July 29, 2004 |
The first day of competition for United States athletes was ladies' day. Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 26, a former speedskater who had taken up Olympic cycling late in her athletic career because a women's road race had been added for the L.A. Games, outsprinted the teenage favorite, Rebecca Twigg, at the end of a 49-mile road race in Orange County to win by the length of half a wheel. Carpenter-Phinney's gold medal was the first American cycling medal since 1912.
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July 9, 2011 |
Mark Whitehead, a member of the U.S. track cycling team that participated in blood doping during the 1984 Summer Olympics, creating a scandal that led to the practice being banned from the sport, has died. He was 50. Whitehead died in Frisco, Texas, while attending the USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships, USA Cycling announced Wednesday . The organization said no further details were available. His 20 national championships included the team pursuit in 1984, which contributed to his being chosen for the U.S. squad that competed in the Los Angeles Games, the cycling website VeloNews reported . Encouraged by their coach — and less than a week before the Olympics — Whitehead and seven other members of the U.S. cycling team took "advantage of the dubious practice called blood boosting," David Wallechinsky wrote in "The Complete Book of the Olympics.
June 26, 1992 |
Rebecca Twigg's comeback took one more remarkable turn Thursday night when she defeated two-time defending champion Janie Eickhoff in the women's individual pursuit final to earn a trip to the Olympics. In winning the U.S. Cycling Olympic trials and national championships at the National Sports Center velodrome, Twigg joined Erin Hartwell and Carl Sundquist in qualifying for the team that will compete at Barcelona next month. Hartwell, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
September 1, 1986 |
Great Britain's Tony Doyle, meeting Denmark's Hans-Henrik Oersted in the title race for the third year in a row, finally came up a winner Sunday night, beating Oersted by nearly two seconds in the 5,000-meter pro individual pursuit at the World Cycling Championships. Doyle ended two years of frustration by turning in a time of 5 minutes, 42.11 seconds, while Oersted was timed in 5:44.05. The bronze medal went to Denmark's Jesper Worre, who lost to Doyle in the semifinals.
January 10, 1985
Some U.S. cyclists received controversial "blood doping" transfusions hours before competing in the Los Angeles Olympic Games, according to a team physician who says an official resigned over the issue. The physician, Dr. Thomas B. Dickson Jr. of Allentown, Pa., said he expressed his opposition to blood doping, which involves transfusions of red blood cells in an attempt to increase endurance, but was ignored.
August 2, 1996 |
A fifth athlete from the former Soviet Union was expelled from the Olympics on Thursday for using a controversial drug, while an Irish runner and team officials were reprimanded in a case involving cold tablets. Russian sprinter Marina Trandenkova, fifth-place finisher in the women's 100 meters, was disqualified after testing positive for the banned stimulant bromantan, the International Olympic Committee said. Her results were wiped off the books.
June 13, 1994 |
Pete Sampras never lost his serve but he still lost to Todd Martin, who served 15 aces and didn't lose his serve either in a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4) victory Sunday in the Queen's Club final at London. Martin, seeded fifth, beat his fellow American for the first time in four meetings and avenged a loss to Sampras in this year's Australian Open final. "It's a bit frustrating when you lose the match without losing your serve," Sampras said.
August 21, 1993 |
The Pacific 10 Conference will hold meetings today and Sunday to conclude the eight-month-old infractions case involving the University of Washington football program. The Pac-10 Council--made up of athletic directors, faculty representatives and senior administrators for women's sports from all conference schools--will meet today in Millbrae, Calif., to examine the work of the conference's Compliance and Enforcement Committee, which heard the case Aug. 9 and 10.
June 21, 1993 |
The Quebec Nordiques and New York Islanders exchanged goaltenders and first-round draft picks Sunday. The Nordiques, making their third trade of the day, sent Ron Hextall to the Islanders for Mark Fitzpatrick and they will now choose 14th in Saturday's amateur draft, nine spots higher than New York.
April 18, 1988 |
When bicyclist Norm Alvis broke from the pack with 11 laps to go in Sunday's Bud Light La Jolla Grand Prix he also was breaking tradition of the race. In the previous three years, as the finish drew near, cyclists broke away in packs. Never alone. "It takes about 80 percent more effort to go by yourself," said Alvis, because there's nobody to draft. Sunday, Alvis bolted away from the pack near the end of the 66-lap race that covered 40 miles with the intention of winning.