June 21, 2012 |
From his days hiding in Ethiopian forests at his father's side to his current challenge of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, nothing has come easily for middle-distance runner Charles Jock. But he prefers it that way. "I'm comfortable being uncomfortable, if that makes sense," said Jock, a recent UC Irvine graduate. Jock, the 800-meter NCAA champion, on Friday runs in the first round of 800-meter qualifying races at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. The 22-year-old knows what it's like to be uncomfortable and how to adapt.
June 16, 2012 |
Seven-time U.S. national time trial winner Dave Zabriskie and five-time Olympian George Hincapie were not named to the U.S. road racing team Friday. Beijing Olympian Levi Leipheimer had withdrawn his name because of continuing problems with a leg injury. All have been reported in various publications as having been contacted by either a federal grand jury or the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the national athletic drug enforcement organization, in connection with continuing investigations into possible doping by Lance Armstrong.
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.
June 29, 2012 |
SAN JOSE - Nastia Liukin's legs flopped instead of standing straight as she swung around the uneven bars as if a strong gust of wind had blown through HP Pavilion. As the crowd was still gasping at that mistake, Liukin landed on her backside instead of her feet and in the first 10 minutes of the U.S. Olympic trials, Liukin's attempt at making her second Olympic team seemed over Friday night. Jordyn Wieber, a 16-year-old from DeWitt, Mich., put herself firmly in first place after the first of two nights of the U.S. Olympic trials.
June 5, 2012 |
The rain drizzled and the air chilled on that dreary night of Aug. 21, 2008, in Beijing. It was the end of something that had had such a nice beginning. It was a night when sadness was understandable, even while a group of Japanese women deliriously celebrated what they had just achieved. Through the mist and gloom, Don Porter saw the glass half full, as usual. In sports significance and popularity, what happened on this Olympian night didn't even make the scale of 1 to 10. This wasn't about a dream team, just a dream.
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.
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.
February 12, 2013 |
As burning issues go in sports, the elimination of wrestling from the 2020 Olympics is a pilot light. What's more interesting is the strange politics and fractured logic that apparently still exist within the Olympic ruling body, the International Olympic Committee. Suffice to say, these are not the Olympics of your father. More like your grandfather. For years, the IOC consisted of aristocrats and their offspring. Commoners need not apply. The explanation for that, as made clear during an interview at the Summer Games last year in London with a current non-aristocrat member, was necessity.
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.
July 27, 2012 |
LONDON - In a city that knows how to do ceremony, from hoary rituals formalized in the Middle Ages to celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last month partly through the Twitter feed @BritishMonarchy, an atmosphere of whimsy and party won out over pomp and circumstance during an Olympic opening ceremony that allowed an economically beleaguered Britain to pat itself on the back. Starting from his conviction that Britain "rebooted human existence" with the Industrial Revolution, director Danny Boyle called the entertainment piece of the nearly four-hour ceremony Friday night a "celebration of the creativity, exuberance and, above all, the generosity of the British people.