September 22, 2003 |
Mike Whitmarsh was supposed to retire quietly a few days ago to spend more time with his ever-growing family and leave behind a memorable 17-year pro beach volleyball career that included a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics. Then an Olympic qualifying tournament came rolling into town, and Whitmarsh started winning. Now he has some decisions to make about next year's Athens Olympics.
July 24, 1996 |
Beach volleyball without the beach is nothing new, but beach volleyball without the tequila banners and the gigantic inflatable beer bottles? In the midst of the Your-Company's-Name-Here Olympic Games, beach volleyball practically came off as pure Tuesday when it made its Olympic debut at a man-made beach 20 miles from downtown Atlanta and about five hours from the Atlantic Ocean. Stripped across the bathing suit tops of Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno were only the letters USA.
February 7, 2000 |
Lenny Krayzelburg of the United States and Ian Thorpe of Australia shook off a drug-testing controversy and a near-boycott to set world records at a short-course World Cup swimming meet Sunday at Berlin. Thorpe, 17, the focus of drug-taking allegations last week, sped across the pool at Europasportpark arena, covering 200 meters in one minute 41.10 seconds. That broke his own record of 1:42.54. "I wanted to swim a good time, but that it's a world record surprised me," Thorpe said.
August 13, 1994 |
Cammy Ciarelli must have felt right at home shuffling through the hot, sticky sand Friday when she began the defense of her title at the Miller Lite Open beach volleyball tournament. Her husband, Rocky, is in his usual place, sitting in his wife's chair inside the players' box watching her every move and giving her encouragement. Her 4-year-old son, Tony, is just beyond the fence that encircles the court and most of his time is spent kicking sand into the gentle breeze.
September 17, 2003 |
Beach volleyball originated on the sands of Southern California, which is all groovy, beachy keen and cool, dude. It's also why the U.S. believes it has a natural right to win every Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball. In the same way Canada thinks it should be handed every gold medal in hockey -- think of it as invention being nine-tenths of the law -- a U.S. failure in Olympic beach volleyball is purely unacceptable to the dudes from the dunes. So far, so gnarly.
September 13, 1997 |
Bottom line on Friday's two-man competition in the 1997 World Championships of Beach Volleyball at UCLA: Television rules, Jose Loiola doesn't. Loiola, the top-ranked player on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour and one-half of the top-seeded team in the two-man division here, didn't make it out of the quarterfinals--largely because a made-for-TV match schedule permitted Loiola and partner Anjinho Bacil only 45 minutes rest between their second- and third-round matches.
September 14, 1997 |
They dumped volleyball players from two rival tours, along with 2,700 tons of Simi Valley sand, on the tennis courts at UCLA and then sat back to see how this curious experiment they called the first World Championships of Beach Volleyball would play out. Among the initial findings: 1.
August 27, 2000 |
Venus Williams' confidence caught up to her game just in time for this week's U.S. Open as she extended her career-high winning streak to four tournaments and 19 matches Saturday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Monica Seles in the Pilot Pen finals at New Haven, Conn. Williams defended her title, and added it to her Wimbledon, Stanford and Carlsbad victory string. She heads into the U.S. Open believing she can win there too. "I definitely think so," Williams said.
November 11, 1996 |
Sixteen-year-old Martina Hingis stunned No. 1-seeded Monica Seles, 6-2, 6-0, Sunday in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland. Hingis, seeded third, needed only 52 minutes to win her first career meeting with Seles, 22, the winner of nine Grand Slam titles. Seles went into the match tied for the No. 2 ranking in the world, and will regain a share of No. 1 with Steffi Graf this week when the world computer rankings are updated.
February 13, 1995 |
Andre Agassi, shaking off only his second loss in 33 sets this year, turned back Michael Chang, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, on Sunday night to win the San Jose Open. Chang had rallied from a 1-4 deficit in the third set to defeat Jim Courier in a grueling semifinal Saturday night, but the wear-and-tear of that match might have kept him from repeating the comeback against a well-rested Agassi. Agassi is 8-2 against Chang, last losing to him in 1993 at Cincinnati.