July 29, 2012 |
LONDON - Danell Leyva, 20, is from a family that immigrated to Florida from Cuba. John Orozco, 19, comes from the Bronx, where gymnastics is not the first sport of choice. Or second, third, fourth or, he said, even 50th. Sam Mikulak, 19, from Newport Coast, is the son of an orthopedic surgeon who competed in collegiate gymnastics. It's as if he was born and bred for this moment. Mikulak, a University of Michigan sophomore, can't stop talking, unlike Jake Dalton, a 20-year-old from Reno who does his college work at Oklahoma and stays mostly in the background, keeping quiet until he does a pounding floor routine with such power it makes the coins in your pocket jingle.
February 17, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The waiting Monday morning and afternoon was something to be embraced, not detested. There was no fear in U.S. snowboarder Nate Holland's vocabulary when weather disrupted the Olympic schedule, causing a day's delay to the men's snowboard cross event. "I live for days like this," Holland said. "Like I said, it was a dress rehearsal. You get a free rush out of it…. Like I said, we'll be back tomorrow. Hopefully the weather cooperates. It's time to go. Tomorrow should be a good day to try and win the Olympics.
February 20, 2012 |
Reporting from Airway Heights, Wash. -- Al Mitchell has trained world champions, Olympic gold medalists and dozens of national title winners in his five decades in boxing. But there was one thing he promised himself he would never coach: a woman. Then Mikaela Mayer walked into his Michigan gym. "And I really changed my mind," said Mitchell, who learned his trade in the same Philadelphia gym that produced Joe Frazier. "If it was up to me, I'd have all women and no men. " That's not likely to happen.
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.
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.
January 25, 2010 |
For someone who insisted all last week that the Olympics in which she hoped to skate were four years away, Mirai Nagasu sure knew a lot about the spoils she had earned for making the U.S. Olympic team that will compete at the Vancouver Winter Games next month. Nagasu said she wanted to attend many Olympic events since "we get the best seats because we're athletes. "And," she added, "I'm really excited about all the free stuff we'll get. I hope a medal will come too." The free tickets, clothing from underwear to fancy hats, luggage and other swag from sponsors are guaranteed.
February 5, 2010 |
Ducks defenseman Ryan Whitney was added to the U.S. Olympic team Thursday, giving the Ducks nine players on various Olympic teams -- more than any other NHL organization. One of the Ducks' representatives, Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa , 20, is playing with a junior team this season, leaving the Ducks with eight NHL Olympians, a number matched by San Jose. Whitney and Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes were added to replace injured defensemen Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils and Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs.