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.
February 13, 2009 |
Figure skater Kim Yu-Na, South Korea Kim, 18, defeated rival Mao Asada of Japan at the recent Four Continents competition, a test event for the Olympics. A secure jumper, she's also expressive and gets high marks for her skating skills and artistry. She trains in Toronto and should have support from Canadian fans and the Korean community in Vancouver. Figure skater Patrick Chan, Canada Most male figure skaters don't peak until their early 20s. Chan, 18, may be an exception.
February 11, 2009 |
While celebrating her downhill victory at the world championships, American ski star Lindsey Vonn grabbed a broken champagne bottle, cut a tendon in her right thumb and underwent surgery Tuesday in Val d'Isere, France. Vonn already has won two gold medals at the worlds. The U.S. team anticipates her competing in the slalom Saturday and possibly the giant slalom Thursday, but she probably will skip the team event today.
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.