December 18, 1992 |
Greg Gumbel has been paging through winter clothing catalogs lately. Not for Christmas gifts. He's bulking up his winter warbrobe for February 1994. CBS Sports yesterday named Gumbel, host of "The NFL Today," as the prime- time host for its Winter Olympics coverage from Lillehammer, Norway. Before Gumbel begins focusing on skiing, skating and the luge, baseball will be on his mind. He also will be replacing Dick Stockton as the play-by- play man on CBS baseball broadcasts next season.
February 11, 1988 |
The Winter Olympics always have had a bit of an image problem. Tradition is part of it. The ancient Greeks, alas, didn't luge. The Winter Games were a 1924 spinoff of the big show and, quite naturally, it has taken time for them to approach anything close to equal stature. Popular heroes have emerged from the snow-and-ice wars, of course - Sonja Henie, Jean-Claude Killy, Eric Heiden - and a lot of people still rank the U.S. hockey team's 1980 gold medal performance among the greatest accomplishments in the history of sports.
September 3, 1987 |
Building cranes, once as plentiful as buffalo here and recently just as close to being extinct, are returning to the skyline. Oil prices have crept back to close to $20 a barrel. Unemployment, which reached a high of 15 percent, is now under 10. Houses might soon be worth what people paid for them five years ago. And last week, it really became official that Calgary, a boom town gone bust, is bouncing back. Construction workers seeking higher wages walked off their jobs. As the 1988 Winter Olympics draw closer, this city of 640,000 is growing in self-esteem.
December 2, 1990 |
In case you've never heard of this place, it's press central for the biggest winter party of 1992 - the Winter Olympics. It is also the "official" site of the Games. But if you want to see the alpine skiing events, don't - repeat, don't - come to this town in the Savoie region of the French Alps. And, most assuredly, don't book a hotel room here. Head, instead, for Bourg-St. Maurice, a charming town within easy commuting distance of three major venues for downhill events: Val-d'Isere, Les Arcs and Tignes.
March 6, 1988 |
Every fourth February brings an extra day, and inevitably part of that extra day is used up lamenting why Johnny can't luge. Or bobsled. Or biath . . . well, whatever it is that they do in the biathlon. Leap Year means a 29th day in February and, usually, national wailing as America gets waxed yet again in the Winter Olympics. Occasionally, there are shining exceptions, the most recent the 1980 Games at Lake Placid, famed forever as the Miracle on Ice, U.S. amateur hockey players vanquishing those dastardly Soviet professionals.
February 3, 2010 |
The U.S. Ski Team announced yesterday that Bode Miller plans to race all five Alpine events at the Vancouver Olympics. Miller's first event will be the downhill on Feb. 13, and he'll also compete in the super-combi, super-G, giant slalom and slalom. A five-event schedule was not a given because Miller skipped summer training while he debated retirement and is still not in top shape after injuring his ankle during a team volleyball game in December. "I'm not so worried from the point of view of conditioning as much as I am that he hasn't had much time skiing, and the setups are still a challenge," men's coach Sasha Rearick told the Associated Press by phone from Park City, Utah, where the Americans are holding their pre-Olympic camp.
January 25, 2011 |
Daniel Pyne was in the midst of final exams at Drexel when the phone call came that promised to open up a whole new world for him, a call that certainly made all the late nights and early-mornings trudging to ice rinks with his goalie equipment worthwhile. The call came from Dave Debol, head coach of the U.S. Men's National University Team. "Congratulations," Debol said, "you're one of my two goalies. " "It was amazing when I got that call," said Pyne, a Drexel junior who turned 20 last week.
February 9, 2010
SO IT'S THE last day of ski jumping at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and I'm walking around town in a light sweater. Office workers are eating lunch on park benches and sunning themselves. The only snow in the Alberta cow town has been trucked more than 50 miles from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and packed onto the ski jump. It was melting as fast as the army of workers could put it down. It appeared Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a self-promoting Brit with the ski-jumping skills of Shrek, might be saved by a water landing.
July 27, 2005 |
Flyers assistant general manager Paul Holmgren yesterday was named to the same position with Team USA for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Team USA will hold its Olympic training camp Sept. 5-8 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Expect Flyers forward Mike Knuble, a member of Team USA at the recent IIHF world championship tournament, and goalie Robert Esche to receive invitations. The Olympics are scheduled for Feb. 10-26. Team USA general manager Don Waddell, general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers, made the announcement.
December 19, 2000 |
When gold medals are handed out at the 2002 Winter Games, the ceremony will take place on a plaza built and owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. TV cameras - and thus the eyes of the world - will have little choice but to linger on the church's nearby gothic Temple, bristling with spires, and on other buildings that make up the headquarters of a rapidly growing American-born faith that claims 11 million members worldwide. Though tainted by a bidding scandal, Salt Lake City's Winter Games will certainly focus much of the world's attention on a dynamic Mormon culture, which is why the media-savvy church is gearing up to capitalize on the opportunity.