- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal10 days ago
Michael Phelps turned in his worst performance since the 2000 Olympics over the weekend. He placed third, seventh, ninth, ninth, and 11th in his five events at a Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to NBC, it was the first time Phelps has not placed first or second in any events at a single meet since the 2000 Olympics. Failing to make the final heats in the 100m free or 200m individual medley, he told media at the event that he missed swimming against his usual rivals.
“What I want most is to be racing the competition I need to be racing,” Phelps said. “Not taking away anything from the B heat, but I want to race Ryan [Lochte] and those guys.”
Phelps said he was frustrated, that he felt like his legs weren’t connected to his upper body, his dolphin kicks were “horrendous,” his freestyle stroke was “pretty garbage” and that he had to reassess “a bunch of stuff.”
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal11 days ago
After a year off from competition, three-time world champion Mao Asada announced Monday morning that she's coming back to the sport.
''As time passed, I realized that I missed competing and wanted the sense of fulfillment again,'' she said. ''I'm practicing every day to get back into competitive form again.''
The Japanese skater captured silver in Vancouver in 2010. She finished sixth in Sochi.
Asada would have been the heavy favorite in 2006. Only 15 years old at the time, though, she missed the Olympic age cut-off by less than a month. By 2010 there was no stopping South Korea's Kim Yuna, who won in Vancouver by a margin of more than 20 points.
Despite the final score, Asada remains the only woman to land three triple-axels in a single competition.At the 2014 World Championships, she set a new world record for ladies' short program score.
Asada, 24, said she hasn't yet thought about the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal14 days ago
When your dad's an Olympic gold medalist, nothing is typical. Not even the simple act of pulling out a loose tooth.
Former decathlete Bryan Clay, who gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, made sure daughter Ellie will never forget losing her tooth. He tied one end of a string to a javelin, the other to her tooth. The rest is fairily self explanatory.
If you're squemish, maybe don't watch this video. Ellie looks slightly terrified at first, but then she smiles and say "bye" to the tooth.
The best part is that Ellie didn't even seem to feel it. After her dad tossed it, her mom asks if it came out.
"It did!" she says, seeming just as surprised as everyone else as she touches her finger to the gap where her tooth used to be.
Like everything posted online, the video drew some criticism.
There's controversy over how @bryanclay pulling his daughters tooth with a javelin? He didn't force her! She was ok with it! Stop trippin!
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal15 days ago
So here's a one-of-a-kind Olympic collectible: the gargantuan Olympic rings that hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia during the 2000 Games have just sold for about $17,000.
Measuring, when assembled, 229 feet by 131 feet and weighing about 55 tons, the rings had been languishing in 40 pieces in a warehouse near Sydney for the last 15 years. The warehouse's new owner found the rings, abandoned and apparently forgotten, once he bought the property.
He listed the rings on ebay and attracted 17 bids, topping out at $17,000. The winning buyer "was having a bit of a chuckle and wasn't too sure what he was going to do,"said Bernard Maas, owner of the warehouse. This sounds like it could be the mother of all "what the heck, let's see what happens" ebay bids. Those rings would look great stacked around someone's house, right?
Australia is considering another bid for the Summer Games in 2028, with Queensland a possible hosting destination.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal16 days ago
The entire U.S. men's 4x100m relay team is being stripped of its 2012 Olympic silver medal, the Associated Press reports.
Team member Tyson Gay, who ran the third leg of the relay, failed drug tests in the summer of 2013. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency later said Gay first used a prohibited substance on July 15, 2012, less than three weeks before the start of the London Games.
All of Gay's results from London were disqualified, as well as those from other events, and he was suspended until July 2014. Gay holds the record for the fastest 100m by an American, clocking in at 9.69 records. He competed in the Beijing Olympics but did not win an invididual medal, his performance hampered by a hamstring injury.
Gay turned in his silver medal for the relay to the U.S. Olympic Committee last year. Now, Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeff Demps (the former NFL running back), and Doc Patton will have to do the same. Six medals were awarded because Demps and Patton ran in a preliminary heat.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal24 days ago
Keeping track of 2008 Olympic gymnastics all-around champion Nastia Liukin is turning into an Olympic sport all its own.
Indy 500 officials have announced that Liukin will be the grand marshal at this year's race, scheduled for May 24.
The five-time medalist is also currently in the final six on "Dancing with the Stars," and finishing up her junior year at New York University. Oh, and she's an NBC Olympics analyst. Does she ever sleep?
At the Indy 500, Liukin will be part of the Snake Pit Ball on May 23. On race day, she'll kick things off with a parade loop around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and be introduced to the crowd.
"I have very fond memories of competing and performing in Indianapolis, and I will actually be back again in August for the P&G Gymnastics Championships," Liukin told the Indianapolis Star "I'm really honored to be the Grand Marshal for this year's Indianapolis 500. It will be so exciting to witness 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' - I can't wait!"
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal1 mth ago
With their ice dance partners looking on, Olympic medalists Charlie White and Tanith Belbin tied the knot on Saturday night.
White and partner Meryl Davis captured the gold medal in 2014 and silver in 2010. They were the first Americans to win gold in Olympic ice dancing. Belbin captured silver with partner Ben Agosto in 2006, at the time the first American pair to medal in 30 years.
Both couples trained in Detroit, Michigan. They knew each other for more than a decade before White, 27, and Belbin, 30, started dating in 2009.
"She was the most beautiful girl at the rink," White told People. "I think probably every guy had a crush on her."
They married in front of about 130 family and friends, with Davis and fellow former ice dancer Lauren Fenft in the bridal party.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal1 mth ago
Michael Phelps' long-time coach, Bob Bowman, just accepted the job as head coach of the Arizona State swimming team, Swimming World reports.
It's exciting news for the ASU swimmers, considering Bowman is the man who helped prep Phelps for his 22 Olympic-medal-winning performances, including 18 golds.
It also means Phelps will most likely be moving to Tempe, Ariz., to train for the Rio Olympics, just as he moved to Michigan to train while Bowman was the head coach at Michigan State between the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
For the majority of their partnership, Bowman has coached Phelps and others, including five-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt near, Phelps' hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Phelps has continued to train with Bowman throughout the swimmer's six-month suspension from USA Swimming. He was suspended in October for violating the organization's code of conduct for being pulled over while driving under the influence. At the time, he agreed to enter a six-week treatment program.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal1 mth ago
Kerri Walsh Jennings is ready to win Olympic gold in 2016. More than a year out, she’s already talking about it as a done deal, confident that she and her partner will stand at the top of the podium in Brazil.
“When I started pre-season training this year, the hunger, it’s fully back,” Walsh Jennings told Yahoo Sports over lunch on Wednesday. “We want to be the best, without hesitation. We want everyone to know that we’re the best.”
It’s easy to understand such confidence from a woman who’s claimed the last three Olympic gold medals in women's beach volleyball, a sport that has only awarded five gold medals overall since being added in 1996. What’s strange is seeing her say it while sitting next to someone other than longtime partner Misty May-Treanor.
In 2016, for the first time, Walsh Jennings will pursue gold with a different partner, April Ross.
Ross is one of the women Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor defeated in the gold-medal match in London. She and former partner Jen Kessy had plenty of success of their own, yet Ross hardly has the name recognition of Walsh Jennings or May-Treanor among casual Olympics fans. Few female athletes do.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal4 mths ago
Lindsey Vonn broke a 35-year-old record Monday, officially claiming the title of winningest female World Cup skier in history. And she did so with the surprise support of a guy who knows a thing or two about historic wins.
Vonn won the super-G at Cortina D'Ampezzo in Italy on Monday, marking her 63rd World Cup victory and passing Annemarie Moser-Proell for most women's World Cup wins all-time. Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden holds the men's record with 86 World Cup wins.
Vonn's victory comes just one day after she tied the record, and marks a triumphant return to the top of the skiing world after two injury-riddled years that cost her a berth in the Sochi Games.
Vonn's beau, one Tiger Woods, was present in Italy, having flown in to surprise Vonn. Woods spent much of the time in "disguise" wearing a skull-decorated facemask: