July 29, 2012 |
LONDON - After a silver-medal performance in the Beijing Olympics' water polo tournament, which U.S. goalkeeper Merrill Moses insists was really losing the gold medal, players vowed to stay together another four years and take that final, triumphant step as a group. They put their lives and careers on hold, rejecting lucrative contracts in Europe so they could train at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks and build the unity they'd need against opponents whose players stayed sharp in high-level professional leagues.
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.
February 22, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The numbers do not add up to a pretty picture for United States figure skating. The U.S. skaters left Sochi with the ice dance gold by Meryl Davis and Charlie White as their only medal in the sport's four traditional disciplines, matching Team USA's lowest Olympic total since the 1994 Winter Games. The women now have failed to win a medal at either the Olympics or World Championships since Kimmie Meissner's world title in 2006 - the longest such U.S. drought since figure skating became an Olympic sport in 1924.
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.
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.
June 30, 2012 |
OMAHA -- Janet Evans was still dripping wet when she signed her retirement papers. She checked the box marked "permanently retired. " "I can't wait to go take a yoga class," she said. Amanda Beard, Natalie Coughlin and Dara Torres came to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials for a ticket to London. Evans, the fourth woman in the quartet of oldies but goodies, came for the experience, and the affirmation. "I'm proud I had the courage to try," she said. Evans, 40, finished 53rd among the 65 competitors in Saturday's qualifying heats on the 800 freestyle, with a time of 9 minutes and 1.59 seconds.
January 31, 2010 |
The bride had red hair, so who was going to look twice when the world's most famous snowboarder found his place at the table, had a piece of cake and ended up slow-dancing with the woman in the wedding gown? Olympic gold medalist Shaun White . . . wedding crasher? Pretty funny when his day job is all about avoiding crashes. "I just said I was Uncle Ned's kid," White said, laughing, making a reference to the movie "Wedding Crashers." (Hmm . . . maybe Owen Wilson, with a hair-color switch to red, does play White in the Shaun White movie.
February 15, 2012 |
Reporting from Airway Heights, Wash. — For three rounds Tuesday, Mikaela Mayer gave the country's most celebrated female boxer all she could handle. But for two minutes in the middle of all that, Seattle's Queen Underwood was unstoppable. And that made the difference, with the five-time national champion rolling to a 27-20 win over Mayer on the second night of the U.S. women's Olympic boxing trials at the Northern Quest Resort outside Spokane. "I think I lost it … when I decided to stay inside with her," said Mayer, who choose to go toe-to-toe with an aggressive Underwood in the second round and paid for it by absorbing repeated blows to the heads and body.
July 28, 2012 |
LONDON -- A handful of journalists watched the U.S. win its Olympic opener in women's basketball against Croatia. It was an obvious contrast to the crammed news conference the previous day for the U.S. men's team, where reporters scurried toward Kobe Bryant and LeBron James before packing into a dense semi-circle seven or eight people deep. "This is more physical than our games," Bryant quipped as media members pushed and shoved one another. "I've seen at least two flagrant fouls.