Watch out, world: Lindsey Vonn is motivated

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Traditionally, alpine ski star Lindsey Vonn has been something of a summer workout fiend.

This past March, she came up just three points shy of what would have been a fourth straight overall World Cup overall title, denied in part because bad weather forced the cancellation of the season’s final race, a giant slalom in Lenzerheide, Switerland. Maria Riesch of Germany, who is Lindsey’s very good friend, won the overall.


The USOC as “us” instead of “them”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Scott Blackmun, the chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee, wrapped up his speech to the USOC’s annual general assembly here Friday morning with what may have been the one of the most remarkable comments put forth in the nearly 14 years I have closely covered America’s Olympic organization.

In the context of pretty much any other American entity, it might not have been so incredible. But by the standards of the formerly dysfunctional USOC, it was a chart-topper.


‘…Big things’ for 2011 U.S. track team

DAEGU, South Korea — Christian Taylor, 21 years old, won the triple jump Sunday at the 2011 track championships with an audacious leap of 17.96 meters, 58 feet, 11 1/4 inches, the fifth-best in history. He declared afterward, in the tone of a respectful competitor, not a jerk, “I came to win.”

Will Claye is just 20 years old. Both Claye and Taylor were going to be seniors at the University of Florida until turning pro. What are the odds that these would be the two guys finishing 1-3 at the worlds in the same event? Yet that’s what happened, Claye jumping a personal-best 17.5, or 57-5. He said, “We came out here, did our best and ended up doing big things.”


Let Bolt run

DAEGU, South Korea — It’s my fault, and only my fault, for false-starting in the 100, Usain Bolt said.

He also said, and he was not boasting nor was he being disrespectful, that he believes he would have run in the 9.6s or maybe 9.7-low and that without the false start his teammate Yohan Blake, who went on to win the 100 in 9.92, would have run 9.8.