March 3, 2007 |
The cooperative weather delivered, and so did retired soccer stars Mia Hamm and Alexi Lalas, talking up the merits of the Home Depot Center in Carson. Even the traffic was mostly compliant on a sunny Friday morning for a U.S. Olympic Committee evaluation team winding its way through the freeways of Southern California, looking at venues in Carson, Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles.
March 2, 2007 |
The political chess game, Olympic style, continued in Los Angeles and Chicago on Thursday -- in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. Los Angeles and Chicago are the finalists to become the U.S. bid city for the Summer Games in 2016, and an evaluation team from the U.S. Olympic Committee was in Los Angeles, meeting with officials from the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games at UCLA.
February 28, 2007 |
For decades, cities have seen Olympic bids as among the most effective ways to jump-start civic ambition. Barcelona used the run-up to the 1992 Summer Games as an occasion to reinvent its waterfront, among other expensive improvements. And Beijing is remaking itself at a breakneck pace as it gets ready for the Olympics next year. But as Chicago and Los Angeles jockey for the right to hold the 2016 Summer Games, a different vision of what the Olympics mean for cities is emerging.
February 20, 2007 |
All the elements of calamity seemed to be converging through the day and afternoon, creating a sense of unease among organizers. Certainly, one severe cold snap and a sidekick snowstorm wouldn't be enough to derail the city's Olympic bid for the 2016 Summer Games. But how would vacant stands at an international wrestling event at Northwestern University look on promotional videos? No worries. After all, this is the Midwest, home of the brave and the sometimes crazed.
January 10, 2007 |
Olympic tried and tested versus the rookie. West Coast versus the Midwest. A venerable Olympic stadium versus a field of dreams. The tag team of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa versus Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. OK, so the contest between Los Angeles and Chicago to become the U.S. bid city for the 2016 Summer Games probably won't come down to sheer political star power.
January 9, 2007 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to announce today it will submit a bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The candidates are Chicago and Los Angeles. After an evaluation process that lasted more than six months, the USOC was to announce today whether it would enter a candidate in a field likely to include Tokyo, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Doha, Qatar. While a decision to proceed long has been considered inevitable, USOC officials will not have made it lightly. They wanted to make sure any U.S.
November 9, 2006 |
All dressed up and nowhere to go? For the moment, at least. Delegations from three prospective Olympic bid cities -- Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco -- spent Wednesday in a hotel conference room in Costa Mesa, learning the ins and outs of the selection process from U.S. Olympic Committee officials. Chairman Peter Ueberroth sounded a note of caution even though there is expected to be a U.S. bid for the 2016 Games.Ueberroth confirmed that the decision will be made by the end of this year.
August 9, 2006 |
The lawyer for Justin Gatlin's track coach asked the Unites States Olympic Committee to lift its ban of Trevor Graham on Tuesday, saying he passed a lie-detector test when he denied giving performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. Joe Zeszotarski said Graham would pursue "all legal avenues" to regain access to the USOC's training centers and training sites.
August 4, 2006 |
U.S. Olympic Committee officials on Thursday announced that track coach Trevor Graham was banned "permanently" from USOC facilities because of his links to more than a half-dozen athletes sanctioned or implicated in doping offenses. The action comes five days after Justin Gatlin's lawyer announced that the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and co-world record holder in the 100 meters had tested positive for testosterone.
July 27, 2006 |
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago stayed in the race as the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday trimmed its list of candidate cities for the 2016 Summer Games, eliminating Philadelphia and Houston. The action moves the USOC closer to a formal entry into the 2016 contest. If the USOC jumps in, one of the three cities would be picked next spring as the sole U.S. candidate. The International Olympic Committee will choose the 2016 site in 2009.