Beijing Summer Games 2008

Olympic Shocker: Gymnast Shawn Johnson Retires Before London Games

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson announced her retirement Sunday, saying repeated setbacks with her left knee made contending for a spot at the London Games impossible. “It just little by little gets worse and worse,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “My body is to the point where I need time to rest and retire so …

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The sweet life of Natalie Coughlin

I had the pleasure of speaking with world-renowned gold medalist Natalie Coughlin a couple days ago.  Natalie is an amazing swimmer –  the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Games – who is looking to add to her medal collection at the 2012 London Games. As Natalie begins a …

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Alicia Sacramone has something to prove

Everyone loves a good comeback story. Gymnast Alicia Sacramone is living one. As a young stand-out, Sacramone anticipated making her Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens games. However she performed  poorly at Nationals that year and nearly quit the sport. Four years later,  the Boston-born gymnast came back to become the U.S. team leader at …

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Meet volleyball player Kim Glass

Volleyball player Kim Glass is the epitome of a pretty tough woman. The 6’3″ All-American volleyball player is an outside hitter who made her first Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, helping Team USA to win a silver medal. Prepping now for the London 2012 Games, Glass is a whirlwind of activity. She’s currently …

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Kick in Iran: Female sports documentary premieres at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival, beginning today in Park City, Utah,  is the 26th annual showcase of independent film.  While distributors are on the lookout for breakouts  like “Paranormal Activity”  and “Little Miss Sunshine”, we’ve got our eye on a powerful documentary called “Kick in Iran.” Kick in Iran is a look at contemporary life in …

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Audio of Teleconference with Hurdling Star Lolo Jones

USA Track & Field hosted a Q&A with Lolo Jones on February 26, leadig up to the USATF Indoor Nationals, which take place this weekend (Feb 28-Mar 1) in Boston. Jones has run the top three fastest times in the world indoors this season and therefore is the obvious favorite in the 60m hurdles this …

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Barringer Sets Indoor 5000m NCAA Record

“I think I’m gonna cry! I’ve been training so hard and my team has been so supportive. I wanna dedicate this on Valentine’s Day, my love to my team…for putting up with me!” Jenny Barringer was beside herself after set her second NCAA record Saturday evening at the Husky Invite on the 300m University of …

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SteepleChic Anna Willard Wins Mile at Tyson Invite

Photo by Kirby Lee The Nutrilite Women’s Mile at the Tyson Invitational Indoor Track & Field Meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was loaded: Anna Willard, 2008 Olympian in the 3000m Steeplechase; Treniere Clement, multiple USA 1500m Champ; Sally Kipyego, arguably the best NCAA distance runner ever, from Texas Tech; Brie Felnagle, another NCAA force from UNC; …

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Flanagan Sets American Record, Ex-Coach Talks About Split

Shalane Flanagan has had quite the February.  Earlier this week, she announced her split with coach John Cook , citing “personal and professional” differences.  On Saturday, she toed the line at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games with the intent to break Marla Runyan’s indoor 5000m American Record. With Marina Muncan setting an even pace as …

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Long distance runner Flanagan splits with coach

Was this a joke?  I saw the headline on another website, and then a link to a USA Today article.  No, this was definitely not a joke.  Shalane Flanagan, 2008 Bronze Medalist and the American Record holder in the 10,000m, has parted ways with her coach John Cook.  John Cook had also been coaching Olympians …

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