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.
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.
May 17, 2012 |
The United States is the only country to have medaled in each of the first three Olympic water polo tournaments for women. And Coach Adam Krikorian relied heavily on that experience Thursday when he selected the 13-woman team for this summer's London Games. Eight of the players Krikorian named have at least one Olympic medal, and attackers Brenda Villa and Heather Petri have three. "We have focused on becoming a team in and out of the water, which will help us in London," said Villa, the U.S. captain and one of 11 Californians on the team.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON -- After a chaotic and embarrassing start, the Olympic security operation wraps up this weekend without major incident or much complaint. It looks to be a face-saving ending for organizers, who were blasted in the months leading up to Games for a multitude of potential security lapses. The criticism reached its peak two weeks before the opening ceremony when the British firm picked to oversee security announced that it had not hired enough guards. The admission forced the British government to add 3,500 soldiers to the armed forces already scheduled for Olympic duty.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON - If gymnast Olga Korbut were competing on the present-day world stage, no doubt there would be fierce debate on such pressing issues like hairstyle and makeup choices. You can just imagine this on Twitter: Aren't Korbut's pigtails untidy? Maybe the hashtags should be #frivilousitems and #lameconcerns. It has gotten truly silly when it comes to the debate about champion teen gymnast Gabby Douglas and her hair. Actually, it had gotten silly on Twitter and Facebook long before the start of the London Olympics.
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.
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.
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.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON - Michael Phelps ended his night of glory huddled with teammates, surrounded by roars. He had just become the most decorated Olympian in history, yet he wanted to share it. "I thanked those guys for helping me get to this moment," he said. Ye Shiwen ended her night of glory walking alone, huddled against a mixture of silence and jeers broken up only by a small Chinese contingent's rattles. The 16-year-old Chinese wonder had just crashed a high tide over competitors for the second gold medal in four days, yet most of the swimming world is certain she is cheating.
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.