March 31, 2007 |
Michael Phelps has spent plenty of time scaling the highest perch of the medal stand. Ryan Lochte was used to stopping a step or two below. Not anymore. Mr. Runner-up is a world champion. While Phelps remained perfect, winning his fifth straight gold medal at the world championships, another American turned things upside down in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday - if only for a night. Ryan Lochte, a laid-back resident of Daytona Beach, Fla., who sounds as if he just wandered in from the surf, pulled off a stunning upset in the 200-meter backstroke, beating the supposedly invincible Aaron Peirsol with a world-record time.
December 13, 2012 |
THE LATEST round of NHL labor talks ended with the two sides not even getting into the same room with each other. The players' association and league negotiators met separately Wednesday with federal mediators in suburban New Jersey, holding discussions that didn't immediately appear to have moved the sides any closer to a deal to save the hockey season. There was hope going into Wednesday that negotiations could get back on track to the point they were last Thursday before talks fell apart.
December 16, 2010 |
Ryan Lochte's bid to match Michael Phelps with eight golds at the short-course world championships was derailed when the United States' 400-meter freestyle relay failed to medal on the opening night of the meet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. France won, followed by Russia and Brazil. The U.S. team was fourth. Earlier, Lochte won the 200 freestyle. China set swimming's first world record of 2010 in the women's 800 freestyle relay. All U.S. swimmers are wearing the initials of Fran Crippen on their warmup suits.
July 28, 2012 |
LONDON - Michael Phelps makes the first of seven attempts to add to his 14 career Olympic medals, three short of the record. Saturday's opener might offer the best race of all. Competition will rage in the 400-meter individual medley as Phelps competes in an event he hates and in which he has recently lost to his biggest rival, the swimmer who manhandled him at the U.S. Olympic trials in July. That would be Ryan Lochte, who will be seeking six gold medals here, including two in events in which Phelps swims, starting with Saturday's much-anticipated final, which represents an extraordinary kickoff for the Olympic competition.
December 17, 2012 |
RYAN LOCHTE won two more races at the short-course world championships in Istanbul on Sunday, finishing the event with six golds and one silver. The result matched his medal total from the last championships, in Dubai in 2010. Lochte won the 100-meter individual medley, a day after he broke the world record in the event. The five-time Olympic champion finished in 51.21 seconds, ahead of Kenneth To of Australia and George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago. To started well and led at the halfway mark.
August 1, 2012 |
I am, like many people, I suspect, an Olympics hostage. Whenever the Games approach, summer or winter, I resolve that this time I will not get so caught up in the coverage. The truth is, I'm not sure some of these "sports" even really qualify as spectator events. 10-meter air rifle? Synchronized swimming? But then something invariably happens. After all the hype about Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, it's an elegant Chinese swimmer named Sun Yang you can't take your eyes off. A 17-year-old gymnast I've never heard of misses qualifying for the individual all-around event by fractions of a point and her heartbreak is palpable.
July 27, 2009 |
Mexico got its first win on U.S. soil in more than 10 years yesterday with a decisive 5-0 victory in the championship of the Gold Cup in East Rutherford, N.J. The Mexicans had been 0-9-2 since a March 1999 victory at San Diego. But they shattered that streak before an overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd of 79,156 at Giants Stadium with an offensive onslaught in the second half. Captain Gerardo Torrado scored on a penalty kick in the 56th minute, and the inexperienced U.S. squad came unglued.
August 20, 2004 |
Protests, accusations and a strange debate about backstroke turns almost overshadowed Michael Phelps' fourth gold medal, his sixth overall, at the Athens Games. On a night the American swim team won five medals, nothing seemed to matter more at the Olympic Aquatic Center than Aaron Peirsol's brief disqualification in the 200-meter backstroke. "It was a twisted, bizarre night, but it turned out OK," said Peirsol, the fifth male swimmer to sweep the backstroke events at the Olympics.
June 29, 2008 |
Michael Phelps' grueling schedule in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials has gotten a bit easier. He won't be competing in the 400-meter freestyle. The event was one of nine Phelps had entered during the eight-day meet that begins today. But his name was absent from the 400 freestyle heat sheets released last night. The move wasn't unexpected because Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, had hinted that he would drop the event. Phelps still will be in action on opening day, competing in the 400 individual medley, in which he owns the world record.
June 29, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Win your event at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, and you stand on an elevator that doubles as an awards podium. You rise from the bowels of the building, thousands of fans cheering as you come into view. Before the elevator guy pushed the up button, Brendan Hansen lobbed him a question about special effects. "Can I get a puff of smoke with this?" said Hansen, a former star at Haverford High School. Hansen won the men's 100 breaststroke Tuesday, one of six swimmers to earn an Olympic spot on the day. Hansen, who leans toward the serious side of life, then decided the time had come to let his countrymen know the personalities of the men's swimming team extended beyond Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.