June 19, 2008
THEY LIKE EACH other. Forget the intense and distant looks on the mats, the one-two status that Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin own in U.S. women's gymnastics, or that the younger Johnson has eclipsed the more seasoned Liukin as the best all-around gymnast the United States has to offer - barely. Try to overlook also that, in this sport of tiny people, the window of opportunity is even tinier, open just wide enough, and usually just long enough, for one of them to squeeze through and cash in on the fleeting fame from Olympic success.
March 5, 2006 |
Jonathan Horton has already accomplished enough that he probably didn't qualify as a dark horse at yesterday's finals of the first big international gymnastics competition of the year, the Tyson American Cup at Temple University. But few expected Horton, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, to pull off an upset over Hisashi Mizutori of Japan, who is still riding high after his second-place all-around finish at the World Championships in Australia last fall. "When I got there the first day for training, I was watching him, and he is amazing," Horton said yesterday afternoon, speaking over the squeals of a few teenage girls who were lingering at the Liacouras Center, from the crowd of 4,237 gymnastics fans.
July 18, 2007 |
Germantown Academy's Teresa Crippen won the silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the Pan American Games yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fran Crippen, Teresa's older brother, won the open-water event over the weekend. Kathleen Hersey, of Atlanta, won the 400 IM. Also, Jessica Rodriguez, of Aurora, Colo., won the 400 freestyle. Corinne Showalter, of Sarasota, Fla, won the bronze medal. In other events: Sean Golden, of Camden, won a silver medal on the rings in the gymnastics competition.
October 23, 2008 |
Nastia Liukin, the all-around gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics, will return to Philadelphia tonight with the World Tour of Gymnastics Superstars. This visit to the Wachovia Center will be less stressful than her first. Liukin competed there from June 19 to 22, at the Olympic trials. She finished second to her friend Shawn Johnson in the all-around competition at the trials. Speaking of her triumph in Beijing, Liukin said, "It was a great accomplishment after all of the hard work that I put in. " She has not had much of a break since the Olympics.
August 22, 2008 |
The International Olympic Committee will investigate whether the Chinese women's gymnastics team that won the gold medal had underage athletes, saying "more information has come to light. " "If there is a question mark and we have a concern, which we do, we ask the governing body of any sport to look into it," IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said today. Messages for the International Gymnastics Federation were not immediately returned. Questions about the ages of at least three of the athletes on China's team have swirled for months.
March 3, 2006 |
Philadelphia may not be the gymnastics capital of the world, but for at least one day, the city will be the sport's focus. Today, 25 gymnasts from 11 countries will compete in the qualifying round of the 2006 Tyson American Cup at Temple's Liacouras Center. Today's round is closed to the public, but tomorrow's finals are open and start with opening ceremonies at 11:15 a.m. The competition begins at 11:30. The top eight men and top eight women from today will advance to tomorrow's competition.
July 3, 2012 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Led by the one-two punch of Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, the United States has its strongest women's Olympic gymnastics team since 1996, one that will be not just favored but expected to bring home the second Olympic team gold. McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, who were with Douglas and Wieber on the U.S. team that won the title in last fall's world championships, also made the team named late Sunday night, as did Kyla Ross. Elizabeth Price, of Upper Saucon Township in Lehigh County, was named an alternate team member.
July 2, 2012 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Gabby Douglas has impeccable timing. The perky 16-year-old, who sometimes goes by the moniker "the Flying Squirrel," upset world champion Jordyn Wieber for the first time Sunday night, winning the Olympic trials and the lone guaranteed spot for the London Games. Douglas, bolstered by a dazzling uneven bars routine that would make an acrobat sweat, beat Wieber by a mere 0.1 points after finishing a close second at last month's U.S. championship and the first night of trials.
August 14, 2005 |
John Holmes beat longtime Britain and Ireland player Gary Wolstenholme, 1-up, yesterday to help the United States take a 6 1/2-5 1/2 lead after the first day of the Walker Cup matches at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. The United States, trying to end a three-match losing streak in the biennial competition, led by 2 1/2-1 1/2 after the morning alternate-shot matches and maintained the one-point lead by splitting the eight afternoon singles matches....
August 11, 2008 |
BEIJING - As the reigning world champions, the U.S. women were expected to sail into the Olympic gymnastics team final without drama. But yesterday's qualifying session was rife with it - starting when Samantha Peszek sprained her ankle during warm-ups before the squad was due to march onto the floor at Beijing's National Indoor Stadium. The hobbled Peszek, scheduled to compete in all four disciplines, could manage only one, joining the similarly sidelined Chellsie Memmel, who sprained an ankle last weekend.