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.
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.
July 3, 2003 |
In a surprisingly tight election, the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded Vancouver, Canada, the 2010 Winter Games. Vancouver, long the front-runner, defeated Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the second round of balloting, 56 votes to 53. Salzburg, Austria, was eliminated in the first round.
February 24, 2003 |
The race to be host of the 2010 Winter Games is on in earnest. Voters in a referendum at Vancouver, Canada, favored seeking the Games. Bidders in Salzburg, Austria, released a poll showing public backing; and an International Olympic Committee task force gave high marks to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The import of the developments, according to a number of IOC officials, is that what had been seen as a two-way race -- between Vancouver and Salzburg -- has become a three-way competition.
July 18, 2002 |
Along with plans for impressive sports facilities and the outline of a sound financial package, recent history makes clear that what it really takes to win the Olympic Games is elegantly simple: You need a story. A truly compelling story. Beijing won the 2008 Games with this story: The Games have never been held in China. China is home to 20% of the human race. It's time. Athens won the 2004 Games like this: Greece is the birthplace of the Olympic movement. Come home. Now the U.S.
November 22, 2001 |
Although most winter sports won't announce their Olympic teams until next month, a few athletes can start packing their bags for Salt Lake City. Derek Parra of San Bernardino and Jennifer Rodriguez of Miami, inline skaters who made successful transitions to the ice, are the first skaters to qualify for the U.S. Olympic long track speedskating team. Parra earned a berth at 1,500 meters by finishing fourth at Innsbruck, Austria, last weekend.