February 12, 2010
To Vancouver Re "No love for the Games," Feb. 6 Though some have concerns about the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the life of a city depends on how well it grows -- and the 2010 Winter Olympics will see the city of Vancouver bloom. Los Angeles is a two-time Olympics host city. I know what a great thing the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games were for Los Angeles. I am sure this will be a very positive event for Vancouver as well. The city will play host to some of the world's finest athletes in competition, an opportunity to shine on the world stage unlike any other.
January 19, 2010 |
If Kevin Pearce wasn't going to be able to take on icon Shaun White, well, then, his close friend and snowboarding colleague Danny Davis planned on shouldering the assignment. Now, Davis, like Pearce, won't be competing at the Winter Olympics next month in Vancouver. Like Pearce, Davis is injured and also in a hospital in Utah. Davis was scheduled to have surgery Monday night to repair his fractured vertebrae, having suffered the injury in a non-snowboarding accident early Sunday morning.
October 31, 2009 |
Yuan Weimin was the toast of China's sporting scene from the early 1980s, when he coached the women's gold medal volleyball team, to 2001, when as head of the Chinese Olympic Committee, he helped bring home the biggest prize of all -- Beijing's selection as host city for the 2008 Summer Games. Now the 70-year-old retired cadre is being denounced by some as a liar and a traitor, accused of spilling state secrets and disrupting Chinese harmony. The offense lies between the covers of his memoir, "Yuan Weimin: Winds and Clouds of the World of Sports," published this month in Beijing . In the book, so far only available in Chinese, Yuan writes about a deal he says was cut during a cloak-and-dagger meeting in a Geneva hotel room eight years ago in which China promised to support the candidacy of Belgian Jacques Rogge as head of the International Olympic Committee in return for his support of Beijing's Olympic bid. It was all kept hush-hush because Rogge, as a European representative, couldn't publicly endorse Beijing when two European cities -- Paris and Istanbul -- were also contenders, Yuan writes.
August 6, 2009 |
Los Angeles was host to the Summer Olympics 25 years ago. This 10th part of a 16-day series looks back at Monday, Aug. 6, 1984. -- The big news It was over after only one jump, and it didn't matter that his second attempt was a foul. Carl Lewis won the gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 28 feet 1/4 inch. Some in the Coliseum crowd of 85,870 who had come only to see Lewis were disappointed that they couldn't see more of him, and actually booed.
July 12, 2009 |
Smart and sexy Tokyo hotels for $100 a night? This summer, American travelers are saying Hai! to deals that once seemed impossible to find. Tokyo and Chicago, considered front-runners to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, are going head-to-head this year to impress International Olympic Committee officials. Tokyo, surprisingly, may have already surpassed Chicago with its growing number of two- and three-star hotels, some of which are a better value than comparable properties in the Windy City.
July 9, 2009 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee is the latest major sports organization to dive into the television channel business, announcing Wednesday that it was partnering with cable giant Comcast Corp. to launch the U.S. Olympic Network. "Olympics programming really goes dark for the two years between the Games, and there are many events and compelling stories that are never broadcast," said U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Operating Officer Norman Bellingham.
October 18, 2008 |
The Summer Games in Beijing wrapped up two months ago, but Britain is still drunk on the heady wine of victory. Thousands of people lined the streets here this week for a boisterous parade honoring the nation's Olympians, whose surprising haul of gold medals provided extra reason -- if one were needed in this pub-strewn country -- to party. The hangover might lie around the corner.
August 3, 2008 |
When Wu Yifu wants to play basketball with his friends, he has to travel 30 minutes by subway, pay $2, and then wait for up to two hours to get on the public court. If he tries to slip in without paying, he faces a $15 fine. Sure it's a bit of a hassle, the 15-year-old junior high student said, but it's still better than other Beijing basketball courts that charge twice as much. Wu is lucky. At least he has someplace to go.
August 3, 2008 |
Though it won't be finished for another year or so, the China Central Television headquarters, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of the Dutch firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture, is already a jaw-dropping sight. A giant Mobius strip of a skyscraper, CCTV consists of two leaning towers, each 51 stories high, connected by a pair of cantilevered arms.
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March 16, 2008 |
The Los Angeles Swim Stadium has a history as deep as its own deepest end. The 1932 Summer Olympics -- for which the now-public swim facility at the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center was built -- put Los Angeles on the world's sports map. At the stadium, future movie star Clarence "Buster" Crabbe took home the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle. A teenager named Eleanor Holm won the 100-meter backstroke.