December 10, 1987 |
The U.S. ski team's Alpine season of 1987-88 may be over before it's really had a chance to get out of the starting gate. Judging from early results in World Cup races, this Olympic winter will be a long and gray one for American ski racing enthusiasts, perhaps the worst in more than a decade. Injuries have been a factor, of course, but they have only made a grim outlook turn absolutely dismal. It's unlikely there will be any miracles at Calgary, at least on snow.
December 13, 2002 |
Mike Weir had an eagle and five birdies, and teamed up with right-hander Ian Leggatt to shoot a 13-under-par 59 Thursday as Canada took the lead in the World Cup of Golf at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Much of the focus going into the tournament was on the top-seeded American team of Phil Mickelson and David Toms, but it was Weir and Leggatt who led after the opening round. Mickelson and Toms struggled with their putting most of the day and shot 65.
March 4, 1995 |
Once America's best hope for Olympic gold, AJ Kitt ran off and married a beauty queen (Miss Canada) and skied happily and slowly ever after. Into this wake, Tommy Moe rushed in and became king of the mountain. Kitt got the girl; Moe went to Lillehammer and took the gold. It was a nice story. Kitt, however, seems intent on a rewrite.
January 7, 2014 |
The U.S. Olympic team lost one of its biggest stars - and most recognizable faces - when Lindsey Vonn announced Tuesday that a lingering knee injury will force her to skip the 2014 Sochi Games. Now comes the question: Who on the American squad can fill the void? After much speculation, Vonn abandoned her quest to defend the Olympic downhill title and will undergo surgery to repair her right knee. "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough," she said in a statement.
November 29, 2001 |
The Senior PGA Tour revealed sweeping changes Wednesday aimed at attracting more fans and making sure they get more out of a tournament than watching old guys play golf. Proposals include putting microphones on players, having them stop to answer questions that fans submit during the round, allowing the gallery to walk down the fairway in the final four holes and asking players to conduct clinics at the tournament.
December 7, 1995 |
Skiing's "White Circus" has left North America and will set up its tents in Europe for most of the remainder of the winter, which should make everyone except the U.S. ski team feel a bit more comfortable. Aside from Picabo Street's downhill victory Sunday at Lake Louise, Canada, Americans failed to take advantage of their home-snow advantage and now must challenge the Europeans in the Alps, cowbells and all.
December 14, 1993 |
Christian Mayer of Austria gained his first victory in a World Cup event by winning the giant slalom Monday at Val D'Isere, France. Mayer's previous best finish was ninth in a giant slalom in 1991. Alberto Tomba of Italy, winner of the past two Olympic giant slaloms, finished 17th. It was his worst finish in a slalom or giant slalom that he completed since March of 1989, when he placed 21st in a giant slalom in Japan.
December 14, 1996 |
It's off to Europe now for the Alpine World Cup troupe, and the going isn't likely to get any easier for the U.S. ski team, which left its star performer in Vail, Colo., on crutches. With Picabo Street out for the season and Hilary Lindh still hampered by a sore back, the only question remaining is whether the once-potent American men's speed squad has recovered enough from injuries and just plain slow skiing to provide at least one or two shining moments in an otherwise bleak winter.