- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago
Now that I'm on the US Amputee Soccer Team, this seemed like an appropriate Halloween costume. pic.twitter.com/2TiN2fdrFm
Yes, Sundquist, who in the past has dressed as a gingerbread man with a missing leg, the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story," and a flamingo, has honored his own inclusion on the US Amputee Soccer team by making himself into a human Foosball player.
Sundquist lost his leg as a child due to Ewing's sarcoma. However, he became an alpine skier and also draws crowds as a motivational speaker. It's not hard to see why. On the soccer pitch, Sundquist will represent the United States at the 2014 Amputee World Cup in Mexico.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal16 days ago
It took 62 years, but the U.S. women's volleyball team is finally the best in the world. The women won the FIVB World Championships on Sunday, the first time its ever claimed gold in a major international competiion, by defeating China, 3-1.
It had been more than a decade since the team even made it to the final – it last took silver in 2002. To get to this year's gold-medal game, the U.S. had to take down perennial power Brazil, who beat the Americans in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals.
“I constantly think about how this is bigger than us,” captain Christa Dietzen told Universal Sports. “I think it represents the past players of USA Volleyball and everybody that has built this program from the bottom up. And it represents the present players, and not just the 14 of us who are here, but all 25 to 40 of us who have come through the gym this summer and made each other better.”
Coach Karch Kiraly echoed Dietzen's comments in an on-court interview after the win.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal19 days ago
Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer has been mum about whether she'll return to her sport, but she seems to have offered fans an answer on Friday. The four-time gold medalist announced on Twitter that she is pregnant with her first child.
My most exciting news yet 😍... pic.twitter.com/r5RgiuXgNF
Vollmer's husband is former Stanford University swimmer Andy Grant. She set the world record in the 100m butterfly in 55.98 seconds at the London Olympics, and also won gold with the 4x200m freestyle relay teams in 2004 and 2012 and the 4x100m medley team in 2012.
With a February 2015 due date, it's doubtful that she'll be back for next season. But don't count her out completely.
Several American women have returned to competitive swimming after giving birth, not to mention athletes in just about every other sport. A U.S. coach told me in 2012 that he thinks female swimmers' bodies are even better suited for competition after giving birth. I never verified that with doctors, but if he's right, who knows what Vollmer could accomplish in Rio.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal21 days ago
The U.S. women's gymnastics team is missing many of its stars at the World Championships, but that didn't stop it from dominating the team competition. The ladies won their second straight world gold medal in record fashion.
The American women combined for 179.28 points, beating second-place China by 6.693. It was the largest margin of victory in the World Championships or Olympics since the new scoring system was implemented in 2006. Russia took home the bronze.
Simone Biles, Kyla Ross, Alyssa Baumann, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner competed in Nanning, China, while injuries kept many of Team USA's best gymnasts at home. As reported by NBC Sports:
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal23 days ago
USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, following Phelps' arrest last week in Baltimore for DUI.
Phelps, suspended for violations of USA Swimming's code of conduct, will be eligible to swim again in sanctioned competition on March 6, 2015. Phelps will receive no funding during that time.
This was Phelps' second arrest for driving while intoxicated, the first coming in 2004. Phelps announced over the weekend that he would be entering a six-week treatment program. In addition, he will not compete at next summer's FINA World Championships in Russia, the preparatory meet for the 2016 Olympics. This is also Phelps' second suspension, following a three-month suspension in 2009 when he was photographed with a marijuana pipe.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal23 days ago
They've only been playing together for about a month, but that was enough time for the U.S. women's basketball team to reach world championship caliber. Surprising no one, Team USA won the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul on Sunday by defeating Spain 77-64.
The team never trailed in the game and held a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
Perhaps it's easy to build team chemistry when four of the five starters played for the same college coach. Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles all played for U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma at UConn, and the fifth starter was world championship newcomer Brittney Griner.
"Whenever you can win a gold medal and it's a tough journey, everyone's happy. I'm definitely proud of this team," Bird told the USA Basketball website. Bird became the first woman to win four medals at the FIBA World Championship. She has three golds and one bronze.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal28 days ago
The International Olympic Committee might not get to decide what city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Apparently, no one wants the honor.
Oslo, Norway, is the latest city to drop its bid, announcing on Wednesday that the government will not financially support it. Cost of the games was estimated to be around $5.4 billion.
That brings the list of dropouts to four, including Lviv, Ukraine (citing political unrest), Stockholm, Sweden (no government support) and Krakow, Poland (referendum vote revealed 70 percent of residents weren't interested).
"It's important to get broad support for such an expensive project and there is not enough to carry through such an expensive project," Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told NRK television. "Without enthusiasm, it's not natural to carry this through."
Before the official bidding period even started, residents in Switzerland and Germany also voted against pursuing bids.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal29 days ago
Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time, has been arrested for DUI in Baltimore, police are reporting. Maryland Transit Authority police arrested Phelps about 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.
“A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone)," the MDTA said in a statement. "The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal1 mth ago
The motto of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, is "Diversity Shines Here," but basketball's governing body is not bending any rules to live up to the creed.
Prior to their first game on Wednesday, members of the Qatari women's basketball team were told they had to remove their white headscarves, which they wear in observance of their Islamic faith, because International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules do not allow “headgear, hair accessories, and jewelry.”
The women chose to forfeit the game instead. On Thursday, they officially withdrew from the tournament prior to their second scheduled game. The competition is the world's second-largest multi-sport competion, with about 9,500 athletes representing 45 countries.
Athletes competing in rowing, badminton and triathalon, have been wearing religious headscarves without incident because those sports' governing bodies allow them. Each sport at the Asian Games has to follow its governing body's regulations. The Qatari team was aware of FIBA's stance regarding hijabs but had hoped FIBA would make an allowance.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal1 mth ago
Team USA defeated Canada 76-51 Monday night in its first exhibition game of the pre-world championship circuit. Leading by four at the half, the U.S. scored 13 points to open the third quarter. Veterans Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen sparked the go-ahead run, and Tina Charles contributed seven points.
Newcomers Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims showed that they're ready to contribute in Turkey, if they make the final cut. Sims hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, giving the U.S. a 57-41 advantage.
"I thought the young guys, when they came in, gave us a lot of energy. They really changed the tempo of the game and we were able to extend our defense a little bit," coach Geno Auriemma told ESPN.