PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK (Reuters) – A sultry performance that lasted four spellbinding minutes, but was 17 years in the making, propelled Meryl Davis and Charlie White to become the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title at the Sochi Games on Monday. In a showdown with rivals and Canadian training partners Tessa […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – In a finish a Hollywood scriptwriter would struggle to match, the women’s downhill at Russia’s Winter Olympicsproduced a tie for gold for the first time on Wednesday, in a thrilling start to the fifth full day of competition. Despite clear skies and mild temperatures, complaints about slushy snow conditions in […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER (Reuters) – Bode Miller can see clearly, now that the pain has gone, where he went wrong in Sunday’s Olympic downhill: He could not see clearly enough. The most medaled U.S. Olympic Alpine skier of all time, racing in his fifth Games at the age of 36, told reporters on Tuesday that he needed laser eye surgery […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH (Reuters) – Triple world champion Ted Ligety was late joining the Sochi Olympic party but armed with a little local knowledge and some Russian goodwill he looks set to make up for lost time. The U.S. ski team have struck an unlikely relationship with their Russian counterparts, so Ligety, despite only venturing to […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER (Reuters) – When a nine-year-old Meryl Davis was first told to hold hands with an eight-year-old Charlie White and look deeply into his eyes while holding his gaze – just thinking about it left her blushing and tongue-tied. However, it was just as well it did not take her long […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics were dealt a blow two days before the opening ceremony when American snowboarding star Shaun White pulled out of the slopestyle event due to safety concerns, highlighting the real dangers athletes face in extreme winter sports. The news came as organizers scramble to deal with teething problems […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DAVID GRAY (Reuters) – Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir belong to an exclusive Olympic club, having won gold on home ice in Vancouver in 2010, but it has not stopped the Canadians rolling the dice again at this month’s Sochi Games. Only one pair has previously captured two Olympic ice dance titles – Russians […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE (Reuters) – Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney has plenty on her mind as she prepares to defend her title in Sochi but security is not one of the U.S. freestyle skier’s bigger concerns. “I truly feel just as safe and secure here as I have at the previous two Olympics,” she told […]
(Reuters) – Here are the main facts about bobsleigh at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The competition: There are three gold medals up for grabs in the men’s four-man, two-man and two-woman events. The competition consists of four runs held over a two-day period. Medals are awarded based on the total time over the four runs, […]
Men’s Elite Preview Courtesy of Cyclocross Magazine (link is http://www.cxmagazine.com/) Last year at this time, cycling fans from all across the globe were arriving in Louisville, KY, ready to ring cowbells and cheer for their favorite racers as they took the stage for the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships. It marked an important event in the […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS (Reuters) – Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White has decided not to compete at this week’s X Games in Aspen in order to focus on his preparations for the Sochi Winter Games, ESPN reported on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Californian, who won gold in the men’s halfpipe at each of the past two Winter Olympics, will represent […]
(Reuters) – Lanny Barnes is heading to the Sochi Olympics with all the incentive in the world after her twin sister gave up her own spot in the biathlon to let her compete for the United States. Lanny narrowly missed out on a place in the American team for Sochi after she fell ill last month and […]
Woodward at Copper is a premiere off-hill training facility for free ski and snowboard athletes. The Woodward Remix debuted the facility’s half-million dollar renovations and brought in several world class athletes to help celebrate.
CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – Three-times Austrian Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern is in hospital with a serious head injury and a damaged lung after a fall in training, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said on Friday. An Austrian Ski Federation statement said Morgenstern’s injuries were not life-threatening. The 27-year-old lost his balance […]
CREDIT: REUTERS/ROBERT PRATTA (Reuters) – Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, one of the biggest attractions in winter sport, will miss next month’s Sochi Games because she requires surgery on her injured knee. The 29-year-old American broke the news on her Facebook page on Tuesday. “I am devastated to announce I will not be able to compete in […]
32 year old Erik Guay (CAN) picked up his first World Cup win this season after finishing with a winning time of 1:56.65. A win here comes as a relief for Guay as he had the best training runs in the previous 2 WC Downhills but was unable to win.
(Reuters) – Olympic men’s champion Evan Lysacek has abandoned hopes of defending his title in February’s Sochi Olympics after failing to recover from a hip injury. The 28-year-old tore the labrum in his left hip in August and despite aggressive treatment and physical therapy, he has been unable to regain full fitness. With his doctor warning that […]
During this week’s Countdown Conversation Jenny Cavnar caught up with former US snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Pearce was a front-runner going into Vancouver before suffering a traumatic brain injury while training. “The Crash Reel” comes out in theaters December 13th.
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RICK WILKING (Reuters) – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn says she is ready to race in Friday’s Lake Louise downhill in what will be her first World Cup start since she injured a knee in February. The American, whose comeback was interrupted by a training crash last month, said on her Facebook account on Thursday it […]
This week, Nick Gismondi heads out with Olympic hopeful Tim Burke to take a “shot” at Biathlon training. Biathlon is one of the oldest winter sports and requires high endurance and accurate shooting skills.
Even in the midst of their intensive training, Olympic hopefuls still take time to tweet, post and update their social media. During Sochi Social we bring our viewers the highlights, and lowlights, of their social media exploits. In this episode, keep up with all of the athlete’s tweets and posts as Alpine Skier Ted Ligety gives new teammate Kieffer Christianson the “rookie haircut” treatment.
During Train Like A Champion our reporter Nick Gismondi spends a day with Olympic hopefuls. He gives viewers a firsthand experience of the skill, discipline, and dedication these elite athletes must achieve in order to pursue their Olympic dream. In this episode, Nick gets a taste of Alpine Ski training in the Wind Tunnel with the help of Steve Nyman.
Featuring the most compelling stories leading up to the Winter Games, “Countdown to Sochi” airs every Wednesday from October 30 to February 5 at 8 PM ET only on Universal Sports Network. The 15-week show will showcase Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls through exclusive interviews and profiles, and will also have extensive coverage of winter sports […]
(Reuters) – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn will skip the opening race of the Alpine Ski World Cup this weekend, giving herself more time to get back in shape after a major knee injury last season. “I feel that I need more training before I start racing again… which means the Soelden race is not on […]
Courtesy USA Gymnastics ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct. 4, 2013 –Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/Bannon’s Gymnastix, Inc., and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, swept the top two spots in the women’s all-around finals at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships at the Antwerp (Belgium) Sports Palace today. Biles won the all-around title with her 60.216 total, just […]
Tips For Athletes from Q by Equinox Q is Equinox’s editorial site that was created to change the conversation on fitness and wellness by presenting it in an elevated way. To them, the body is the ultimate investment. They believe it takes equal parts inspiration and information to get you to commit—and that’s what Q […]
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Richard Moore, Q by Equinox Geraint Thomas is the double Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist who in the summer of 2013 astonished the world with his performance at the 100th Tour de France. He didn’t win. But in an event that is renowned as the ultimate test of endurance and […]
Universal Sports put together a list of essential gear that will keep endurance athletes on track during their Fall 2013 (and beyond) training. Take a look at some of our favorite products from brands like High Sierra, Asics and Yurbuds. Marlin 18 Hydration Pack by High Sierra Ideal for mountain biking, trail running, and day […]
PORTILLO, Chile (Sept. 2) – Less than seven months ago, when Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn severely injured her knee in a dramatic crash that required her to be airlifted off the mountain, many doubted if she could recover in time to compete in championship form for the 2014 season. This weekend Vonn took a […]
The Last 26: Running With Ryan Hall Ryan Hall is one of the most decorated American distance runners of all time. Among his many accomplishments, Hall is the current U.S. record holder for the half marathon and marathon. USN: When you don’t feel like running, how do you motivate yourself to train? Ryan: I make […]
Ryan’s Advice: Five Running Training Tips for a Busy Schedule: 1. Get out the door: Even if you feel tired when you get home after a long day, just make it a point to get out the door. If you still feel tired once you have run a couple of miles then modify your workout. […]
By Alasdair Fotheringham MIRADOR DE LOBEIRA, Spain | Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:01pm EDT (Reuters) – American Chris Horner produced a thrilling late attack to become the oldest rider to win a stage and grab the overall lead in a Grand Tour race at the Vuelta a Espana on Monday. The RadioShack Leopard rider, 41 […]
CHORGES, France (Reuters) – Overall race leader Chris Froome produced a late burst of speed to win Wednesday’s individual time trial, securing his third victory of this year’s Tour de France. Froome had been trailing rival Alberto Contador by 11 seconds at 20 km of the 32-km course which included two climbs, but, with his […]
(Reuters) – Alberto Contador showed he was prepared to risk everything to win the Tour de France on Tuesday, crashing on the final descent as he tried to attack overall leader Chris Froome. Team Sky rider Froome, who was on Contador’s wheel, had to move round the Spaniard and briefly went off the road himself […]
By Gene Cherry RALEIGH, North Carolina | Sun Jul 14, 2013 (Reuters) – Tearful former double sprint world champion Tyson Gay said on Sunday he had tested positive for a substance he could not identify and was pulling out of next month’s world championships in Moscow. Gay, who had the year’s fastest 100 metres time […]
By Julien Pretot PORTO VECCHIO, France | Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:09pm BST (Reuters) – Alberto Contador has promised a more exciting Tour de France this year after Bradley Wiggins’s Team Sky dominated all the way to the Champs-Elysees in the 2012 edition. Double champion Contador of Spain, back in the race after a one-year […]
Los Angeles, CA (June 6, 2013) – USA Rugby Rising, a new, six episode original docu-series by Universal Sports, debuts this Saturday, June 8, with back-to-back airings of the first two episodes at 7:30 and 8:00 PM ET. Immediately following the series premiere, Team USA takes on Ireland in a high-stakes international test match at […]
Rome, Italy – 6 June 2103 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt’s defeat by Justin Gatlin in the 100 metres at the Rome Diamond League meeting on Thursday is unlikely to cause the Olympic champion too much concern ahead of August’s world championships. American Gatlin, bronze medallist at the London Games after a four-year doping ban, ran […]
By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports When the Warrior Games were christened in 2010, it was not promoted as the “first annual.” Whether the joint effort of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Olympic Committee, originally involving 200 active and retired members from the various military branches with significant injuries and illness, would […]
By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports Ever wonder about the translation of “Semper Fi,” the motto associated with the few, the proud, the Marines? It is a Latin phrase that means “always faithful” — not, as followers of an annual Paralympics-styled sports festival for armed services members might guess, “kicking butt at the Warrior […]
REUTERS – Benat Intxausti of Spain won the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, and favourite Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead as the race entered the final week. Intxausti won in a time of 5 hours, 52 minutes, 48 seconds, along the hilly 238 kilometres from Valloire, France, to Ivrea beating Tanel […]
(Reuters) – Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce eased to victory on a damp evening at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on Saturday while world champion Carmelita Jeter was stretchered off the track after finishing third. As low clouds settled around the stadium for the evening meet, the Jamaican sprinter pulled away from her American […]
The Columbus Dispatch reports today that former Ohio State and Denver Broncos running back Maurice Clarett will be participating in the Ohio Rugby Sevens Invitational in Mechanicsburg, Ohio on May 25th. He will be playing for the Columbus affiliate of Tiger Rugby, who incidently will be responsible for picking the 2016 USA Rugby Sevens Olympic […]
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