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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
June 28, 2012 |
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.
August 1, 2012 |
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.
April 23, 2012 |
John Isner is suddenly leaving a large footprint on the men's professional tennis circuit. The 26-year-old late bloomer has reached a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world this year (he's No. 11 this week). He briefly became the top-rated American in the world, defeated No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells and No. 3 Roger Federer in Davis Cup play, and has led the underdog U.S. to stunning upsets of Switzerland and France on red clay in away Davis Cup matches. He has also become an Olympic contender and maybe even a power broker.
May 10, 2012 |
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.