Posted tagged ‘Olympics’

Body Found in Vancouver Believed To Be Andrew Koenig

February 25, 2010

A body that was found by police in Vancouver is believed to be that of missing Growing Pains star Andrew Koenig.

From USA Today:

Vancouver police said the body was discovered about noon Thursday in Stanley Park, a location police have been searching for days since Koenig was reported missing Feb. 18 after he failed to return to California.

Vancouver police have scheduled a 8 p.m. ET press conference at the park with the Koenig family.

From Pop Eater:

Koenig, best known for playing “Boner” on ‘Growing Pains,’ went missing in Vancouver a week ago.

His mother, Judy Levitt Koenig, said recently that she hoped the public’s concern brings him home. “He is much loved and beloved in this world and I just hope he gets that feeling,” she says.

Koenig, 42, was last seen on Feb. 14 and missed his flight out of the Olympic host city two days later, according to a statement from TV host Dave Holmes on Authorities are searching for the actor, who has recently been working as a camera operator on the comedy podcast ‘Never Not Funny.’

X-Games Skier C.R. Johnson Killed in Accident

February 24, 2010

Professional skier C.R. Johnson died today at California’s Squaw Valley while taking a run down a steep chute and hitting his head against a rock.

Very sad news and once again demonstrates how quickly your life can change in an instant.


From ESPN:

Twenty-six-year-old C.R. Johnson was killed today while skiing at Squaw Valley, Calif. According to a statement issued by the resort, the Lake Tahoe native caught an edge on exposed rocks while entering the Light Towers area above the Cornice II lift. He fell through rocks before coming to a rest several hundred yards below the entry. Ski Patrol were on the scene within minutes, but efforts to revive Johnson failed. He was reportedly wearing a helmet.

Lindsey Vonn Wins Gold in Women’s Downhill

February 17, 2010

Lindsey Vonn has won the gold medal in the first women’s Alpine race of the Vancouver Games today.

Congrats Lindsey!

From the New York Times:

Vonn soared down Whistler Mountain, taking the most aggressive line of all the top skiers and defying the pain in her bruised shin. When she flew past the finish line and knocked her American teammate Julia Mancuso from the top spot, Vonn fell on her back and threw her arms in the air.

Her time of 1 minute 44.19 seconds beat Mancuso’s by more than half a second, although she nearly wiped out several times in achieving it. Vonn became the first American woman ever to win the Olympic downhill and she and Mancuso provided the first 1-2 finish for American Alpine skiers since 1984.

Mancuso finished second in 1:44.75 and Elisabeth Georgl of Austria was third in 1:45.65.

Yep! That’s Me Again on TV

February 14, 2010

I got another 3 seconds of fame again today on The Today Show.

We were doing work with a client for a segment on Vancouver, Washington vs. Vancouver BC for the Winter Olympics. Guess what?  I ended up on camera.

Click here to watch the clip. I’m at around 1:04 looking like a goof 🙂

Sorry…you have to sit through at 30 second commercial first…

Olympian Killed in Crash During Luge Training Run

February 12, 2010

Nodar Muaritashvili, a luge athlete from Georgia,  was killed in a crash in training on the Olympic track today at the Whistler Sliding Center.

From the New York Times:

Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled 48 seconds into his run, near the end of the track. According to the speed clock on the broadcast, he was going 143.3 kph — 88 mph — and was propelled over the track wall. He slammed into a steel pole near the finish line.

From the Associated Press:

A men’s luger from the former Soviet republic of Georgia died Friday after a crash during training, an Olympic official with direct knowledge of the situation said. The death cast a shocking pall over the Vancouver Olympics hours before the opening ceremony.

The official told The Associated Press that the International Olympic Committee received confirmation of Nodar Kumaritashvili’s death. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the 21-year-old luger’s family hadn’t been notified yet.

There was no immediate comment from Vancouver organizers, international luge officials or the International Olympic Committee. At the Whistler track, officials said the IOC and VANOC were preparing a joint statement to be released Friday afternoon.

Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center.

From the Los Angeles Times:

With less than an hour to go until the start of opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, NBC telecast a few seconds of video that got the games off to a somber start: The horrifying crash that killed Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili earlier Friday.

Kumaritashvili’s death forced NBC to scramble its coverage of an Olympiad that’s already generated negative headlines for the $250 million the network expects to lose on the games, plus a last-minute shin injury that jeopardizes the medal quest of U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn.

Executives made the decision to air Kumaritashvili’s accident on “NBC Nightly News,” which pointed to safety questions related to some of the Olympic sports.

“We have suffered a tragedy here before competition has even started: and it has laid open a huge underlying tragedy about the inherent danger in some of these sports, and at some of these venues,” NBC anchor Brian Williams wrote earlier today on his blog. “We will talk about that tonight, as our larger package of coverage gets underway.”

Nancy Kerrigan’s Father Dies; Brother Charged With Assault

January 25, 2010

According to the Boston Globe, Mark Kerrigan, the 45-year-old brother of Olympic skating star Nancy Kerrigan, has been charged with assaulting their father who was found  unresponsive in his home and later died.

Crazy! Much worse than the fiasco with Tonya Harding back in the 90’s.

From the Boston Globe:

The brother of Olympics skating star Nancy Kerrigan was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail today, charged with assaulting their father who was found unresponsive in his Stoneham home early Sunday morning and later died, authorities said.

“He [Mark Kerrigan] stated that he wanted to use the phone and his father would not let him,” according to a Stoneham police report filed in court.”He said that he struggled with his father and put his hands around his father’s neck and his father fell to the floor. He said that his father was faking it.”

The death of 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan remains under investigation, and police said this morning that his son, 45-year-old Mark D. Kerrigan, has not been charged with murder. The cause of death for the elder Kerrigan is undetermined pending an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office.

Mark Kerrigan pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. He was described by his attorney as an unemployed plumber, and an Army veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who regularly receives counseling.

Rio de Janeiro Awarded 2016 Olympic Games

October 2, 2009

For the first time in history, the Olympics have been awarded to a South American city as just a few moments ago, the International Olympic Committee voted Rio de Janeiro as the host of the 2016 Games.

From the New York Times:

Rio de Janeiro was voted the winner over Madrid in the final round of voting, the I.O.C. having already delivered the an unexpectedly early knockout blow to Chicago, which was eliminated in the first round. Tokyo was ousted in the second.

I.O.C. president Jacques Rogge made the announcement the send crowds in Rio de Janeiro into celebration.

Tens of thousands of people began partying early in Rio on the Copacabana beach. Musicians played samba music from a main stage flanked by large screens, as people danced, held towering cones of cotton candy, and showed off the national colors of Brazil by donning yellow and green wigs or skimpy yellow and green bikinis. A big beach ball bounced around the crowd, marked with the words: “It’s Rio’s time.”