Utah Olympic Park. Grimmette and Martin, bronze medalists at the Nagano Games, were the fastest on the first run at 43.217 seconds and second-fastest in the second run at 43.313. Thorpe and Ives were fastest starters both times, with the day's best 3.
February 14, 2002
Austrians, led by downhill bronze medalist Renate Goetschl, are 1-2-3 in the World Cup standings going into today's combined (one downhill and one slalom.) But Goetschl claims Croatian Janica Kostelic should be favored. Kostelic, fourth in the standings, won the overall World Cup title last season with victories in seven of eight slalom races. Caroline Lalive of Truckee, Calif.
February 11, 2002
Picabo Street's last run comes in today's women's downhill on the Wildflower course at Snowbasin. The most successful U.S. women's skier in history, she finished second in this event at Lillehammer in 1994 and won the super-G four years ago at Nagano. But injuries have taken their toll. In her last season before retirement, she didn't qualify to defend her super-G title and wasn't considered a serious contender in the downhill. Until Saturday. That's when she had the fastest training run.
February 10, 2002
Favorite Felix Gottwald's chances to become the first Austrian to win the individual competition were literally blown off course when the winds arose during Saturday's 90K jump. He is in 11th place beginning today's 15K freestyle. But another Austrian, Mario Stecher, is second. The United States has a chance to win its first medal ever in Nordic combined and should at least improve on its best-ever finish of ninth. After Saturday, Todd Lodwick is seventh and Bill DeMong eighth.
February 20, 2002 |
The best weren't at their best Tuesday. As they prepared to travel the final steps of their long journey, the pace slowed just a bit. The 4-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinals of the Salt Lake Olympic tournament won't go down as one of the U.S. women's hockey team's top performances.
February 9, 2002
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February 5, 2002 |
It's all very imperial. One dynasty succeeding another. There's nothing democratic about international women's hockey. No open voting, no equal access. It's been Canada and the United States. In that order. And that's all. Canada has won the seven World Championships that have been played since 1990. The United States won the inaugural Olympic women's hockey tournament at Nagano in 1998. The Americans had to beat Canada twice, once in the gold-medal game, 3-1.