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.

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?

photo courtesy Madrid 2020

photo courtesy Madrid 2020

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Madrid: Games as hope to city, country that needs it

MADRID — Despite the economic hammering this country has taken, an International Olympic Committee survey indicates 76 percent of local residents want the 2020 Summer Olympics and 81 percent throughout Spain, the Madrid 2020 bid team saying at a Tuesday evening news conference that such figures show the Games offer a measure of hope to a city and country that wants and needs it.

The poll numbers stayed relatively even from from IOC survey results released last May, which showed 78 percent support for the Games in Madrid and the surrounding area. That polling remained consistent, even as the Spanish economy remains mired in recession, Spain’s second in three years, with the nation’s unemployment rate at one in four, is proof indeed of the power of the Olympic spirit, bid leaders asserted.