February 7, 2006 |
People like Ali Misbah are what make officials protecting this month's Winter Olympics very nervous. Misbah had a mini-arsenal in his apartment in Turin, the northern Italian city where the Olympics will open Friday, when he was arrested several years ago.
January 15, 2006 |
This wasn't a skating championship, it was a Sno-Cone convention, the contestants' costumes covered in ice chips stained purple and blue and orange. America's best skaters became frozen sculptures, dropping into various poses more suited for a Sunday buffet than an Olympic qualifier. This wasn't Savvis Center, it was Rockefeller Center. These weren't Olympic hopefuls, they were curling stones. On the final night of the national championships Saturday, the mighty fell. And fell. And fell.
January 8, 2006 |
Alice Liang knew from the start that the second of her three daughters was destined to become an athlete. "She used to do cartwheels when she was 2 years old," Alice Liang said of Beatrisa, nicknamed Bebe by family and friends. "When we had visitors, she'd use the man's arm and swing back and forth from it, so we put her in gymnastics. "The skating thing came when her older sister watched the 1994 Olympics and said she wanted to skate.
December 20, 2005 |
Caught between generations and with no compelling choices in net, USA Hockey officials on Monday chose 12 first-time Olympians for the men's hockey team at the Turin Games, including all three goaltenders and two of seven defensemen. But inexperience might be the least of Team USA's woes. Likely No. 1 goalie Rick DiPietro of Winthrop, Mass.
December 2, 2005 |
Passes that once slid precisely from tape to tape go astray. Defensive zone coverage disintegrates into scrambles. The U.S. women's hockey team, confident and poised last April in winning its first world championship, is still finding its scoring touch and direction with the Turin Olympics 10 weeks away. Without the creativity of veterans Cammi Granato and Shelley Looney, who were cut during training camp in August, the U.S. women are struggling to score.
July 29, 2005 |
King defensemen Aaron Miller and Tim Gleason and forward Dustin Brown were among 39 players invited by USA Hockey to attend an Olympic orientation camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 5 through 8. Also invited were two-time Olympians Bill Guerin, Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight. The list omitted veterans Chris Chelios, Brian Leetch, Brett Hull and Jeremy Roenick, but General Manager Don Waddell said he'd probably add them to the list of 60 to 70 names he will submit to the U.S.