December 19, 2013 |
Just two days ago, President Obama made news by placing two openly gay athletes on the delegation that will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Now it is known the delegation has three. Brian Boitano, a figure skating gold medalist who was included on Obama's original list, has announced that he is gay. "I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am," Boitano said in a statement.
August 8, 2012 |
Aly Raisman had quite a night Tuesday, first claiming a bronze medal on the balance beam in dramatic fashion and then winning the U.S. team's first-ever gold medal in floor exercise. It was the kind of night that makes you want to stand up and cheer -- but, first, just make sure you're not sitting in front of the meanest man on the planet when doing so. Raisman's father, Rick, did not follow that simple rule of thumb when his daughter was in the midst of the floor performance of her life.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON -- The Olympian without a country is not without a budget. Guor Marial shows up for an interview at the Olympic village dressed in jeans and a polo shirt purchased from Target. He trains in old gear from Iowa State University. He will run the marathon Sunday in shoes purchased online. "If you want the really good shoes, the ones you can use for the Olympics," he says, "I can get those for a hundred bucks. " The Olympian without a country is not without feelings. Guor Marial has painfully felt the differences while wandering through the first week of these Olympics without any national logo on his sweats, without teammates at his side during training, and without any real buddies except an advisor who serves as his coach, sports committee and roommate.
July 30, 2012 |
The Bad News Brits turned their heads up to the thousands of cheers as if standing under a warm shower, the roaring passion washing over their torn jerseys and mismatched socks. They had just lost to France, 44-15. The Bad News Brits walked off the handball court at the Copper Box as champions walk, blowing kisses to women, throwing wristbands to children, waving at all that love. The British men's handball team now has a lifetime record of 9-62. "My heart was racing, and there was a tear in my eye," said playmaker Ciaran Williams.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - The opening ceremony had ended. The image of the majestic fireworks still lingered. And then came the biggest bang of all: Our double-decker media shuttle bus hit an overpass. Standing passengers lurched forward. Glass from the upper level cracked but didn't shatter, leading one to believe that those who decided to stack a second level on this city's distinctive vehicles accounted for such mishaps. A security official quickly boarded and asked all to evacuate. Nobody was hurt, save for some fatigue-induced crabbiness.
July 26, 2012 |
LONDON - On its 69th and penultimate day of touring, the Olympic torch has been carried nearly 8,000 miles by sports heroes, pop stars, actors and thousands of everyday people. On Thursday, it was the turn of Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic . A white-clad Salonen carried the torch for the 330 yards along Cheapside from Gresham Street to Wood Street...