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Tiger Woods Voted Athlete of the Decade

December 16, 2009

I’m guessing votes were tabulated prior to his recent “transgressions”.

Or, maybe they actually looked at his on the course achievements, rather than what he has done off the course.

From the Associated Press:

He won 64 times around the world, including 12 majors, and hoisted a trophy on every continent golf is played. He lost only one time with the lead going into the final round. His 56 PGA Tour victories in one incomparable decade were more than anyone except four of golf’s greatest players won in their careers.

Woods was selected Wednesday as the Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press in a vote that was more about 10 years of performance than nearly three weeks of salacious headlines.

Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. More than half of the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity.

Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, finished second with 33 votes. He was followed by Roger Federer, who won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man, with 25 votes.

Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps came in fourth with 13 votes, followed by New England quarterback Tom Brady (6) and sprinter Usain Bolt (4).

Five other athletes received one vote apiece.

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US Men’s Volleyball Takes Home the Gold

August 24, 2008

In what could possibly be the greatest story coming out of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (sorry Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt), the US Men’s Volleyball team defeated defending champion Brazil today to take home the gold medal.

Associated Press/Andy Wong

Credit: Associated Press/Andy Wong

From the Associated Press:

As the crowd roared and his team exulted in its gold medals, the coach of the U.S. men’s volleyball team buried his head in his hands and walked off the court. He had gone from the lowest low to the highest high, and it was all too much.

Hugh McCutcheon needed to be alone.

Just two weeks ago, at the start of the Olympics, his father-in-law had been stabbed to death in Beijing. He stepped away from his job to take care of his family. But his team, stirred by the tragedy, began an incredible run, ending Sunday with a 3-1 victory over defending champion Brazil — a team that they were never expected to beat.

In two weeks of competition, the Americans were undefeated. The 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 final gave the U.S. men their third Olympic gold medal in the sport, matching the record set by the Russians. Top-ranked Brazil, a two-time gold medalist, was left with the silver medal. Russia won the bronze earlier in the day with a three-set victory over Italy.

Usually, the Olympic focus is on the athletes. But the tragedy endured by this coach was an integral part of his team’s story.

This run by Team USA was a;mazing to watch and is just an amazing achievement for a team who was not expected to win gold. Thoughts?

Jamaica Runs to Easy Victory in 400 Meter Relay

August 22, 2008

Three races, three gold medals and three world records. Usain Bolt has been a major story at this year’s Olympics and if it weren’t for Michael Phelps, would probably have been the story at the Olympics.

Thomas Kienzle / AP

Credit: Thomas Kienzle / AP

From the Associated Press:

Asafa Powell took the baton from Bolt and did the honors in the anchor leg of the men’s 400-meter relay Friday, finishing the race in 37.10 seconds to shatter a 16-year-old mark and bring yet another gold medal home to Jamaica.

Bolt also became only the fourth man, and the first since Carl Lewis in 1984, to win all three Olympic sprint events.

His three gold medals are exceeded in these games only by the record eight for American swimmer Michael Phelps. British cyclist Chris Hoy and Chinese gymnast Zou Kai of China also won three.

Bolt got to share his final chapter with Powell, who held the world record in the 100 for about three years before Bolt took it over in May — then broke it again last Saturday in a hot-dogging 9.69 seconds at the Bird’s Nest.

After finishing fifth in the last two Olympic 100s, Powell had the reputation as a great runner who couldn’t handle pressure.

By the time he took the handoff from Bolt, his first Olympic medal was secure. It was a only a matter of chasing history. Just as Bolt had done when he ran 19.30 in the 200 to break Michael Johnson’s mark, Powell drove hard to the finish, leaning at the line, and then looked at the clock: 37.10.

What a great race and another world record for the fastest man in the world: Usain Bolt. He has had a wonderful Olympics now let’s see what he does for an encore in London in 2012.

“Lightning” Bolt Strikes Again; Usain Bolt Wins Again

August 21, 2008

First the 100 and now the 200-meter dash. Usain Bolt has done it again in winning the 200-meter dash today in a lightning quick 19.30 seconds to break Michael Johnson’s 12-year-old world record.AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Associated Press/Itsuo Inouye

Credit: Associated Press/Itsuo Inouye

From the Associated Press:

Bolt became the first man to win the 100-200 double at the Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man to hold both records simultaneously since Donald Quarrie – the 1970s Jamaican star whom Bolt said he always wanted to pattern his running after.

He gets mentioned in the same breath with Johnson, as well as Jesse Owens and any of the other six men to complete the Olympic 100-200 double. Nobody other than Johnson had ever run a 200 in under 19.6 and nobody had broken 9.7 in the 100 before Beijing.

Arms churning high, face twisted in pain as he sprinted toward the finish line, Usain Bolt kept glancing at the clock.

Tyson Gay Fails to Reach 100-Meters Final

August 16, 2008

Tyson Gay finished in fifth place in his semifinal heat, therefore not making the finals of the 100-meter dash.

From the New York Times:

Tyson Gay, the defending world champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, did not advance out of the semifinals of the 100 in the Olympics on Saturday night, finishing fifth in his heat, just 0.02 seconds behind his fellow American Darvis Patton.

That cost Gay a spot in one of the most anticipated Olympic finals of all time, now set up as a showdown between the Jamaicans Usain Bolt, who is the world-record holder, and Asafa Powell.

Unfortunately for Gay, he was injured trying to qualify for the 200-meter in the US Olympic trials and had not raced since. Although Gay said his hamstring felt fine coming into Beijing,  missing six weeks of training clearly was an issue in his performance. Thoughts?

Usain Bolt Wins Gold in 100 Meter Finals

August 16, 2008

Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the gold medal today in the 100-meter dash, setting a new world record of 9.69 seconds. The silver went to Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago while the bronze went to Walter Dix of the United States.

From the New York Times:

Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who has crashed the international sprint scene this year, obliterated his own world record by winning the gold medal in the 100 meters in theatrical fashion Saturday night at the Beijing Olympics.

Starting in Lane 4, Bolt had an average start but blew away the field in the final 50 meters, spreading his arms with three strides to go and pounding his chest before crossing the line in 9.69 seconds. If he had held his form through the tape, he might have run under 9.6.

Next for Bolt is the 200 meters, in which he will be even more of a prohibitive favorite. Carl Lewis was the last sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 in the same Games, at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

American Tyson Gay finished fifth in his semifinal heat and did not qualify for the finals. It’s hard to imagine that the World Record is now under 9.7 seconds! Thoughts?