CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2010 |
Victoria Manalo Draves, the first woman to win two gold medals in diving in the same Olympics — in the three-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform competitions in London in 1948 — and the first Asian American to win an Olympic medal, has died. She was 85. Draves died April 11 from complications of pancreatic cancer at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, said her husband and former coach, Lyle Draves. A native of San Francisco whose father was Filipino and whose mother was English, Draves was the national platform diving champion for three years running and the reigning national indoor springboard champion when she arrived at the Olympics in 1948.
February 17, 2012 |
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organizing committee for the upcoming London Olympics, wasn't merely catering to his audience Friday at the International Olympic Committee's conference on Women and Sport when he said women should be represented at every level of sports. Coe practices what he preaches, working alongside an array of women in senior positions at LOCOG, as the London organizing committee is known. Women serve as LOCOG's director of strategic programs, director of sport, general counsel and human resources director, all key responsibilities.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON -- Felix Sanchez has won gold in the 400-meter hurdles eight years after his first Olympic triumph. Sanchez, the former USC standout who represents the Dominican Republic, recorded a season-best time of 47.63 seconds Tuesday to become the Olympic champion again, this time a few weeks short of his 35 th birthday. Obviously, he has aged well: his winning time on Tuesday was identical to his winning time in Athens. Michael Tinsley of Little Rock, Ark., was second in a personal-best 47.91 seconds and Javier Culson of Puerto Rico was third in 48.10 seconds.
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.
July 26, 2012 |
We're carrying our own Olympic torch here at the Ministry: our burning flame for the royal-and-celebrity watch we're kicking off on the eve of the London Games. Energized by Friday's opening ceremonies, world athletes will compete for gold medals while their famous admirers hole up in the glamorous bones of London Town, but make no mistake: This is royals country. So what better way to drum up excitement than trotting out Great Britain's star couple: William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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.
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.
February 3, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Hannah Kearney is dealing with the pressure of defending her Olympic gold medal the same way she handles the course. Fearlessly and directly. The freestyle moguls skier is widely considered the favorite in her event -- which starts Thursday with qualifying -- and even a lock in some quarters. Kearney, then in the underdog position, upset the hyped home-country favorite, Jenn Heil, to win in Vancouver in 2010. “In the grand scheme of my life, it's had a large impact in that I will always be the 2010 Olympic champion,” Kearney said on Monday afternoon at a news conference at Gorki Media Center in the mountains.
December 13, 2013 |
Russian officials are now confident that the mountain venues for the 2014 Sochi Olympics will have enough snow when competition begins in February. With more than 20 inches of coverage on the ground already and recent avalanche warnings in the area, the country's chief forecaster said that concerns about a dry, bare winter have faded. "For the snow cover this deep," Roman Vilfand, director of the Russian Meteorological Office, told the ITAR-Tass news agency, "this isn't a problem.
May 6, 2012 |
As an athlete, an Olympic swimmer with goals different from, say, someone who earns a living as a businessman or artist or construction worker, Eric Shanteau made decisions that might raise an eyebrow. In 2008, less than a week before the U.S. Olympic trials, Shanteau learned he had testicular cancer. Surgery was recommended. Immediately if possible. Shanteau chose to wait. He made the U.S. team and competed at the Beijing Olympics, where his father was able to watch and cheer for his son. Richard Shanteau had lung cancer in 2008, a disease that would kill him in 2010.