February 17, 2002 |
Pulling a 95-pound sled, you bound alongside the track, gaining speed. All at once you dive headfirst onto your sled. Down you go, chin hanging off, nose inches from the ice. You whoosh down the slick, mile-long course at 85 mph, sounding like an accelerating jet plane. You confront G-force winds on 15 to 20 grueling turns, hoping to high heaven that your neck muscles can keep your head held up.
January 24, 2006 |
An arbitrator Monday found no evidence to substantiate claims of sexual harassment leveled at U.S. skeleton Coach Tim Nardiello. But U.S. Olympic officials said it remained uncertain whether he will coach at next month's Turin Olympics. Meanwhile, the top U.S. men's skeleton racer, Zach Lund, was issued a public warning but not suspended by U.S. anti-doping officials over a failed drug test linked to a hair-restoration potion.
January 25, 2006 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee, acting only one day after an arbitrator ruled there was no evidence to prove sexual harassment claims against U.S. skeleton Coach Tim Nardiello, announced Tuesday it would not allow him to guide the team at next month's Turin Olympics. Nardiello has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. The USOC said Nardiello had violated ethics codes.
February 13, 2014 |
In the days leading up to the biggest skeleton race of her career, Noelle Pikus-Pace did something world-class athletes rarely do: She took some time off to soak in the Olympic atmosphere with her husband and children. The United States' top racer participated in only two of six official training runs here, passing on opportunities to familiarize herself with the course and its unusual uphill passes. It's an unorthodox approach -- especially with the women's competition starting Thursday -- but it's one that has worked for Pikus-Pace since she came out of retirement two years ago. "Being a mom is my first priority and it always will be. To be able to do this all together is a perfect storm," she said before the Games officially opened.
February 12, 2005 |
Noelle Pikus-Pace liked bobsledding, but she'll never forget her first venture at skeleton, not quite five years ago. "I kind of got suckered into it," she said. "My coach showed me this little cookie sheet and put a helmet on my head without telling me what it was. He told me to pick my feet up, and that was it. "It was halfway down the track, but I was screaming the whole time." On Friday, she shrieked for joy, as she became the first U.S. woman to win the World Cup skeleton title.
October 3, 1999 |
Pain relievers have been the biggest weapon for David Toms this weekend. Fighting back pain, Toms shot his second consecutive six-under-par 66 on Saturday, taking a three-stroke lead into today's final round of the PGA Buick Challenge at Pine Mountain, Ga. "There were more Advils than birdies," Toms said of his round. Popping the ibuprofen to relieve the pain, Toms put some distance between Stuart Appleby and Harrison Frazar with three birdies down the stretch to move to a 16-under 200.