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.
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.
February 17, 1988
Sonja Henie, who competed in her first Winter Olympics at age 11 and won gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936 before earning a fortune in ice shows and movies, wasn't exactly a rags-to-riches story. According to David Wallechinsky's "The Complete Book of the Olympics," which is the source of today's Morning Briefing, Henie's father owned the largest fur company in Norway and was the owner of Oslo's first automobile.
December 17, 1994 |
Ernie Els closed with four consecutive birdies Friday, giving him his second consecutive seven-under 64 and a six-shot lead at the midway point of the Johnnie Walker World Championship at Montego Bay, Jamaica. Els broke the tournament record with a 30 on the back nine. Tom Lehman shot a 65 and is tied for second with Nick Faldo. Another stroke back is David Gilford, who matched Els with a 64.