What's in the news today about our Olympic athletes?
Created by lee_stepup on Jul 14, 2008
Last updated: 03/15/10 at 01:35 PM
The Japanese women's rugby team
for the 2016 Olympics could be made up of a fearsome mixture of
rough-and-tumble martial arts experts.
Lindsey Vonn never got the message. Right before Vonn left the starting gate in Saturday's Olympic super-G, her husband-coach-adviser, Thomas, tried to radio her with a suggestion to change tactics. That's because several minutes earlier, when five of the first 11 skiers crashed on a shade-filled course the Vonns already suspected was designed specifically to trouble Lindsey, they agreed it...
The fans were waiting. Shaun White could see them packed in the stands at the bottom of the hill ready for snowboarding's greatest showman -- all of 23 years old -- to go do his thing. Only he couldn't. Not for a minute anyway. His second Olympic halfpipe gold medal already won, White turned to U.S.
U.S. women's ice hockey coach Mark Johnson isn't taking any chances with top scorer Hilary Knight. That means Knight will skip the final Olympic tuneups this week as she continues to recover from a lower body injury. Johnson said Knight looked "real good" in practice this week, but that he's decided not to play her Thursday night when the Americans face Finland in their final...
Factbox on bobsleigh ahead of the Feb.
12-28 Vancouver Winter Olympics:
Lindsey Vonn heads to the Vancouver Olympics happy and healthy after enjoying a perfect Sunday. "Now I feel like I'm ready," Vonn said after winning a super-G race at St. Moritz, her final World Cup event before the Feb. 12-28 games. "I'm definitely in the best shape I've ever been in.
World champion figure skater Kim
Yuna and a strong speed skating group will lead South Korea's
largest Winter Olympics team at the Vancouver Games next month.
Vancouver greeted the one
month countdown to the Winter Games with a shrug on Tuesday
while Olympic organisers confronted their two biggest potential
headaches -- transportation and weather.
By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Sports Writer
Sven Kramer of the Netherlands became the first skater to win the European all-round championships four years in a row Sunday, beating his toughest rival Enrico Fabris in the concluding 10,000 meters. In the women's championships, Czech skater Martina Sablikova won her second title, beating Ireen Wust of the Netherlands to add the European to her world title.
HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer
ERIC WILLEMSEN Associated Press Writer
EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer
Finnish police say they are investigating former Olympic ski jumping champion Matti Nykanen for an alleged attack on his wife.
Mao Asada won the Japan women's national figure skating championships Sunday to secure a place on the Vancouver Olympic team. Asada, first after the short program, began the free skate with a triple axel and was solid the rest of the way to finish with 204.62 points for her fourth straight national title.
Kevin Mazeika is the new national team coordinator of U.S men's gymnastics team. Mazeika led the U.S. men to back-to-back Olympic gymnastics medals for the first time. In his new role, he will manage and supervise the technical side of the junior and senior men's national teams. Martha Karolyi has a similar job with the women's national team.
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Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo sure know how to make a comeback. Competing at their first event since winning the 2007 world title, Shen and Zhao claimed gold at the Cup of China on Saturday with a landslide victory. Their score of 200.97 points was almost 15 ahead of reigning world silver medalists Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao.
Badminton has become the latest
sport to reject a possible money-saving switch to Wembley Arena
at the 2012 London Olympics, with a senior official saying on
Friday such a move would diminish the Games experience.
Under black clouds on a damp day, Usain Bolt was brilliant as ever. Once again, it was as if he were racing alone. The Jamaican ran the fourth fastest 200 meters in history on Friday to upstage Yelena Isinbayeva, Sanya Richards and Kenenisa Bekele, who split a $1 million jackpot for winning their events in all six Golden League meets this season.
* Worries about a significant budget gap for 2010 Games
South Africa's track and field federation had been asked to conduct a gender test on an 800-meter runner amid concerns she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. Eighteen-year-old Caster Semenya is a favorite in Wednesday's 800 final at the world championships. The world track and field federation requested the gender test about three weeks ago, after Semenya burst onto the...
Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt and defending champion Jeremy Wariner both advanced to the final of the 400 meters Wednesday at the world championships. Wariner had dominated the distance since the Athens Games in 2004, but Merritt upset him at the Beijing Games last year to take Olympic gold. Merritt looked at the stadium clock to make sure he won his semifinal heat and finished in 44.37 seconds,...
Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic said it's easier to get to the top than stay there -- and she's using that as motivation to defend her world champion status. "I know I'm ready," Vlasic said Monday. "I've done everything I could in this short preparation period." Vlasic, 25, was world champion two years ago and had 34 consecutive wins before taking silver in...
Libby Trickett, Christian Sprenger and Emily Seebohm set world short-course records at the Australian swim championships on Monday. Trickett broke her own record in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing in 51.01 seconds to improve on her mark of 51.70 set three years ago. Sprenger broke the world mark in a 25-meter pool in the 200-meter breaststroke, finishing in 2 minutes, 1.98 seconds.
Joan Benoit Samuelson will run the New York City Marathon this fall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her gold medal in the first women's Olympic marathon. The 52-year-old Samuelson announced she would enter the race Wednesday, exactly a quarter-century after her victory at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Natalia Ishchenko gave Russia another gold in synchronized swimming Thursday with what she called a perfect performance. The silver medalist thought she was even better. Rekindling the debate over judging in a sport where the results often seemed determined in advance, Spain's Gemma Mengual was clearly upset that her performance in the final of solo free came up a half-point shy of...
Alinghi boss Ernesto Bertarelli has defended the use of a contentious engine to trim the sails on the boat and denied the legal dispute with BMW Oracle Racing has damaged the reputation of the America's Cup. The Alinghi team showed reporters on Thursday around its catamaran, Alinghi 5, which has an engine that the American team says is against the spirit of the cup.
The London Games chairman says the 2012 Olympic budget will not be affected by any British government efforts to reduce public spending. Sebastian Coe says Monday the recession has left Britain with its biggest peacetime deficit, putting Gordon Brown's Labour administration under pressure to implement cutbacks.
Mike Babcock was handed the
toughest assignment at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics on Thursday
when he was named head coach of the Canadian men's hockey team.
The four cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics took their case directly to the voters on Wednesday, stressing the backing of their government leaders and promising financial security for their multi-billion-dollar projects. Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro made formal presentations to members of the International Olympic Committee in a crucial test before the final vote in Copenhagen on...
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva urged the IOC to break new ground by awarding the 2016 Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro. "The Olympic Games cannot be kept by the rich countries," Silva said Monday before this week's presentations to the International Olympic Committee. "The IOC must see the Olympics as the chance to transform Brazilian society." Rio is competing...
The World Anti-Doping Agency will explain its methods of retrospective testing to European Union officials as part of an ongoing debate over privacy issues. WADA vice chairman Arne Ljungqvist said discussions would focus on the eight-year statute of limitation that allows testers to keep frozen samples of athletes' blood and urine for reanalysis when new detection methods become available.
A panel of swimming experts will meet Monday to decide which models of high-tech swimsuits can be worn at the world championships this summer.
Pro beach volleyball star Holly McPeak is hanging up her bikini for good.
U.S. pairs figure skating champion Rockne Brubaker is hoping to return to the ice in early May after hernia surgery. Brubaker had surgery April 3 to repair tears in the muscles of the lower abdomen. Recovery is four to six weeks, and he expects to resume training around May 1. Brubaker says he first noticed the injury last fall.
Ron Wilson has coached American hockey teams from the World Cup to the world championships to the Olympics. The squad he will take into next year's Vancouver Games will look nothing like any over the past two decades. Wilson, the Toronto Maple Leafs' bench boss and a USA Hockey fixture as a player and coach for over 30 years, was chosen Monday as coach of the 2010 men's Olympic team and the club...
Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs is expected to be selected coach of the U.S. Olympic team for next year's Winter Games in Vancouver, according to several reports Friday that cited unidentified sources. USA Hockey said the coach for the men's team will be announced Monday morning, but declined to comment on whether the choice was Wilson, who served as coach of the U.S.
The lakeside town of Annecy has
been named as France's candidate city to host the 2018 Winter
Olympics, the French national Olympic committee announced on
European indoor sprint champion
Dwain Chambers, previously banned for two years for doping, will
be welcomed at the Golden League meeting in Berlin on June 14.
Leaders of America's Olympic sports federations have asked the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee to explain the sudden and unexpected ouster of chief executive officer Jim Scherr. More than three dozen chiefs of America's national governing bodies (NGBs) met on a conference call Friday, a day after Scherr announced he was resigning.
Hot favourite David Gillick
crashed out of the 400 metres semi-finals in controversial
fashion on the first day of the European Indoor Athletics
Championships on Friday.
Ethiopian Meseret Defar broke
the women's world indoor 5,000 metres record on Wednesday when
she clocked 14 minutes 24.37 seconds at the DN Galan meeting.
Ethiopian Meseret Defar broke
the women's world indoor 5,000 metres record on Wednesday when
she clocked 14 minutes 24.37 seconds.
The World Anti-Doping Agency is sticking with its whereabouts rule for out-of-competition testing but will consider any proposed changes from athletes who consider the system intrusive. WADA director general David Howman said Tuesday he held "fruitful and positive" talks in London with national and international athletes' groups from various professional sports, including soccer, track and field,...
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- A lawyer for a man arrested on drug charges said local authorities are trying to build a marijuana possession case against American swimming superstar Michael Phelps.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assured the International Olympic Committee on Friday that Russia's economic troubles will not jeopardize state funding for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The liquidity crisis that has hit Russia amid the global meltdown has caused concern about its ability to pay for the games in the Black Sea resort city where most of the facilities must be built from scratch.