Michael Phelps (Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com) Michael Phelps won his first race since the 2012 London Olympics at the Charlotte Grand Prix on Friday, swimming the 100m butterfly in 52.13 seconds. CLICK HERE to watch the race. By Braden Keith, courtesy of SwimSwam.com There’s something to be said for consistency after a long layoff. Michael Phelps, in […]
Michael Phelps (Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com) Michael Phelps raced in the preliminaries of the 100m butterfly and the 200m freestyle at the USA Swimming Grand Prix stop in Charlotte. He earned a spot in the 100m butterfly finals, which can be seen tonight (May 16) on Universal Sports at 6 PM ET LIVE. Coverage from Charlotte continues Saturday at 6 […]
Photo Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Michael Phelps will take another small step in his comeback to competitive swimming when he competes in two races on Friday but this time he will do it without the presence of his friend and greatest rival. The 28-year-old Phelps competed for the first time since retiring after […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN (Reuters) – Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during a training session at the Sochi Olympics, is appealing for financial help to continue her treatment and rehabilitation. “I am training in a clinic in Spain and the doctor gave me a 90 percent chance that I would be able […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN (Reuters) – The Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during the Sochi Winter Olympics, is set to continue her treatment in Spain. Komissarova, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a fall during training on Feb. 15, had already spent two months in Germany undergoing a series of […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – He did not win any gold medals or set any world records but Michael Phelps ticked all the boxes he needed in his comeback to competitive swimming. Only time will tell whether Phelps will stick with his comeback and swim at the 2016 RioOlympics and possibly add to his mind-boggling […]
Rowdy Gaines (Seth Rubinroit/Universal Sports) Click HERE to watch Michael Phelps’ comeback race. By Seth Rubinroit Racing for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Michael Phelps made a statement, recording the fastest time in the 100m butterfly heats and then finishing second to Ryan Lochte in the 100m butterfly finals at USA Swimming’s […]
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:13pm EDT (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals. But now, almost two years after retiring from swimming and two months shy of his 29th […]
Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – The news that Michael Phelps was returning to the pool with an eye toward possibly participating at the 2016 Summer Olympics was greeted with a big yawn by fellow swimmers. While Phelps’s un-retirement did indeed create a flurry of excitement in social […]
BARCELONA, March 30 (Reuters) – Joaquim Rodriguez won the Tour of Catalunya for a second time on Sunday when the Team Katusha rider defended his slender overnight lead to pip fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador of Tinkoff-Saxo into second. Champion in 2010, home favourite Rodriguez had a four-second lead going into the last and shortest of […]
Boston Marathon (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) BOSTON, April 14 (Reuters) – “Left on Boylston” in this American city means only one thing on marathon day. It means you’re in the home stretch of the Boston Marathon, and all of the early morning runs in the dark New England winters, and all the wild […]
April 13 (Reuters) – Mo Farah vowed not to abandon his marathon ambitions after a chastening transition from track to road on his competitive debut over 26.2 miles in London on Sunday. The Briton, who built up an aura of invincibility after winning 5,000 and 10,000 metre titles at the last Olympics and world championships, […]
(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) Watch Mo Farah race at the London Marathon on Sunday, April 13 at 4 AM ET LIVE on Universal Sports and online. LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – Like many of the 30,000 who will toe the line at the London Marathon on Sunday, Mo Farah will do so with a certain amount […]
Lindsey Vonn Undercover as Ski Ticket Agent What does Lindsey Vonn do on her days off? The Olympic gold medalist had a little fun recently while recovering from knee surgery, dressing up in costume as an employee-in-training at the Vail ski resort. Check out the video below to see the amusing interactions she had with unsuspecting customers: […]
Your fitness questions answered (Courtesy of Cycling News) Food intake, nutrition planning Hi All, Could you please advise best food intake regime prior and post exercise, I’m about to hopefully start shedding approximately 50kgs through both cycling and boxing. I’m currently working nightshift from midnight until around 8:30am and I plan to train after work then […]
Your fitness questions answered (Courtesy of Cycling News) Lack of sleep Hi, My question is a general one that I, and probably others, have problems with when having a full-time job, family, etc. What do you recommend on those intense workout days when you are lacking adequate sleep? I can feel that my body needed […]
Well-rested legs are strong legs. Hit the hay early for a better ride the next day. By Ben Delaney (Courtesy of Bike Radar) Does anyone actually stick to new year’s resolutions? As much as we’d all like to just ‘be faster and fitter’ this year, a vague goal like that is never going to be […]
By Olivier Poirier-Leroy (Courtesy of SwimSwam) It’s hard work chasing our goals. Not only does it require investing a lot of effort, with countless hours in and out of the pool, but it also requires us to suspend our fears. The fear of failure, fear of success, fear of looking bad. In actuality, doing the […]
By Olivier Poirier-Leroy (Courtesy of SwimSwam) When a swimmer is asked about their goals the answer is invariably something long term and epic – Win the olympics. Win 9 gold medals at World Champs Beat every single one of my brother’s club records And so on… Yet ask the same swimmer what their goals are […]
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Dr. Eric Goralnick, an emergency room doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was a block away from the marathon when he learned about the bombing. By the time he arrived at the ER, the staff was already in motion. The hospital’s personnel regularly undergo drills and training for emergency events, and on that fateful day, put all of their practice into play. This year, Dr. Goralnick plans to support the hospital’s team and honor those who were injured in last year’s bombings by running the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Elana Meyers (left) with Lolo Jones (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images) Some Olympic medalists return home and celebrate by taking time off and relaxing with friends and family. Bobsledder Elana Meyers, on the other hand, quickly returned to training with a new goal—making the U.S. rugby team for the 2016 Summer Games. Meyers, who won a […]
Boston Marathon World Run application encourages runners of all abilities to participate in the athletic spirit of the 2014 Boston Marathon BOSTON, February 5, 2014 – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), organizer of the Boston Marathon, today launched Boston Marathon World Run, a mobile application and website that connects runners from around the world with the […]
PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Gilham/Getty Images Mo Farah announced he will race in a half-marathon in New York City as he gets ready for his marathon debut. Farah will run in the NYC Half on March 16. He won the race in 2011. “I have been training hard in Kenya and hope to use the […]
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG (Reuters) – Canada squeezed past arch-rivals the United States 1-0 on Friday to reach the final of the Sochi Winter Games men’s ice hockey competition as they bid to successfully defend their 2010 Olympic crown. Sweden, 2-1 winners over Finland in the other semi-final, will face off against Canada on Sunday to […]
At the start of stage 2, the IAM Cycling team rode at the front, in remembrances of their fellow teammate, Kristof Goddaert (BEL), who died during a training run, hit by a bus after his bike reportly got stuck in some train tracks in Antwerp
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 […]
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