March 21, 2012 |
There might be more at stake than simply a summer trip to London when the U.S. team opens play in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament Thursday in Nashville. Because with 14 of the 20 players on the American soccer squad coming from Major League Soccer teams, the eight-nation tournament can rightly be seen as a referendum on the progress of MLS as well. "It's a strong statement about our league and the development of young players that the Olympic tournament — a reflection of the strongest young players in each country — includes so many that are on our clubs," MLS spokesman Will Kuhn said.
October 6, 2011 |
Stroking through the water confidently and surely was as satisfying as Janet Evans remembered. So was the pure joy of getting her body to obey her mind. But soon after the five-time Olympic medalist began training for a return to competitive swimming she was reminded of aspects of athletic life that had — mercifully — slipped her mind. "I'd forgotten how cold pools can be at 4:45 in the morning," she said. "I'm always the last person in the water. " Then there was the night officials of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency arrived on her Laguna Beach doorstep around 10 o'clock to collect a urine sample for drug testing.
September 4, 2013 |
The hallways of the big hotels in Buenos Aires are buzzing these days. At stake is not just one Olympian task, but three. This might be the most important gathering of Olympic people since a few got together back in 1979 and decided this fellow Peter Ueberroth might do a decent job running the L.A. Games. Heading into those '84 Games, the Olympic movement wasn't quite sure how long it would be one. Then Ueberroth, Harry Usher, David Wolper and their carefully chosen, hard-working cast provided vision, inspiration and expertise as to how to leverage television.
August 13, 2012 |
LONDON - In summing up London 2012, the temptation is to deliver a glowing eulogy. Such a discourse, filled with lofty expressions of praise, would reflect the ancient roots of the 17-day festival that ended here Sunday. The praise also would accurately reflect how London did in its third go-around as an Olympic Summer Games host. "Everyone here has had an absolutely amazing time," U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin said. There is no need to temper that observation with the caveat that anyone who won four titles and five total medals and set two world records is likely to have a rather golden perspective on the Olympic kaleidoscope.
June 25, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Jenn Suhr's pole vaulting career has taken off since she won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but her training situation remains grounded. Suhr, known as Jenn Stuczynski before she married her coach, Rick Suhr , still trains in a cramped airplane hangar behind her home near Rochester, N.Y. Suhr has come close to hitting the hangar's ceiling in practice several times, but she didn't have to soar quite that high at Hayward Field on Sunday to triumph at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and win a berth at the London Games.
September 21, 2010 |
A poised young woman sits at a table near the front of a pleasant restaurant in a pleasant suburb of Los Angeles. She speaks softly, politely, comfortable in an adult world. But there's a little girl behind her mischievous grin as she plucks a roll from a basket across the table and spears a pat of butter to go with it. If Kim Yuna had been home in South Korea she could not have brought the roll to her lips without a dozen photographers capturing the image and triggering a run on rolls at grocery stores.
July 23, 2012 |
BLACKPOOL, England - While Adam Scott was squandering a seven-stroke lead in the British Open on Sunday, a few miles up the road in Blackpool, Colin Osborne was letting a comfortable lead of his own slip away. Scott's fade took place in the final round of one of golf's four major tournaments, in front of a standing-room-only crowd and an international television audience of millions. Osborne's choke job occurred in the first round of the Betfair World Matchplay - a darts tournament - before a standing-room-only crowd and a national television audience of several hundred thousand.
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 28, 2012 |
LONDON - He changed the training site from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Anaheim. He changed the culture from one of rigid structure to one of freedom yet accountability. Now, Coach Hugh McCutcheon hopes to change the U.S. women's indoor volleyball team's medal color. And though the affable-yet-intense New Zealand native asks, "Have you got a big notepad?" when asked about their main challengers, Team USA is the favorite to win gold for the first time. If that happens, McCutcheon, who led the men's team to gold at Beijing, will become the first coach to win consecutive golds with a men's and women's team and just the second overall to do so.Brazil'sJose Roberto Guimaraes, who led the Brazilian men to victory in 1992 and women in 2008, is the only other coach to perform this feat.