June 22, 2012 |
Chris Paul, who was at the Clippers' facility Friday to present season-ticket holder Chance Lavitch with keys to a new Jeep Grand Cherokee because he was the half-court shot winner during an April Clippers game at Staples Center, said he still plans on playing on the USA Olympic basketball team. Paul said he especially is looking forward to going to camp next month in Las Vegas with Clippers teammate Blake Griffin. “The last time I played, I was the only member from my team there,” Paul said.
August 9, 2012 |
U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney was not impressed with her second-place finish in the Olympic women's vault competition on Sunday. "Disappointed on how today turned out, but everything happens for a reason!! #noregrets," she tweeted after the event. "Plus, the silver medal is actually pretty sick!!" But Maroney was unable to hide her true emotions just moments after she received her medal, and a photographer caught her with her arms folded, eyes like ice, and a mighty scowl swallowing the bottom half of her face.
June 10, 2012 |
The Olympic Games offer competitors the chance to bathe in national glory and international acclaim. The victors - indeed, all the athletes who aspire to victory - are celebrated in the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius. " Faster, higher, stronger. Yet celebration and aspiration sometimes share the Olympic spotlight with controversy, with scandal and with athletes who train and compete outside the bounds of Citius, Altius and Fortius. One ranking of the 10 least pure moments in the history of the Summer Games: No. 10 (1912)
July 21, 2012
Re "London's forecast for Games gets gloomier," July 13 Here we go again: Another gloom-and-doom forecast for the Olympics, similar to the predictions of gridlock in Los Angeles in 1984 and of oppressive air pollution in Beijing in 2008. The grand spectacle of the Olympic Games eventually rises above the darkness as a proud world displays the ability to come together for two magical weeks. Robert Langston Dana Point ALSO: Letters: The right to vote -- legally Letters: Private colleges are up to the task Wallis Annenberg: MOCA must look to the future
January 30, 2014 |
Worrisome stories are nothing new in the days before the Olympic Games. There are often complaints about the cost of preparations and concerns about how the host city will perform. But the 2014 Sochi Games have attracted an unusual amount of negative publicity, and the bad news continued Thursday. A top U.S. intelligence official told the Senate Intelligence Committee that there has been an increase in reports of security threats against the Olympics, specifically for areas on the perimeter of the competition venues.
February 23, 2014 |
The 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony has ended in Sochi, Russia. Tchaikovsky and fireworks marked the final moments of the proceedings Sunday. The Olympic flag was handed over by Sochi's mayor to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the next Winter Olympics, and a huge animatronic bear, one of the mascots to these Games, blew out the flame in a version of the Olympic cauldron. MORE: REAL-TIME UPDATES International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach spoke to the crowd, commending Russia and President Vladimir Putin for their hosting of the Games, praising "a new Russia ... efficient and friendly, open to a new world.