February 18, 2010 |
Zach Lund has grown. His hair has not. The two are related. This should be Lund's second Olympics as a member of the U.S. skeleton team. Instead, he's a rookie with a lot to prove. Four years ago, when he was at the top of his game -- ranked No. 1 in the world -- he was banned from the Turin Games for using finasteride, a drug that fights baldness but also was thought to be a steroid-masking agent. Its use was legal until 2005, then banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Lund insisted he never knew about the switch.
February 11, 2010 |
What would an Olympics be without a controversy in the sliding sports? For such relatively tiny sports that joined the Winter Games fairly recently, luge, a 1964 arrival, and skeleton, a 2002 addition, always manage to create a good headline or two. For some reason, bobsled -- in all three of its configurations -- has managed to keep a low profile in recent years, the exception being the messy and public breakup of the U.S. women's bobsled...
February 10, 2010 |
She wears her father's World Series ring around her neck and his initials on her custom-made sneakers. Even as he was dying of cancer 18 months ago, Ted Uhlaender was coaching his daughter, Katie, on life and on giving the sport of skeleton her all. The former major league outfielder who played for three teams, "had a Gran Torino way of looking at things, where actions mean more than words," said Katie, 25, referring to the Clint Eastwood movie....
February 18, 2006 |
Americans might not understand the inner workings of skeleton, but they embraced the sport four years ago in Salt Lake City. It was fast, bordering on insane. It looked cool on television. And the U.S. won the men's and women's gold medals. Four years later, the sport could be tilted back toward obscurity in America. The U.S. coach didn't make it to Italy, fired two weeks ago after allegations of sexual harassment. The top U.S.
February 16, 2006
The U.S. won gold medals in men's and women's skeleton in 2002 when the sport was revived for the Salt Lake City Games, but Katie Uhlaender of Breckenridge, Colo., isn't expected to beat out favorites Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards of Canada and Maya Pedersen of Switzerland. The U.S.
February 11, 2006 |
Only hours before the opening ceremony, Zach Lund, the top U.S. skeleton racer, was ruled out of the 2006 Olympic Games on Friday because he had used an anti-baldness product with a substance that can be used to mask steroid use. The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a one-year ban. Lund, 26, of Salt Lake City, tested positive at a World Cup race in Calgary in November.