February 19, 2006 |
TURIN, Italy -- Where does one stash a gold medal for safekeeping in the Olympic village? Though a crowd of 50 is assembled at this lavish sponsor dinner after his medal ceremony to celebrate his dominance in the men's 500-meter speedskating race on Monday, this is the only reference Joey Cheek makes to his gold medal. He doesn't wear his newly acquired bling, but instead leaves it at the far end of the table protected from spills.
December 19, 2001 |
It's probably just as well that Derek Parra's success in World Cup races this season enabled him to secure a berth on the U.S. Olympic long-track speedskating team before the trials began Tuesday at the Olympic Oval. Because if Parra had needed to skate the races of his life this week, his legs and lungs might not have let him.
December 16, 2001 |
The last time U.S. speedskater Chris Witty competed at the Olympics, she was riding a bike. No, organizers didn't dream up some goofy hybrid Olympic event. Witty turned in her skates for one summer and pedaled out to the velodrome, racing in track cycling at the 2000 Sydney Games.
December 20, 2001 |
Chris Witty appears to be peaking at the right time. Witty qualified in two more Olympic events Wednesday, winning the women's 500-and 1,500-meter races at the U.S. speedskating trials. The 26-year-old Witty, who won two medals at the 1998 Nagano Games, got off to a slow start on the World Cup circuit this season. Her best finish was fourth in the 1,000 earlier this month. But she isn't concerned.
March 11, 2001 |
Chris Witty might want to be a little more careful about what she wishes for. Witty, the most decorated speedskater on the U.S. team, said three days ago that she preferred not being in the Olympic favorite's position, a spot she had reassumed after setting a world record in the 1,000 meters last weekend in Calgary. She hadn't handled that pressure well at the last Olympics, winning a silver medal while expected to get gold.
February 9, 2002
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