December 6, 2001 |
Mario Lemieux is still on the mend and isn't ready yet to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins. That doesn't mean the Olympics are out. According to a source close to Lemieux who spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity, the Penguins' star is expected to reaffirm his intention of playing in the Olympics for Canada in Salt Lake City once he returns to practice, even though a hip injury and Oct. 29 hip surgery has sidelined him for all but three of...
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.
February 24, 2013 |
SOCHI, Russia - The frenzy of construction for the Winter Games enveloping this city has local people feeling as if the Greek gods of old were flinging one Olympian thunderbolt after another at them as they helplessly endure. President Vladimir V. Putin wants to turn Sochi, a threadbare resort on the Black Sea, into a polished Russian jewel, an up-to-the-minute, year-round, snow-and-sun resort drawing tourists long after next year's Olympics have moved on. Construction roars along 24 hours a day, leaving some residents dazed in this city of 345,000.
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.