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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 6, 2014 |
A capsulized look at each of the 15 disciplines, including best of the U.S., best of the rest and American medal chances. Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Where: Rosa Khutor Alpine Center When: Feb. 9 Best of U.S.: Bode Miller, Travis Ganong, Marco Sullivan, Erik Fisher Best of the rest: Aksel-Lund Svindal (Norway), Adrien Theaux (France), Didier Defago (Switzerland), Carlo Janka (Switzerland) U.S. chances to medal: Miller (36) is defying Father Time.
January 16, 2011 |
Some of you out there undoubtedly have put "run a marathon" on your list of New Year's resolutions. Maybe you're in need of a little guidance -- and inspiration. Here's a coach who can provide both. Rod Dixon, director of training and coaching for the Honda L.A. Marathon and a former Olympic medal winner, will be the guest on a live Web chat Monday (2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST and 11 a.m. PST). Dixon will discuss topics such as the mechanics of running and how to plan a training program.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON - Most everything the U.S. women's basketball team does gets measured against its past success. Such is the price when you possess a 36-game winning streak dating to 1992 and are vying for a fifth consecutive gold medal. So after the U.S. easily dispatched Turkey, 89-58, to improve to 3-0 in pool play Wednesday night at Basketball Arena, the margin of victory got dissected and analyzed like some lab experiment. After all, only 10 days ago, the U.S. never led by more than eight through the first three quarters before pulling away to win by 19 in an exhibition between these teams.