Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsOlympicsports
IN THE NEWS

Olympicsports

SPORTS
February 21, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
After affixing skate guards and descending from the track infield after practice Saturday, Jen Rodriguez stopped in the media mixed zone. It was the eve of, most likely, her last individual Olympic race. A TV crew asked how she felt. "Ready to get it over with," Rodriguez said with a chuckle. Standing in front of drapes, she pulled the curtain back on how unyielding a Winter Games can be, nonetheless smiling all the while. It appears Rodriguez is getting what she wanted out of this, no matter what occurs in speedskating's 1,500 meters Sunday, which would be refreshing after four years of enduring little worth laughing about.
Advertisement
SPORTS
February 14, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Personal and career definition wasn't going to come from one race at one Olympics. But freestyler Hannah Kearney didn't run (or ski) away from what happened to her in Turin, Italy, four years ago, realizing it was part of her resume and, well, part of her life. One pressure-packed run showed Turin would not be the last word about her Olympic experience. Kearney, who finished 22nd four years ago, snatched gold away from Jenn Heil and Canada on the very last run of a drama-filled women's moguls final, a night filled with sublime skiing and spectacular crashes.
SPORTS
February 17, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
As far as most of Canada is concerned, the Vancouver Olympics started Tuesday when the men's hockey team faced Norway in its first preliminary round game. As far as Team Canada's players were concerned, their tournament truly got underway in the second period, after they shook off their jitters, began planting players in front of the net, and started to figure out each other's tendencies and styles. Jarome Iginla of Calgary had a hat trick, Dany Heatley of San Jose added two more scores and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby had three assists in his Olympic debut as Canada scored three times in the second period and five times in the third for an 8-0 rout at a crammed and raucous Hockey Canada Place.
SPORTS
February 18, 2010 | By Brian Hamiilton
Not unusually, Shani Davis spent most of Wednesday alone in his room, except for a morning jog. He studied his journals and race plan. Again he endeavored to do what no one had. Again he internalized any pressures and doubts, trusting only himself to escape them. Later, gliding along the Richmond Olympic Oval in the minutes before the 1,000-meter race that could redefine his grip on history, he was once more effectively alone, as the Chicago native likes it and unapologetically means it to be. Hands on hips, Davis snapped off a yawn.
SPORTS
February 25, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
The lineage of women's Olympic bobsled only goes back to 2002, but in eight years, U.S. women have never been left off the podium. Erin Pac kept the string alive with a bronze-medal effort Wednesday night, showing poise and consistency while ignoring the pain of a strained hamstring. Her four-run time of 3 minutes 33.13 seconds put her just behind Canadians Kaillie Humphries, who gave her country its seventh gold medal of the Winter Games, and Helen Upperton. Germany was kept off the podium for the first time.
SPORTS
February 11, 2010 | Staff Reports
Luge athlete and five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette of Muskegon, Mich., has been chosen to carry the U.S. flag into the Olympic opening ceremony Friday at BC Place. The honor is traditionally reserved for someone who has persevered through hardship or shown extreme dedication, and that applies to Grimmette in a sport that doesn't usually bring athletes great endorsement contracts or fame. Grimmette, 39, is the all-time leader in medals among American lugers with 65, and he won a bronze medal at the 1998 Games and a silver at Salt Lake City in 2002, both in men's doubles.
SPORTS
February 27, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
They pictured themselves here, playing for an Olympic gold medal, even if few others shared their vision or recognized the power of their unshakable cohesiveness. But not for an instant did anyone connected with the U.S. Olympic hockey team expect to score six times in the first 12 minutes 46 seconds of their semifinal against Finland on Friday and barge into Sunday's final with a 6-1 rout. "The first 14 minutes, we were all over them," forward Ryan Kesler said. "If you had asked anybody in our locker room if we'd be up 6-0 after the end of the first, we'd all look at you crazy.
SPORTS
February 25, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
NBC said that Friday's Olympic semifinal hockey game between the U.S. and Finland will be broadcast live in all time zones, including Pacific. It will begin at noon Pacific time Friday. Sunday's gold medal hockey game is so far scheduled to be tape-delayed in the Pacific time zone at 3 p.m. (The game starts at noon). As a historical note, the Beijing Olympics gold medal basketball game was also scheduled to be tape-delayed but when the U.S. made the finals, NBC did show the game live.
SPORTS
February 17, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
While its closest rival is dismantling opponents by a combined 27 goals in two games over on the other side of the bracket, the United States women's hockey team is wreaking havoc in its own group. The U.S. hammered hapless Russia, 13-0, on Tuesday in preliminary-round action at UBC Thunderbird Arena. The bigger, faster and more experienced U.S. squashed Russia to improve to 2-0 in the tournament and has now outscored foes, 25-1, in the process. Team Canada, the other favorite to bring home gold in the Olympic Games, was off Tuesday but won its first two games by a combined score of 28-1.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|