Blog Profile / L.A. Times Olympics Blog


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Archived Since:August 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

President Obama's answer shows wrong-headed U.S. attitude

I'd like to add a few things to my take on the voting for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups, which appeared in Friday's print and online editions of the Chicago Tribune. (For that story, click here) 1. What...

Hoist a cold one: $18 mill taking chill out of USOC - IOC relationship

To paraphrase a famous utterance, the financial agreement announced Thursday between the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International is a small step in settling account ledgers and a giant leap in getting past the idea that this was more about...

It figures for Kim, Lysacek to take golden parachute

Ten things I know, and you should: 1. I hope I'm wrong, but my gut feeling is 2010 Olympic figure skating singles champions Kim Yuna of South Korea and Evan Lysacek of the United States are done with competitive skating....

Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna considering L.A. as a training base

Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna has many reasons to love L.A., most notably because she won the 2009 World Championship at Staples Center while building up to her gold-medal performance at Vancouver in February. The 20-year-old from South Korea...

Remembering track-and-field legends Hal Connolly, Scott Davis

The sport of track and field -- and the sports world in general -- is far poorer today. Two track-and-field legends, Harold Connolly and Scott Davis, died Wednesday. Connolly was an Olympic champion whose Cold War love story captivated the...

From USOC's Mike Moran: A call to salute 1980 Olympians who stayed at home

Wednesday, I posted an essay from 1980 U.S. Olympian Anita DeFrantz on the pain she still feels over the 1980 Olympic boycott. (To read it, click here). Here is a more anecdotal voice on the 1980 boycott, that of longtime...

With two years to run, Coe says London in 'killing zone' of its Olympic preparations race

The London 2012 Olympic Stadium as it looked earlier this month. (Associated Press / Kirsty Wigglesworth) By Philip Hersh Tuesday marks two years to go to the July 27, 2012 opening of the London Summer Olympics. To the man running.....

Olympic panel's recommendation was no honor for Ueberroth

The U.S. Olympic Committee board last week rejected the Tagliabue committee's recommendation to stop having immediate past chairmen serve as honorary president and attend board meetings. It was the only recommendation made by the advisory committee, chaired by former NFL...

Hurdles' great Allen Johnson exits the field

A few things have slipped by while I was working on other things. Among them: Allen Johnson left competitive track and field at age 39. If hardly anyone noticed when the high hurdler quietly announced his decision a couple weeks...

Dow deal could improve chemistry between U.S. and International Olympic committees

The announcement coming Friday in New York about the newest International Olympic Committee global sponsor should be a big part of helping the U.S. Olympic Committee resolve its ongoing problems with the IOC over global sponsorship money. The new sponsor...

Crash ends Tour de France for Vande Velde

Christian Vande Velde is out of the Tour de France because of injuries suffered during a crash in Monday's Stage 2. Vande Velde, 34, broke two ribs and had a left eyebrow laceration requiring multiple stitches. Read more: "Crash Injuries...

Breaks, bumps and bruises worry Vande Velde as Tour de France begins

Christian Vande Velde has what would seem to be a reasonable goal for the Tour de France. But the events of the past two years have made it look like a fantasy for the cyclist from Lemont, Ill. "My contract...

Hurdler Lolo Jones sees a different picture of herself in London Olympics

For four years after the 1996 Olympics, legendary Moroccan runner Hicham El Guerrouj kept a photo on his bedroom wall of the fall in the 1,500-meter final that likely kept him from winning the race in Atlanta. Haunted by the...

The Babe wasn't the last woman to win long jump-high jump double medals

When Chaunte Howard Lowe won the high jump and finished second in the long jump Saturday at the U.S. Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, I wrote that it was a rare double and that Lowe was "believed to...

U.S. strength with iron ball no one-shot deal

When a guy with a 6-foot-6, 320-pound body and an Olympic silver medal talks about creating a competitive monster, you figure he knows a little about the subject. So you can take Christian Cantwell's word on how his success and...

Video of Michelle Kwan's commencement speech

Following up on my Monday blog, here is video of Michelle Kwan delivering her commencement speech and receiving an honorary degree at Southern Vermont College. Bad weather forced the ceremony to be held under a tent, hence the low light....

Words of wisdom from Michelle Kwan -- that's Dr. Michelle Kwan

Early this year, at the end of a phone conversation with Michelle Kwan about eventual 2010 Olympic champion Kim Yuna of South Korea, we began talking about Kwan's studies, and I told Michelle that what she has done since her...

Mirai Nagasu not on par with Rachel Flatt? Huh?

I am trying to figure out how U.S. Figure Skating decided Mirai Nagasu does not belong on the same level as Rachael Flatt in the "team envelopes" for the 2010-11 season that USFS announced Friday. That means Nagasu will get...

In one lap, Tyson Gay shows history-making health

Tyson Gay achieved something remarkable when he ran the 400 meters in under 45 seconds two weeks ago in Gainesville, Fla.With a time of 44.89, Gay became the only person to break 45 seconds in the 400, 20 seconds in...

Merritt, Olympic 400-meter champion, faces two-year suspension for substance found in male enhancement product ExtenZe

Reigning Olympic and world 400-meter track champion LaShawn Merritt faces a two-year suspension for what he said was use of an over-the-counter male enhancement product that he did not know contained the banned substance DHEA. Merritt, 23, of Portsmouth, Va.,...

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