April 26, 2012 |
WAKEFIELD, Mass. — For more than a year, the guilt and shame overwhelmed Kayla Harrison, even though she had done nothing wrong. "I can't describe how I felt," she says quietly. "I think I cried pretty much every night. " She also thought about suicide — even tried to run away from home once. Then she decided to stand and fight. Sexually abused by her judo coach for three years as a teenager, Harrison did what few in her position ever find the courage to do: confront her attacker in court.
May 12, 2012 |
When the 2012 London Olympics begin less than three months from now, it will mark an anniversary that Americans might not want to celebrate. Ten years have passed since the Games last took place on U.S. soil. And with the bidding process extended years in advance, this country's next opportunity will not come around until 2022. "That's a problem," said Anita DeFrantz, an International Olympic Committee member from Los Angeles. "We like hosting this event. It's important to the psyche of our people.
July 1, 2012 |
OMAHA -- To make history at the same time your high school course load still includes history is rather impressive. And to do all that amid the pressure of NBC anointing you as America's newest swimming superstar … well, Missy Franklin has a word for that. "Amazing," she said. Never before had an American woman qualified to swim seven events in the Olympic Games. The record is so impressive you might forget Franklin is 17, at least until she tells you her most immediate plans when she returns home to Colorado.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON -- In its 100-plus years as an entertainment arena, the aging but revered Earls Court served as the site of several events at the 1948 Olympics. The U.S. women's volleyball team will fetch the latest piece of history in the old domain if it keeps playing this way. The U.S. beat China here Wednesday in preliminary play, 26-24, 25-16, 31-29, another productive step toward its first gold medal after a handful of almosts and so-closes since the sport's Olympic debut in 1964.
July 29, 2012 |
LONDON - Danell Leyva, 20, is from a family that immigrated to Florida from Cuba. John Orozco, 19, comes from the Bronx, where gymnastics is not the first sport of choice. Or second, third, fourth or, he said, even 50th. Sam Mikulak, 19, from Newport Coast, is the son of an orthopedic surgeon who competed in collegiate gymnastics. It's as if he was born and bred for this moment. Mikulak, a University of Michigan sophomore, can't stop talking, unlike Jake Dalton, a 20-year-old from Reno who does his college work at Oklahoma and stays mostly in the background, keeping quiet until he does a pounding floor routine with such power it makes the coins in your pocket jingle.
October 15, 2011 |
Patricia Manuel was sharing a bed with her mother in a budget motel next to a highway in Toledo, Ohio, when she realized her life had just taken a defining turn. Given the circumstances, it would be fair to assume it had been a turn for the worse. But that assumption would be wrong. Video: Boxing hopeful makes it to the next round A few hours earlier Manuel had beaten Florida's Lauren Fisher in the third round of the National Police Athletic League boxing championships, capping an unlikely comeback from a serious shoulder injury.
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON - It was close to midnight and miles from the nearest venue, and the liveliest medal ceremony of the Olympic Games was underway. An orange-topped mascot pumped up a cavernous hall, packed with thousands of fans sporting orange shirts, orange pants, orange blazers and orange hats. The music throbbed, three medalists descended triumphantly from a staircase and fans and athletes sang and danced as one. One of the athletes - and his bronze medal - happily leaped from the stage and let the fans pass him back and forth over their collective shoulders.
July 27, 2012 |
LONDON - It was early Friday night here, and neither Don Porter nor Jessica Mendoza was in a good place. Limos were gathering the VIPs from the VIP hotels along Park Lane. Soon, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics would begin. They were to be, as all Olympic openings have become, an artistic springboard to an athletic extravaganza. Porter sat in an empty lounge alcove of the Grosvenor House Hotel and watched the hustle and bustle of departing dignitaries. He attended his first Games in 1968 in Mexico City, and with the exception of the U.S.-boycotted Moscow Games and the Munich Games in 1972, he had been to every Olympic Summer opener since 1976 in Montreal.
February 13, 2012 |
For the last two years Patricia Manuel and Mikaela Mayer have shared a dream: representing the U.S. in the debut Olympic boxing tournament for women this summer in London. For three weeks this winter, they also shared an apartment. So Monday, when they both climb into the ring in the Olympic trials at the Northern Quest Resort outside Spokane, it should come as no surprise that they'll do so sharing the same feeling. "I'm confident," said Manuel, a former national Golden Gloves champion.
August 13, 2012 |
With the Olympic flame going out Sunday, it won't be long before NBC turns its attention to the 2014 Winter Games. There's no such thing as an extended break when you have $4.38 billion invested for the rights to the next four Olympics. NBC will prepare for its trek to Sochi, Russia, in 2014 buoyed by ratings and financial success that far exceeded expectations for London. The 17-day extravaganza shows its Olympic franchise is stronger than ever. Yet it wasn't a completely smooth run for the network.