March 24, 2012 |
Reporting from Mammoth Lakes -- Meb Keflezighi has been to the mountaintop. And he liked it so much he decided to buy a house there. That was 11 years, three daughters, one American record and an Olympic medal ago. Now Keflezighi is as comfortable at high altitude as the Abominable Snowman — and that, he says, is what made a lot of those other things possible. "We had a vision to be able to change U.S. distance running by coming here," says Keflezighi, the Olympic trials marathon champion and a medal hopeful at this summer's Games in London.
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.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - Contrary to popular belief at these London Olympics, Kim Rhode did not fire a shot heard 'round the world Sunday. She fired 99. Our Annie Oakley from Monrovia, who entered Sunday's women's skeet competition amid as much attention on a U.S. shooter as there has been since Roy Rogers, demolished the field. Watching her perform at the Royal Artillery Barracks felt a little like the days when Tiger Woods got ahead in a golf tournament and the other guys became puddles around him. Rhode had come to these Olympics as a prominent member of the pre-show hype.
June 16, 2012 |
Seven-time U.S. national time trial winner Dave Zabriskie and five-time Olympian George Hincapie were not named to the U.S. road racing team Friday. Beijing Olympian Levi Leipheimer had withdrawn his name because of continuing problems with a leg injury. All have been reported in various publications as having been contacted by either a federal grand jury or the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the national athletic drug enforcement organization, in connection with continuing investigations into possible doping by Lance Armstrong.
May 28, 2012 |
You never forget the first time, Sydney Leroux says. In her case it came when she was just 13, after a bet with her mother over how many goals she would score in a national soccer tournament. For Shannon Boxx it happened in college - and it, too, came on a dare after she led Notre Dame to an NCAA soccer championship. Yet for both women their first and subsequent tattoos have become indelible markers of accomplishment on a road each hopes will lead to a gold medal in the London Olympics this summer.
March 21, 2012 |
There might be more at stake than simply a summer trip to London when the U.S. team opens play in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament Thursday in Nashville. Because with 14 of the 20 players on the American soccer squad coming from Major League Soccer teams, the eight-nation tournament can rightly be seen as a referendum on the progress of MLS as well. "It's a strong statement about our league and the development of young players that the Olympic tournament — a reflection of the strongest young players in each country — includes so many that are on our clubs," MLS spokesman Will Kuhn said.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON -- In its 100-plus years as an entertainment arena, the aging but revered Earls Court served as the site of several events at the 1948 Olympics. The U.S. women's volleyball team will fetch the latest piece of history in the old domain if it keeps playing this way. The U.S. beat China here Wednesday in preliminary play, 26-24, 25-16, 31-29, another productive step toward its first gold medal after a handful of almosts and so-closes since the sport's Olympic debut in 1964.
August 13, 2012 |
With the Olympic flame going out Sunday, it won't be long before NBC turns its attention to the 2014 Winter Games. There's no such thing as an extended break when you have $4.38 billion invested for the rights to the next four Olympics. NBC will prepare for its trek to Sochi, Russia, in 2014 buoyed by ratings and financial success that far exceeded expectations for London. The 17-day extravaganza shows its Olympic franchise is stronger than ever. Yet it wasn't a completely smooth run for the network.
July 27, 2012 |
LONDON - It was early Friday night here, and neither Don Porter nor Jessica Mendoza was in a good place. Limos were gathering the VIPs from the VIP hotels along Park Lane. Soon, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics would begin. They were to be, as all Olympic openings have become, an artistic springboard to an athletic extravaganza. Porter sat in an empty lounge alcove of the Grosvenor House Hotel and watched the hustle and bustle of departing dignitaries. He attended his first Games in 1968 in Mexico City, and with the exception of the U.S.-boycotted Moscow Games and the Munich Games in 1972, he had been to every Olympic Summer opener since 1976 in Montreal.
October 6, 2011 |
Stroking through the water confidently and surely was as satisfying as Janet Evans remembered. So was the pure joy of getting her body to obey her mind. But soon after the five-time Olympic medalist began training for a return to competitive swimming she was reminded of aspects of athletic life that had — mercifully — slipped her mind. "I'd forgotten how cold pools can be at 4:45 in the morning," she said. "I'm always the last person in the water. " Then there was the night officials of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency arrived on her Laguna Beach doorstep around 10 o'clock to collect a urine sample for drug testing.