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.
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.
July 1, 2012 |
OMAHA - The best Michael Phelps can do in London is eight gold medals, same as he did in Beijing. So how could he possibly do better this time? "It depends upon what better is," said his coach, Bob Bowman . Phelps said Sunday he has goals for London, but he declined to share them. He could become the first swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics. With three medals - of any kind - he would have more medals than any athlete in Olympic history.