Posted tagged ‘gold medal’

Kurt Angle Busted for HGH

August 16, 2009

A professional wrestler, busted for HGH? Say it ain’t so 🙂

From Yahoo Sports:

Pro wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle has been arrested on charges of possessing a human growth hormone and violating an order of protection in suburban Pittsburgh.

Angle was arrested at about 7:50 a.m. Saturday in a Robinson Township strip mall parking lot. His girlfriend, who said she obtained a protection order about 1 1/2 hours earlier after the two fought Friday night, alleged that he had circled the lot staring at her as she sat in a coffee shop, according to a police affidavit.

Police said they found the human growth hormone Hygetropin in Angle’s car, and the wrestler told them he had a prescription for the drug. He also told officers he had not seen the woman and was looking for a hotel because he was barred from his home.

Angle, 40, was charged with violating the order of protection, harassment, possession of drugs and paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. He posted bail and is scheduled to appear for a hearing Tuesday on the drug and harassment charges and Wednesday on the charge of violating the protection order, a court clerk said.

Angle’s phone number is unlisted. Messages left for attorney Michael Santicola, who has represented him previously, were not immediately returned Sunday.

Olympic Snowboarding Champion Dies in Climbing Accident

May 29, 2009

Karine Ruby, a former Olympic snowboarding champion, died today at the age of 31 in a climbing accident on Mont Blanc.

From the Associated Press:

Ruby was roped to other climbers when she and some members of the group fell into a deep crack in the glacier on the way down the mountain, Chamonix police official Laurent Sayssac said.

A 38-year-old man from the Paris region died in the fall, and a 27-year-old man was evacuated by helicopter with serious injuries and hospitalized, Sayssac added.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon called Ruby an “exceptional sportswoman.”

“Karine incarnated the emergence of snowboarding in France,” Fillon said in a statement. “The people of France will hold on to the memory of her talent and her joie de vivre.”

Legendary NBA Coach Chuck Daly Dies

May 9, 2009

Former basketball coach Chuck Daly, who led the U.S. Dream Team to a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, and the Detroit Pistons to two NBA championships, died today at the age of 78.

From Reuters:

The Hall of Fame coach had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. He died in Jupiter, Florida, with his family at his side.

Daly coached the Pistons to NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. Two years later he directed the Dream Team led by Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley to the gold medal in Barcelona.

The team, which also included Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scott Pippen, David Robinson and John Stockton, is considered by many the greatest basketball team ever assembled.

Daly, affectionately nicknamed “Daddy Rich” by his Pistons players for his dapper suits, compiled a 638-437 record in 14 NBA seasons and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

Kellogg’s Drops Michael Phelps

February 5, 2009

Reports today state that Kellogg’s plans to  let Michael Phelps contract expire at the end of the month.

From Advertising Age:

“We originally built the relationship with Michael, as well as the other Olympic athletes, to support our association with the U.S. Olympic team,” a Kellogg spokeswoman said in a statement. “Michael’s most recent behavior is not consistent with the image of Kellogg. His contract expires at the end of February and we have made a decision not to extend his contract.”

Kellogg also decided not to renew its Olympic Team sponsorship, which expired in December 2008.

Mr. Phelps behavior was the second black eye for Kellogg, which snagged Mr. Phelps after the Olympics, tying him into an exclusive-for-cereal deal, and keeping him off the Wheaties box.

General Mills didn’t have to wait long for its comeuppance. Just three months later, Anderson Cooper raided Mr. Phelps cabinets as part of a “60 Minutes” interview and found a box of Honey Nut Cheerios.

Mr. Phelps also has a lucrative deal with Subway, which has declined to comment on the matter. The chain has a campaign featuring the athlete ready for the airwaves. At this point, the work seems likely to be delayed.

Michael Phelps Image Goes Up in Smoke

February 2, 2009

Sorry, I couldn’t help the headline! Too many plays on words that could be used to describe the new controversial photo surrounding Michael Phelps. 🙂

Last time, it was his close win at the Olympics. Now this. I guess he wasn’t smoking during the Olympics. He’d need to take a break for a snack during the race…

Anyways, the story goes like this. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has acknowledged he engaged in “regrettable” behavior and “demonstrated bad judgment,” after British tabloid News of the World published a photograph of the swimmer smoking from a bong.

I don’t see anything wrong with this but I guess it’s not up to me to decide. Thoughts from anyone?


Credit: News of the World

From Fox News:

A photo of Phelps smoking marijuana out of a bong at a party in November has brought his endorsement career to a crossroads, marketing experts say. And the megabucks that were flowing in could soon go down the drain unless America’s superstar swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, changes his ways.

“It’s certainly not good and it’s a disaster in terms of the near future,” said Robert Tuchman, president of Premiere Corporate Events, a sports entertainment firm. “He’s very unlikely to have new sponsors come on board and endorse him. And there’s the potential for other sponsors to pull the plug on him, using this is an opportunity. He’s going to take a big hit on this.”

Phelps, 23, acknowledged on Sunday that the photo, which first appeared in the tabloid News of the World, was of him, and he cited his age as an excuse for his poor judgment.

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Phelps said. “I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”

From CNN:

Ryan Smith, a sports attorney and BET talk show host, on Monday spoke to John Roberts on CNN’s “American Morning” about how the incident could affect Phelps’ career.

John Roberts: What was your reaction to news of this picture of Michael Phelps surfacing?

Ryan Smith: The thing with Michael Phelps is, he’s not only been an outspoken athlete against drugs so he’s done a lot of testing, he’s been supportive of WADA, which is the World Anti-Doping Agency. But he’s really a guy of high character.

So you look at this, and my first thought was, “What about his endorsement deals? What’s going to happen in those?” A lot of endorsement deals have clauses that say that you can’t do bad actions like this, not only crimes, but just things that you do bad in public could result in the termination of your contract. So he could lose a lot of money on this.

2008: Caylee Anthony, Barack Obama and More…

January 2, 2009

First before I go any further in recapping 2008, I want to say thank you to the more than 275,000 people who have taken the time to stop by, read and leave a comment on my site. When I started this blog back in August, I never thought that I would reach 1,000 readers, much less nearly 300,000! It absolutely blows my mind!!!

As most of you already know, I only blog for fun during the spare time I have before work, after work and after the kids have gone to bed at night. I’m not a professional. I don’t break the news, I just pass along stories that I find of interest and hope to spark discussion amongst those who stop by the site. I did get interviewed by MSNBC for an article that came out this week. That was pretty cool, possibly the highlight of my year!

Judging by the number of people who have visited the site, it seems that a lot of you have many of the same interests that I have, and I appreciate you taking the time to read! 🙂 I have enjoyed reading each and every comment that has been left and every email that has been sent to me @ (I read them all and try to respond to all as well) Feel free to drop a line anytime via email or visit me on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace.

I would  have to say that the  most read stories I have posted this year have been about Casey and Caylee Anthony. This has been a truly sad story from the beginning. The loss of a little girl who none of us knew until July who it seems was taken by her own mother. (Yes, I believe that she did it and more than likely her family knew about it at some point in time).

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: I wish that I never had to cover this story. I wish that Caylee Anthony was still alive, with a loving family, celebrating the holidays. I wish that she had the opportunity to grow up, go to school, get married and start a family of her own. Having a 3 and 1 year old is the greatest experience I’ve had in my life. I can’t understand how anyone would ever harm their own child. It makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE TO ME!

Unfortunately, not all people live with the same morals and values in this life. This has been a tragedy and I hope that closure will come with the trial in 2009 and those who were a part of the death of a sweet, innocent young child, will face the consequences that they deserve.

When I started the blog in August, I thought that I would only be covering politics, music and sports. I went to my fair share of concerts including: Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, LeeAnn Rhimes, Phil Vassar, Lonestar and Luke Bryan. All were great shows and I can’t wait for another lineup of great acts to come through the Bay Area in 2009. Thanks to KRTY for all the great shows at the Rodeo Club! Bring back Phil Vassar!!!! Best show of ’08.

The Olympics took up quite a bit of my time this summer, watching Michael Phelps run for 8 gold medals in Beijing. Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh also dominated Women’s Volleyball again this year (and Misty got her butt slapped by the President) and who can forget the US Dream Team taking home the gold!

The 2008 Presidential race was one for the ages! In the end, Barack Obama defeated his Republican counterpart John McCain in what could be considered a convincing fashion. Saturday Night Live made Tina Fey famous once again for her impressions of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

There’s been a lot more this year that I just don’t have time to mention: TechCrunch Vs. PR, The Economy and much, much more. You can take a look back through the archives and see what has been discussed. I know there has been a lot! Thanks again to everyone who has taken time out of their day to stop by Kreuzer’s Korner. I’ll try to keep you updated, as always, with the news that I find interesting next year!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s to a GREAT 2009!

John Kreuzer