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August 1, 2012 | By K.C. Johnson
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.
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May 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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February 22, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
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.
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June 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
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.
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January 31, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
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.
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February 15, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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June 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA - Tyler Clary was halfway through his race, and that shopping trip sure looked like a waste of money. His sister and his girlfriend spent Thursday afternoon buying dresses and shorts for London. Clary had not yet qualified for the Olympics, but surely that would be a matter of time. Or not, considering the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. trials had 50 meters to go, with Clary in fourth place. "I was thinking damage control," said his mother, Stacy. "I was just going into mom mode.
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August 1, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
John Isner stayed in the hunt for a medal for the U.S. tennis team in the Olympics at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but next up is No. 1 Roger Federer. Isner, the only remaining U.S. man in the draw, got into yet another long duel at Wimbledon, winning this time over Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, 7-5, 7-6 (14). His match with Federer will be a quarterfinal. Another U.S. player, Venus Williams, a gold-medal winner in three Olympics — twice in women's doubles and once in singles — lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in two tiebreakers, with an identical 7-5 tiebreaker score in each.
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May 10, 2012 | By David Wharton
There are at least two reasons why fans might expect the U.S. to excel in the Olympic triathlon. First, this country is home to the sport's best-known race, the famed Ironman competition in Hawaii. Second, well, this is America. "When you go to the Olympics, everyone expects a medal," said Jarrod Shoemaker, who ranks among the nation's best triathletes. "You win a medal and then you get invited to the Oprah show. " But in the triathlon's relatively short Olympic history, Americans have not fared so well, especially not the men, who have yet to stand on the podium.
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June 11, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
ST. LOUIS -- A day after he had finished an emphatic third at the U.S. gymnastics nationals and moved himself into prime position to make his first Olympic team at the age of 19, Sam Mikulak, a sophomore at Michigan and Corona del Mar homie as he calls himself, was stunned Sunday to see he had 125 new friend requests on Facebook. "That just doesn't happen in men's gymnastics," Mikulak said. "I felt kind of popular, I feel real pleased. " John Orozco, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, won his first national title with fist-pumping, muscle-heavy gymnastics, and the demonstrative 20-year-old Danell Leyva, whose family came to Florida from Cuba, finished second.
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