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.
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.
June 11, 2012 |
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.
February 9, 1986 |
Evelyn Ashford, 1984 Olympic 100-meter champion, made a triumphant return to track competition Saturday night, scoring a victory in the women's 55-meter dash in the U.S. Olympic Invitational at the Meadowlands Arena. Ashford had not competed since Aug. 31, 1984, taking time off for the birth of her first child. A daughter, Raina, was born last May. After her victory, Ashford took Raina from the hands of her husband, Ray Washington, and carried her on a victory lap. Ashford won in 6.
August 2, 1992 |
One recent night at the Olympic boxing venue, U.S. basketball players Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley dropped in to watch 10 or so bouts. Armed security men surrounded the group, automatic weapons at the ready, and created a small island of privacy for them. But a tall, graceful man with a pleasant smile appeared, and the guards let him pass.
February 15, 2010 |
Two days into the women's Olympic hockey tournament, the two acknowledged superpowers of the sport -- the United States and Canada -- have each made history with a double-digit rout of an earnest but hapless opponent. On Sunday it was China's turn to be schooled. Jenny Potter of Edina, Minn., set a U.S. women's single-game Olympic record with five points (three goals, two assists) and became the U.S. Olympic career points leader as the second-seeded Americans opened the Vancouver tournament with a 12-1 romp at the University of British Columbia's Thunderbird Arena.