| Jan 18, 2014
| 7:37 PM
Shani Davis qualified for the 2014 U.S. Olympic speedskating team in three individual events, winning two of them — the 1,000 and 1,500 meters — at the recent Olympic trials.
That gives him a chance to become the first man to win long-...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 7:51 AM
I can't resist.
The best way to describe the Arab emirate of Qatar's attempt to become a world sports mecca is a Yiddish word.
In the fullest sense -- brazen ambition and bold aspiration.
First the 2022 World Cup.
Then another Olympic...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 12:53 PM
The summer season in Olympic sports has yet to end -- witness the Pan American Games, a multi-sports event of summer disciplines, which runs until Oct. 30 -- yet the winter sports season arrives this weekend.
The alpine ski World Cup has its...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Tim Burke grew up in an Adirondack Mountain hamlet with no stores, no gas station, no neighbor within a half-mile of his house and just 671 people, period, according to the 2010 census of Paul Smiths, N.Y.
And then, as a 12-year-old, Burke took up a...
| Mar 10, 2012
| 8:39 AM
In what had been her weakest event over the past two seasons, Glenview's Lana Gehring put herself in the same company as the greatest women's speedskater in U.S. history.
Saturday in Shanghai, Gehring won the bronze medal in the 500 meters at the...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 11:51 AM
The trials are over.
The tribulations are not.
U.S. Speedskating named its 10 qualifiers for the fall short track World Cup team based on results of the selection trials competition that ended Sunday in Salt Lake City.
Six of the 10 were signees...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 2:02 PM
It’s about 15 months before the Feb. 7, 2014 opening of the next Winter Olympics.
So here are 15 thoughts on winter sports as the full gamut of sports on the program for the Sochi Games get into pre-Olympic-year action this weekend.
1. There is...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 8:10 AM
Almost exactly three years ago, international track federation president Lamine Diack of Senegal called out International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge for Rogge's willingness to let London pull the track out of its 2012 Olympic Stadium...
| Dec 26, 2011
| 6:54 PM
The year before the Olympics is traditionally when athletes emerge into the spotlight that will follow them through the next Summer or Winter Games.
Performances at world championships in the pre-Olympic year reveal new faces or make us more familiar...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 2:03 PM
Lindsey Vonn knew she began this World Cup alpine ski season physically stronger than she ever had been. She also was sure the hundreds of hours spent riding a bicycle last summer had made her endurance better than ever.
Vonn underscored her assessment...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 7:12 AM
The United States racked up a record 37 medals, including nine gold, at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
With the pre-Olympic World Cup and world championship winter sports season over for U.S. athletes, it’s a good time to look at the U.S. chances for...