April 12, 2012 |
Citi will donate $500,000 to the U.S. Olympic Committee for a program that helps nationwide Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Various 2012 Olympic qualifiers and hopefuls were named to "Team Citi" and represent different sports programs. Fans determine how the funds are allocated through social media. There are 13 participants, including Bob and Mike Bryan (2008 Olympic bronze medalists in doubles tennis), Dominique Dawes (three-team Olympian in gymnastics who won gold in 1996 and bronze in 1992, 1996 and 2000)
July 29, 2012 |
LONDON - Serena Williams, in her first competitive return to these grass courts since winning Wimbledon two weeks ago, easily beat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the first round of women's tennis competition, 6-3, 6-1. Williams' teammate, first-time Olympian Christina McHale, wasn't as fortunate, losing to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 6-4, 7-5. John Isner advanced on the men's side, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, over Belgium's Olivier Rochus, though fellow American Donald Young was eliminated by Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-4, 6-4. Ryan Harrison of the U.S. also lost, to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, 7-5, 6-3. Andy Roddick did not play on the first day of competition.
August 8, 2012 |
The conventional wisdom about the Olympics has always been that it turns its viewers into wannabe athletes. Every time the Games roll around, particularly the Summer Games with their relatively easy-to-try-at-home events like track and swimming , we start hearing about surges in running shoe purchases and gym memberships. In a recent USA Today op-ed, First Lady Michelle Obama cited the Olympics as a motivator in the fight against obesity. "I can't wait to see Team USA in action and to cheer on our athletes," she wrote.
February 22, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - If this is the last Olympic hockey tournament for 43-year-old Teemu Selanne - and he said three Olympics ago that he intended to retire from the international stage - the Ducks and Finland winger went out with a great flourish and a bronze medal. Selanne scored on a backhander against U.S. and Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick at 1:27 of the second period for Finland's first goal and converted a feed from Mikael Granlund during a third-period power play for his team's fourth goal as Finland steamrolled a dispirited Team USA, 5-0, in the bronze medal game Saturday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
September 30, 2013 |
Deena Kastor remembers the moment. She was 10 years old in 1984 and watching the first-ever women's Olympic marathon finish in the Los Angeles Coliseum. She remembers Joan Benoit Samuelson enter the Coliseum first, she remembers the huge crowd noise, she remembers Samuelson and her white cap. "At that moment," Kastor said, "I wanted to become a marathon runner. " Kastor did and won a bronze medal in the 2004 Games, and now she's an avid backer of Los Angeles to be the host of the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.
February 22, 2014 |
Some Olympic celebrities spend years taking shape. Others are formed before they even step foot on a Games course, somewhere in that no-man's land between national qualifying tournaments and the Opening Ceremony parade. Mikaela Shiffrin falls unquestionably in the latter category. A reigning World Cup champion at an age when most Americans are generally worrying about acne and prom dates, Shiffrin came into these Games as an anointed one before she snapped in her first boot buckle.
July 1, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. -- Two-time Olympic 400-meter hurdles champion Angelo Taylor was sailing toward his fourth Olympic berth Sunday, the final day of the U.S. trials, until he clipped the ninth hurdle. He was jarred out of his rhythm and nearly out of luck. "It took the life out of me," he said. "I just told myself to regain my composure and finish. I'm thankful I was able to regroup. " Michael Tinsley of Round Rock, Texas, took that opening to win in 48.33 seconds. Taylor was second, ahead of Beijing silver medalist Kerron Clement , who got past a stumbling Bershawn Jackson to take third, 48.89 to 48.94.
August 2, 2012 |
LONDON - The young U.S. boxers had their noses bloodied once again Thursday with lightweight Jose Ramirez and middleweight Terrell Gausha the latest to be eliminated from the Olympic tournament. After winning its first four fights, the U.S. team has lost seven consecutive bouts. Gausha dropped a controversial 16-15 decision to veteran Vijender Singh of India, and Ramirez was outpointed by Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, 15-11. With only two male boxers - flyweight Rau'shee Warren and welterweight Errol Spence - still alive, this U.S. group is on pace to eclipse the 2008 team as the worst of all time.
April 25, 2012 |
Dave Salo watched his swimmer show up for work every morning in the fall of 2008, armed with more than determination and a desire to erase the past and push the fast-forward button four years. But Jessica Hardy was not going to be able to settle or solve her issues in 24.48 seconds or 1:04.45, her personal bests in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 breaststroke. No amount of training, in or out of the pool, was going to influence the Court of Arbitration for Sport or the IOC regarding future Olympic eligibility for the Long Beach native, who missed the 2008 Games because of a positive drug test.
May 4, 2012 |
It is a cool, overcast morning in Irvine and 10 swimmers of varying skills are taking a lesson in one corner of the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Some bellies hang over the swimsuits and a woman keeps mumbling about getting water in her ear. These aren't pros or even talented youngsters. They are in their 20s and 30s and are so different from the solitary man in the fifth lane who has arrived carrying a black mesh bag that holds goggles, a pair of fins, a small parachute and a snorkel that looks like one your 10-year-old might take to the beach.