The camera catches Tina Maze making snow angels in victory after the second of her two giant slalom runs // photo Getty Images

The camera catches Tina Maze making snow angels in victory after the second of her two giant slalom runs // photo Getty Images

Skiing, Uncategorized

Tina Maze’s GS poetry slam

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Slovenia’s Tina Maze calls slalom her favorite discipline, which perhaps is a surprise given that it is, of the five alpine ski events, her weakest.

It is giant slalom that brings out her soulful side. “GS,” she says, “is like poetry for me.”

Bode Miller: "I'm going to be ready. I want to win."

Bode Miller: "I'm going to be ready. I want to win."

Skiing, Uncategorized

Bode goes ‘epic’ in last training run

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Bode Miller’s first thought in the start house Saturday was that he was going to take it easy on this, the final day of training before Sunday’s Olympic downhill.

Then, being Bode, he thought, what the hell. He had an opportunity to express himself in the manner of a great artist at the top of his work.

Swimming - 15th FINA World Championships: Day Sixteen

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Not just one super swimmer

BARCELONA — No, Michael Phelps did not swim even one stroke at the 2013 world championships. Yes, his presence hung over the meet — it being a year to the day that he touched the wall for the last time in the winning medley relay in London, as was helpfully noted in a Facebook post by the U.S. Olympic Team. Is he coming back? Who knows?

Whatever Phelps ultimately opts to do, keep at his golf game or again take the plunge, these championships, which wrapped up Sunday in memorable fashion, with the bang of the medley relays, will be long remembered because — if this is indeed the post-Phelps era — swimming now boasts not just one super-amazing swimmer.

Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers are among the U.S. swimmers at Friday's news conference in Barcelona

Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers are among the U.S. swimmers at Friday's news conference in Barcelona

Swimming, Uncategorized

BCN 2013: life after Phelps

BARCELONA — The world after Michael Phelps gets underway here shortly in sun-splashed Spain, or at least that part that everyone outside serious swim geeks would be inclined to pay attention to, the 2013 swimming world championships, and from all over the globe they sought Friday both to downplay expectations while asserting that quite naturally the point in racing is to win.

“It’s kind of a down year but everyone is getting ready to race,” American Matt Grevers, the London Games 100 meters backstroke gold medalist, said, summing it up perfectly in just one short sentence.

IOC, Uncategorized

Wrestling? How about surfing?

The agenda is patently obvious Wednesday, when the International Olympic Committee’s policy-making executive board meets in St. Petersburg, Russia, to determine the next steps for the sports program at the 2020 Summer Games.

Does wrestling stand a chance to get back in? Or will it be irretrievably out for at least for four years? What about baseball and softball’s combined bid — does it deserve the one spot now open for 2020? Or will the other sports, such as squash, karate or climbing, be given an opportunity to make their case?