Saturday, September 29, 2007
Reser, a gold medalist at the Pan American Games, was defeated by Austria’s Christoph Stangl in the 160.9-pound division. He was eliminated when Stangl, a bronze medalist at the Super World Cup in Moscow, lost to Slovenia’s Saso Jereb.
On Friday, OTC resident Josh O’Neil lost in the second round of the 132.2-pound division to Russia’s Ruslan Kishmakov. His win came against Armenia’s Artur Srapyan.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Olympic Training Center judo player Josh O’Neil dropped a second-round match today at the Super World Cup in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Competing in the 132.2-pound division, O’Neil defeated Armenia’s Artur Srapyan, then lost to Russia’s Ruslan Kishmakov, the reigning European champion, in the second round. O’Neil was eliminated when Kishmakov lost to Hungary’s Laszlo Burjan in the next round.
OTC resident Ryan Reser, a gold medalist at the Pan American Games, will compete Saturday at 160.9 pounds. When Reser fought in Rotterdam last year, he won a silver medal at an A-level World Cup.
Springs modern pentathletes finish at junior worlds
Two Colorado Springs residents competed Thursday in the finals of the Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Margaux Isaksen scored 5,128 points to finish in 18th place in the girls division. She had 1,192 points in the swimming competition and 1,116 points in the bike ride.
On the boys side, Sam Sacksen totaled 4,704 points for a 33rd-place finish. He had 1,288 points in the swim and 1,132 points in the shoot.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The 37-year-old former Olympic Training Center resident announced today that he has started preparing for the 2008 Beijing Games in the Greco-Roman 132-pound division. He hasn’t wrestled in a competitive match since January 2005.
“I am a little bit disappointed I didn’t medal at the Olympics,” said Gruenwald, who placed sixth at the 2000 Sydney Games and 10th at the 2004 Athens Games. “I would like some hardware from the big show. That’s the one event that separates the good wrestlers from the great wrestlers, and I would like another shot at that.”
The first competition for Gruenwald, an assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan, will be the Sunkist Kids International Open next month in Chandler, Ariz.
The U.S. has three chances to qualify the Greco-Roman 132-pound weight class for Beijing, starting with the Pan American Championships, which are Feb. 29 to March 2 in Colorado Springs. The U.S. Olympic team trials are June 13-15 in Las Vegas.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Casey Burgener, a silver medalist at the Pan American Games, lifted 881.8 pounds for 11th place in the men’s 231.4-plus-pound division. He had a top snatch of 401.2 pounds and a clean and jerk of 480.6 pounds.
Also competing at 231.4-plus pounds, Zach Schluender had an 815.6-pound lift for 19th place. He set personal records with a snatch of 374.7 pounds and a clean and jerk of 440.9 pounds.
Two-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth overcame a nagging back injury to finish 12th in the women’s 165.3-plus-pound division. She lifted 551.1 pounds, with a snatch of 242.5 pounds and a clean and jerk of 308.6 pounds.
Pan American Games silver medalist Emmy Vargas took 16th place at 165.3-plus pounds after lifting 520.2 pounds. She had a snatch of 220.4 pounds and a clean and jerk of 299.8 pounds.
The women’s national team qualified all four spots for the 2008 Beijing Games and the men’s national team qualified three Olympic spots. The U.S. Olympic team trials will be held May 16-17 in Atlanta.
Springs modern pentathletes alive at junior worlds
Two Colorado Springs residents will compete Thursday in the finals of the Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Margaux Isaksen scored 4,224 points today to win her girls group semifinal. She was most efficient in the swim and the shooting competition.
On the boys side, Sam Sacksen totaled 4,228 points to finish 12th in his group semifinal. Like Isaksen, Sacksen totaled the most points in the swim and the shoot.
Springs trio heads to cycling nationals
Three Colorado Springs riders will compete Oct. 3-6 at the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships in Carson, Calif.
Michael Blatchford won a gold medal in the men’s sprint at the Pan American Road and Track Championships in May in Venezuela. He has been named to the USA Cycling track talent pool, meaning he’s a candidate to compete in high-level international competitions, such as the Olympics.
Michael Creed is coming off an 11th-place finish in a Pennsylvania stage race. His last win in a USA Cycling event came at the 2004 Cascade Cycling Classic in Oregon.
Olympian Giddeon Massie won the men’s sprint and the 250-meter time trial at the 2006 national championships. He’s a two-time world championships team member and a two-time Pan American champion in the keirin.
OTC rifle shooters ready for last World Cup
Two Olympic Training Center residents are headed to the Rifle/Pistol World Cup Final, which is Oct. 6-7 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Matt Emmons, a gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Games, will compete in 50m rifle 3-position, 50m rifle prone and 10m air rifle. He’s third in the World Cup standings in 50m rifle 3-position and 50m rifle prone and seventh in 10m air rifle.
Jamie Beyerle, a gold medalist at the Pan American Games, will compete in 10m air rifle. She’s fifth in the World Cup standings in 10m air rifle and 12th in 50m rifle 3-position.
Vairo to speak at Hockey Hall of Fame dinner
Colorado Springs resident Lou Vairo will be the featured speaker Oct. 12 at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction dinner in Grand Forks, N.D.
Vairo, the director of special projects for Colorado Springs-based USA Hockey, was coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team and an assistant to the late Herb Brooks on the team that won a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
He spent five years as coach of the U.S. men’s national team and four years as coach of the U.S. men’s junior national team. He also was an assistant with the New Jersey Devils for two seasons.
USADA gets new general counsel
William Bock III has been named general counsel for the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Bock will work under Travis Tygart, who replaced Terry Madden this month as chief executive officer. He has served as an outside counsel to USADA the past seven years and has represented the agency in prosecutions of athletes accused of doping.
“Performance-enhancing drugs strip athletic competition of the thrill of victory and add shame and serious potential health risks to the sting of defeat,” said Bock, a partner at an Indianapolis law firm. “I look forward to this new opportunity to support USADA’s mission of protecting clean athletes and promoting pure competition.”
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Fullhart lifted 465.1 pounds. She had a top snatch of 222.6 pounds and a clean and jerk of 242.5 pounds.
Her 18th-place finish, coupled with top-20 finishes Monday by Colorado Springs residents Natalie Woolfolk and Carissa Gump at 138.8 pounds, positions the U.S. women's national team to qualify all four spots for the 2008 Beijing Games.
On Wednesday, four Colorado Springs weightlifters will compete: Two-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth and Pan American Games silver medalist Emmy Vargas at 165.3-plus pounds and Casey Burgener, also a Pan American Games silver medalist, and Zach Schluender at 231.4-plus pounds.
Springs figure skaters head to Croatia
Three Colorado Springs residents will compete Thursday through Sunday at a Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series stop in Zagreb, Croatia.
In the ladies short program, Alexe Gilles is coming off a runner-up finish at this year's first JGP event in Lake Placid, N.Y. She took fifth in the junior division of the U.S. Championships.
Austin Kanallakan, competing in the men's short program, also won a silver medal in Lake Placid. He won gold medals last year at JGP stops in Norway and France.
Rachel Tibbetts will join Chicago's Collin Brubaker in the ice dancing competition. Tibbetts and Brubaker placed fifth in their lone JGP appearance in Romania.
Air Academy teacher begins Vegas hockey tourney
Colorado Springs resident James Risenhoover is part of a team that will begin competition Friday at the USA Hockey InLine Cup in Las Vegas.
Risenhoover went 9-6 with a 3.33 goals-against average and an .821 save percentage in 15 games this year with the Parker Prowlers of the Professional Inline Hockey Association. He's a physical education teacher at Air Academy High School.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Natalie Woolfolk, a bronze medalist at the Pan American Games, took 14th place with a total of 462.9 pounds. She had a top snatch of 218.2 pounds and a clean and jerk of 244.7 pounds.
After missing last year's world championships because of an injury, Carissa Gump placed 16th with a 449.7-pound total. She posted a snatch of 191.8 pounds and a clean and jerk of 257.9 pounds.
The results of the world championships, combined with the results of the 2006 world championships and a Pan American qualification event April 22-26 in Lima, Peru, will determine the size of the U.S. squad for the 2008 Beijing Games.
Colorado Springs weightlifter Doreen Fullhart will compete Tuesday in the 165.3-pound division. On Wednesday, four Colorado Springs weightlifters will compete: Two-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth and Pan American Games silver medalist Emmy Vargas at 165.3-plus pounds and Casey Burgener, also a Pan American Games silver medalist, and Zach Schluender at 231.4-plus pounds.
Pair of OTC wrestlers win medals
Two Olympic Training Center residents won medals Sunday in the women’s freestyle competition at the World Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Kristie Marano won her fifth world silver medal, dropping a 3-0, 3-0 decision to 2006 world champion Stanka Zlateva of Bulgaria in the 158.5-pound gold-medal match. Her nine world medals ties the U.S. record held by Bruce Baumgartner.
Katie Downing won her second world bronze medal, beating Japan’s Yoshiko Inoue 1-0, 1-1, 1-0 in the 147.5-pound bronze-medal match. She lost to China’s Ruixue Jing 2-0, 2-0 in the semifinals.
Asked about the record, Marano said, “I didn’t know that. But (Baumgartner) was pretty good, so it’s definitely a good accomplishment. It’s not the medal I wanted, but it’s still a medal, and that’s good.”
Said Downing: “It’s disappointing because I came here for gold. But bronze is probably better than silver because you get that chance to rectify your situation.”
Aided by Sara McMann’s bronze medal at 138.75 pounds, the U.S. finished fifth. Japan won the team title and was followed by Kazakhstan, Ukraine and China.
The U.S. has qualified three weight classes – 105.5, 138.75 and 158.5 pounds – for the Beijing Games. It has three more chances to qualify the 121-pound weight class, starting with the Pan American Championships, which are Feb. 29 to March 2 in Colorado Springs.
OTC resident takes 9th at judo World Cup
OTC judo player Josh O’Neil placed ninth Saturday in the 132.3-pound division of a World Cup in Birmingham, England.
O’Neil was pinned by 2005 world champion Craig Fallon of England in his first-round match, then rallied to beat Spain’s Javier Fernandez in the repechage round. He was eliminated by Russia’s Dzheykhun Eyyubov.
OTC resident Ryan Reser, a gold medalist at the Pan American Games, won his 160.9-pound opener against China’s Rongrong Shi before losing to Poland’s Krzystof Wilkomirski in overtime. He was eliminated when Wilkomirski lost in the next round.
Blount, Thompson win at shooting junior nationals
Emily Blount and Frank Thompson won skeet titles Saturday at the USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships at Fort Carson.
Blount, the world clay target champion in junior women's skeet, beat Caitlin Connor and Amber English with 137 targets. Thompson had 143 targets, edging Jon McGrath and Thomas Bayer.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Jenny Wong, a replacement for the injured Patricia Miranda, lost to Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kohut 1-0, 3-2 at 112.25 pounds. She was eliminated when Kohut lost in the semifinals.
In her first world championships appearance, Marcie Van Dusen (121 pounds) won back-to-back matches against Italy’s Sabrina Esposito and Venezuela’s Marcia Andrade before dropping a 7-0, 2-0 decision to Ukraine’s Tetyana Lazareva. She was knocked out of the tournament when Lazareva fell in the semifinals.
Leigh Jaynes, a member of the World Class Athlete Program at Fort Carson, lost to Japan’s Ayako Shoda 1-1, 1-0 at 130 pounds. She was eliminated when Shoda, the defending world champion, was upset by Ukraine’s Nataliya Synyshyn in the quarterfinals.
“I don’t think we’re taking control enough,” said Terry Steiner, coach of the U.S. national women’s freestyle team. “We’re hoping things happen, but we’re not making things happen. We’re not putting ourselves in scoring situations. We’re leaving matches too technical and too tactical, and they don’t have to be like that.”
Van Dusen has three more chances to qualify her weight class for the 2008 Beijing Games, starting with the Pan American Championships, which are Feb. 29 to March 2 in Colorado Springs. Wong and Jaynes are in non-Olympic weight classes. Colorado Springs wrestler Stephanie Murata qualified the 105.5-pound division Friday with a fifth-place finish.
Two Colorado Springs wrestlers will compete Sunday in women’s freestyle. Two-time world champion Kristie Marano will wrestle at 158.5 pounds and Katie Downing, a bronze medalist at the 2005 world championships, will wrestle at 147.5 pounds.
OTC residents head to judo World Cup
Two Olympic Training Center judo players are part of a seven-person U.S. team that’s competing this weekend at a World Cup in Birmingham, England.
Ryan Reser, a gold medalist at the Pan American Games, is coming off a first-round loss at the World Judo Championships. He’ll face stiff competition at 160.9 pounds from the Netherlands’ Bryan van Dijk, Italy’s Marco Maddaloni and Belgium’s Dirk van Tichelt.
Josh O’Neil placed fifth last month at the International German Championships and first this month at the Fall Classic National Championships. He’ll likely be challenged at 132.3 pounds by Slovenia’s Rok Draksic, England’s Craig Fallon and Spain’s Kenji Uematsu.
Shooting junior nationals conclude at Fort Carson
The men’s and women’s skeet finals of the USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships will be held today at Fort Carson.
On Tuesday, Richard Valdez and Miranda Wilder won trap titles. Jared Fodor won the men’s double trap title Wednesday with 179 targets.
Friedman selected to track talent pool
Colorado Springs cyclist Michael Friedman has been named to the USA Cycling track talent pool, meaning he’s a candidate to compete in high-level international events, including the Olympics.
Friedman, sponsored by Slipstream/Chipotle, was a coaches’ selection to the three-person men’s endurance squad, which includes Boulder’s Colby Pearce and Brad Huff of Fair Grove, Mo.
A look at Friedman’s potential schedule:
First World Cup, Sydney, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2
Second World Cup, Beijing, Dec. 7-9
Third World Cup, Los Angeles, Jan. 18-20
Fourth World Cup, Ballerup, Denmark, Feb. 15-17
2008 Elite Track World Championships, Manchester, England, March 27-30
2008 Continental Championships, TBD
2008 Beijing Games, Aug. 15-19
Figure skating TV schedule released
U.S. Figure Skating has announced its broadcast schedule for the 2007-08 season. All events will air on NBC.
A look at the schedule:
2007 Skate America, Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m.
2008 U.S. Championships, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5-8 p.m.; Jan. 27, 1-3 p.m.
2008 Skating Spectacular, Feb. 3, TBD
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Vering lost to Russia's Aleksey Mishin 4-0, 4-0 in the finals after winning five straight matches. The top-eight finish qualified the U.S. for the 2008 Beijing Games at 185 pounds.
"Ever since last year when I didn't make the world team, I sat down with my coaches and knew I needed to make some changes or this was going to be a rough way to end my career," Vering said. "I've made some positive changes and started scoring a lot more points and getting stronger. I feel really good right now, and I'm excited about what is coming up next year with the Olympic year."
Colorado Springs residents T.C. Dantzler (163 pounds) and Justin Ruiz (211.5) did not log top-eight finishes. They'll have three more chances to qualify their weight classes for Beijing, starting with the Pan American Championships, which are Feb. 29 to March 2, 2008, in Colorado Springs.
In the final Greco-Roman weight class, Colorado Springs resident Dremiel Byers will wrestle Wednesday at 264.5 pounds. Also Wednesday, Colorado Springs resident Henry Cejudo will wrestle in the men's freestyle competition at 121 pounds.
First winners decided at shooting junior nationals
The trap winners of the USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships were crowned at Fort Carson.
In the men's competition, Richard Valdez beat Matthew Gossett and Josh Cresswell with 140 targets. Miranda Wilder won the women's division with 134 targets, edging Stephanie Martinago and Kayle Browning.
A look at the national championships schedule:
Wednesday: Men's double trap finals
Thursday: Men's and women's skeet training
Friday: Men's and women's skeet preliminary rounds
Saturday: Men's and women's skeet finals
Curling trials coming to Broomfield
The U.S. Olympic team trials in curling will be held in Broomfield in 2009.
The U.S. Curling Association announced that it selected a bid by the Metro Denver Sports Commission over finalists Bismarck, N.D., and Rochester, N.Y. Other cities that submitted bids were Milwaukee and Fairbanks, Alaska.
Twenty teams will compete in the trials Feb. 21-28, 2009, at the Broomfield Event Center, with the top teams advancing to the 2010 Vancouver Games. The event will double as the 2009 national championships, a qualifier for that year's world championships.
Sled hockey team to begin Springs camp
The U.S. national sled hockey team will hold a training camp Wednesday through Sunday at World Arena.
The 17-person team, coached by Olympian Keith Blase, is preparing for its upcoming season. It opens with a three-game exhibition series against Canada in November in Park City, Utah, and will compete in a tournament in Japan in January. The Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship is March 26 to April 6, 2008, in Marlborough, Mass.
A look at the training camp schedule:
Wednesday: 10-11:15 p.m.
Thursday: 5-7 p.m.
Friday: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2:15-4:15 p.m., 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Sunday: 6:45-8:15 a.m.
Pate heading to cycling worlds
Colorado Springs cyclist Danny Pate will compete Sept. 26-30 at the Road World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Pate, sponsored by Slipstream/Chipotle, is coming off a 13th-place finish in the Tour of Missouri, a 563-mile stage race that's part of the USA Cycling Pro Tour.
He'll be joined at the world championships by seven other elite men's riders on a 166-mile course. The U.S. team also includes eight elite women's cyclists and six under-23 men's cyclists.
Downs co-captain of boxing team
Fort Carson solider Christopher Downs has been named a captain of the U.S. Olympic boxing team, which began practice Monday at the Olympic Training Center.
Downs, a 32-year-old member of the World Class Athlete Program who has served in Iraq, is the 178-pound light-heavyweight national champion, and co-captain Luis Yanez, of Duncanville, Texas, is the 106-pound light-flyweight national champ.
Members of the 11-person team are part of the OTC's first boxing resident program since the early 1980s. They will attempt to qualify for Beijing at the World Championships, scheduled for Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 in Chicago.
A look at the Olympic team:
Light-flyweight: Luis Yanez, Duncanville, Texas
Flyweight: Rau'shee Warren, Cincinnati
Bantamweight: Gary Russell Jr., Capitol Heights, Md.
Featherweight: Raynell Williams, Cleveland
Lightweight: Sadam Ali, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Light-welterweight: Javier Molina, Commerce, Calif.
Welterweight: Demetrius Andrade, Providence, R.I.
Middleweight: Shawn Estrada, Downey, Calif.
Light-heavyweight: Christopher Downs, Knoxville, Tenn.
Heavyweight: Deontay Wilder, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Super-heavyweight: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas
Monday, September 17, 2007
Softball will be contested at the Olympics next year in Beijing. The International Olympic Committee voted in 2005 to drop softball and baseball from the 2012 London Games, although there's talk of bringing back softball in 2016.
"Our hands are a little bit tied. We can only do so much," Candrea told reporters on a conference call announcing the naming of the 18-person national team. "It's going to take a break here and there to get the votes to sway a different direction. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen."
The U.S. has won three gold medals in as many tries since softball debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Games. It went 9-0 at the 2004 Athens Games, outscoring opponents 51-1 and setting 16 Olympic records.
The national team features 12 members of the 2004 squad, including three-time Olympians Laura Berg and Lisa Fernandez. A 40-city U.S. tour will begin in February, and the 15-person Olympic team will be selected by July 1, 2008.
A look at the national team:
Monica Abbott, Salinas, Calif.
Laura Berg, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Crystl Bustos, Canyon Country, Calif.
Andrea Duran, Selma, Calif.
Lisa Fernandez, Long Beach, Calif.
Jennie Finch, La Mirada, Calif.
Tairia Flowers, Tucson, Ariz.
Vicky Galindo, Union City, Calif.
Alicia Hollowell, Suisun, Calif.
Lovieanne Jung, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Kelly Kretschman, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Lauren Lappin, Anaheim, Calif.
Caitlin Lowe, Tustin, Calif.
Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo, Calif.
Stacey Nuveman, La Verne, Calif.
Cat Osterman, Houston
Jenny Topping, Whittier, Calif.
Natasha Watley, Irvine, Calif.
Head coach: Mike Candrea, Casa Grande, Ariz.
Assistant coaches: Chuck D'Arcy, Sacramento, Calif.; Karen Johns, Charlottesville, Va.; John Rittman, San Jose, Calif.
Durlacher takes 5th at wrestling worlds
Colorado Springs resident Lindsey Durlacher placed fifth in the 121-pound Greco-Roman weight class at the World Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Durlacher dropped a 2-0, 3-0 decision to Serbia's Kristijan Fris in the bronze-medal match after beating Romania's Virgil Munteanu and Denmark's Anders Nyblom in the repechage rounds. The top-eight finish qualified the U.S. for Beijing at 121 pounds.
"It's hard to come so close to winning a medal and walk away empty-handed," Durlacher said. "At the same time, a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders by qualifying this weight for the Olympic Games. I can just train straight through and concentrate on making our Olympic team and not have to go through any of those qualifying tournaments."
Those qualifying tournaments include the Pan American Championships, the next chance for U.S. wrestlers to qualify their weight class for Beijing. The tournament will be held Feb. 29 to March 2, 2008, in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs wrestlers T.C. Dantzler (163 pounds), Justin Ruiz (211.5) and Brad Vering (185) will compete Tuesday at the world championships. Dantzler has the toughest draw, as he'll face Ukraine's Volodimir Shatskykh, the defending world champion, in the first round.
Kelly top U.S. finisher at modern pentathlon event
Four Colorado Springs modern pentathletes competed last weekend at the World Cup Final in Beijing.
Michelle "Mickey" Kelly, a member of the World Class Athlete Program at Fort Carson, was the top U.S. finisher, taking 23rd place in the women's division of the competition that doubled as an Olympic test event. She was followed by Dennis Bowsher (29th in men's), Emily Shertzer (29th, women's) and Sheila Taormina (32nd, women's).
Kelly and Monument's Eli Bremer qualified for Beijing by winning medals this summer at the Pan American Games. The top six finishers (three per gender) at the 2008 world championships will qualify for Beijing, and the remaining 14 Olympic spots (seven per gender) will be determined by World Cup ranking as of June 1, 2008.
Springs cyclist places 13th in stage race
Colorado Springs rider Danny Pate finished in 13th place Sunday in the Tour of Missouri, a 563-mile stage race that's part of the USA Cycling Pro Tour.
Pate, sponsored by Slipstream/Chipotle, completed the six-day event in 21 hours, 12 minutes, 23 seconds, nearly 12 minutes behind winner George Hincapie, a Discovery Channel rider. He won the fifth stage, a 127-mile road race that ended in St. Charles, Mo.
Fort Carson boxer headed to Pan Am tourney
Fort Carson boxer Caroline Barry will begin practice Tuesday at the Olympic Training Center in preparation for the Pan American Championships, scheduled for Oct. 5-9 in Guayaquil, Equador.
Barry, a WCAP member, is part of a 12-person team that's coached by Fort Carson's Basheer Abdullah, the 2004 Olympic coach. At the 2006 Pan American Championships, she was the runner-up in the 132-pound lightweight division, sparked by a first-round stoppage of Equador's Ani Chuni in the semifinals.
In her last competition, Barry won a gold medal at the U.S. Championships in Colorado Springs. She's a three-time national champion, three-time Women's National Golden Gloves champion and three-time National Police Athletic League champion.
Olympic tickets going fast
More than 1.5 million Olympic tickets have been distributed to 300,000-plus people, according to the Beijing Organizing Committee.
All 26,000 tickets made available for the opening ceremony during the first phase of the ticket distribution process were sold. The sports with the most demand were basketball, diving, table tennis, soccer and gymnastics.
The second phase of ticket sales begins next month. To order Olympic tickets, call Adam Wixted at 1-877-457-4647 or visit http://www.cosport.com.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The women's triathlon features Sarah Haskins and Sara McLarty. Haskins won a silver medal at the Pan American Games, and McLarty was last year's under-23 national champion.
On the men's side, Olympians Hunter Kemper and Andy Potts highlight a field that includes Brian Fleischmann and Matt Reed. Kemper is a two-time Olympian who finished the 2005 season ranked No. 1 in the world. Potts is a 2004 Olympian who won a gold medal at the Pan American Games. Fleischmann is a three-time runner-up at elite nationals, and Reed is the 2004 national champion.
"It will be a challenging course and a world-class field, so the bar has been set pretty high," Potts said. "I want to have a great race, but nothing is going to be given to anyone on race day. You are definitely going to have to earn a high finish."
Said Haskins: "This is the pinnacle race of the year for me. I am ready to put it all on the line and give it everything I have."
The top men's finisher and the top women's finisher will earn spots on the U.S. team for the 2008 Beijing Games. The next two spots will be awarded at the U.S. Olympic team trials in Honolulu on April 26, 2008. The final two team members will be named after the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 22, 2008.
Pate fifth in Missouri stage race
Colorado Springs rider Danny Pate finished fifth Thursday in the time trial of the Tour of Missouri, a 563-mile race that's part of the inaugural USA Cycling Pro Tour.
Pate, sponsored by Slipstream/Chipotle, completed the 18-mile time trial in 41 minutes, 41 seconds, more than two minutes off the pace of Discovery Channel rider Levi Leipheimer, who won the stage by finishing in 39:37.
After four of six stages, Pate is in 15th place, 14:27 behind leader George Hincapie, also a Discovery Channel rider. The fifth stage, a 123-mile race that ends in St. Charles, Mo., will be contested Saturday.
Junior shooting nationals coming to Fort Carson
About 200 people are expected to compete in the USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships, which begin Saturday at Fort Carson.
Participants were selected by invitation. Shooters from each state will compete in trap, double trap and skeet.
A look at the schedule:
Saturday: Men's and women's trap training
Sunday: Men's and women's trap preliminary rounds
Monday: Men's and women's trap finals
Tuesday: Men's double trap training
Wednesday: Men's double trap finals
Thursday: Men's and women's skeet training
Sept. 21: Men's and women's skeet preliminary rounds
Sept. 22: Men's and women's skeet finals
Springs coach in charge of Paralympic team
Colorado Springs resident Troy Engle is coach of the U.S. Paralympics national track and field team.
Engle will oversee a 43-person team that was selected based on results at the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships and the Parapan American Games this summer. He has served as national team coach since November, when he left Occidental (Calif.) College after a seven-year stint as track and field and cross country coach.
Hogan named OTC Coach of Month
Tom Hogan, an assistant coach for the U.S. women's volleyball national team, has been named the first Coach of the Month at the Olympic Training Center.
Hogan is in his third season with the national team. He previously served as an assistant coach for the women's junior national team, helping the squad win a gold medal at the 2004 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Hargrave, 61, sponsored by the Colorado Springs-based Hammer Racing Team, hadn’t won an event since the 2005 national championships. He placed fourth in the 500 time trial at the 2006 national championships.
Woodland Park rider Mark Pelletier and Colorado Springs rider Wil Zegers teamed with Aurora’s Michael Paulin to win the men’s 40-and-over team sprint. Pelletier, 46, and Zegers, 44, won the tandem sprint at the 2006 national championships.
Earlier this month, Colorado Springs road cyclist Kim Anderson, 39, a member of the T-Mobile Team, finished in 30th place at a World Cup race in France. She’ll compete Sunday at the final World Cup race in Germany.
Monday, September 10, 2007
The third Grand Slam event of the season on the International Racquetball Tour carries a $30,000 purse. Some proceeds from the tournament will benefit local military charities.
A look at the schedule:
Wednesday: Qualifying rounds, 2-10 p.m.; charity pro-am doubles tournament and dinner with the pros, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Thursday: Qualifying rounds, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: Quarterfinals, 3-10 p.m.; player appreciation party, 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday: Junior skills challenge, noon; semifinals, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Finals, 1 p.m.; party with the pros, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
For more information, contact tournament director Dave Negrete at 630-430-1478 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.irt-tour.com.
Springs forward on U-14 soccer team
Colorado Springs forward Cate Parchinski will play for the U.S. under-14 girls national soccer team next week at the Nike women’s friendlies in Carson, Calif.
Parchinski, a member of the Colorado Springs-based Pride Soccer Club, was named to the 24-person team after a national development camp that ended last month in Pomona, Calif. The camp also was used to determine the player pool for next year’s U-15 national team.
The U-14 national team, playing its first competitive matches, will face the U-16 Dallas Texans on Sept. 20, the U-16 Danville (Calif.) Mustangs on Sept. 21 and the U-16 Sereno (Ariz.) Soccer Club on Sept. 23. The team is coached by Mike Dickey, the U.S. women’s national team staff coach for Region 2.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Colorado Springs rider Kelli Emmett struggled to a 26th-place finish Saturday in the elite women’s cross country portion of the Mountain Bike World Championships in Fort William, Scotland.
Emmett, sponsored by Giant, completed the 21.1-mile course in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 58 seconds, nearly 10 minutes off the pace of Russia’s Irina Kalentieva, the top-ranked rider in the world.
Starting in the No. 36 position, Emmett moved up 10 spots. But she was the only rider in a six-person American field to finish outside the top 25.
Next week, most U.S. cross country cyclists will compete in the World Cup finals in Maribor, Slovenia. It’s the last race before the mountain bike Olympic test event, which is Sept. 22 in Beijing.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Jurekovic, the under-23 cross country national champion, completed the 26.7-mile course in 2 hours, 20 minutes, 36 seconds, more than 26 minutes off the pace of winner Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark.
Starting in the No. 35 position, Jurekovic suffered a broken front derailleur on the third lap and a rear flat tire on the final lap. The flat tire proved most costly, as he was passed by about 20 riders on the homestretch.
“I just didn’t have anything,” said Jurekovic, a member of the USA Cycling National Development Team. “I had a good start position, but as soon as we hit the climb, there was a crash right in front of me and I had to get off. I was chasing from the beginning, and I couldn’t get going. I had nothing.”
Colorado Springs rider Kelli Emmett, sponsored by Giant, will compete today in the elite cross country portion of the world championships. She’s coming off an eighth-place finish at the National Mountain Bike Series finals.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
About 4,000 disabled athletes (250 from the U.S.) will compete Sept. 6-17, 2008, in 19 sports, including cycling, fencing, sitting volleyball, table tennis and wheelchair rugby.
China led the 2004 Paralympics with 141 medals, 63 of them gold. The U.S. was fourth with 88 total medals and 27 golds.
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee, will send 35 student-athletes with physical disabilities to the Paralympics from Sept. 4-12, 2008, through a newly created program. Participants will attend the opening ceremonies and several competitions and meet U.S. Paralympians.
To participate, student-athletes (ages 12-18) must fill out an application, which includes a 500-word essay, and submit letters of recommendation. Applications are available at http://www.usparalympics.org. The application deadline is April 1, 2008.
UCCS student to ride at mountain bike worlds
Colorado Springs rider Sam Jurekovic will compete Friday at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Fort William, Scotland.
Jurekovic, a member of the USA Cycling National Development Team, will join Boulder's Colin Cares, Durango's Tad Elliott, Mitchell Peterson, of Sandy, Utah, and Sam Schultz, of Missoula, Mont., in the under-23 men's cross country competition.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student is coming off a win at the Mountain Bike National Championships in July in West Dover, Vt. He won a bronze medal at the Pan American Championships in March in Argentina.
Springs boxer loses at cadet worlds
Colorado Springs boxer Joey Montoya lost in the quarterfinals of the Cadet World Championships on Tuesday in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Montoya, a Junior Olympic national champion, dropped a 29-11 decision to Puerto Rico's Keith Tapia in the 176-pound division. He received a bye in the first round.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Pate, 28, sponsored by Slipstream/Chipotle, completed the 109-mile course in 4 hours, 23 minutes, 48 seconds, less than 90 seconds off the pace of Discovery Channel rider Levi Leipheimer, who won his first road race national title.
On Saturday, Pate took second in the time trial portion of the national championships. He finished a second behind David Zabriskie on an 18.6-mile course.
Funeral services set for weightlifting director
Funeral services for Rodger DeGarmo, executive director of Colorado Springs-based USA Weightlifting, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. After the service, there will be a reception in the visitor's center of the Olympic Training Center. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Swan Law Funeral Home, 501 N. Cascade Ave.
DeGarmo died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday while conducting a site visit for the 2009 Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Chicago. He was 38.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for DeGarmo's wife, Suzanne, and his daughters, Paige (12) and Maggie (9). Donations can be made to Suzanne DeGarmo, c/o USA Weightlifting, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Potts, 30, completed the 0.9-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and 6-mile run in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 31 seconds, less than 90 seconds off the pace of winner Daniel Unger of Germany.
He posted the top swim time at 17:02 and was among the front of the pack during the run portion. But he slowly fell behind and couldn’t recover.
“It was a hard day,” said Potts, who made his fourth appearance at the world championships. “My No. 1 priority on the run was to stay in contact with the lead group and run tough and hold on for as long as possible. I was hoping my legs would have more juice in them on the second and third laps.”
Matt Reed (1:44:55) was the only other U.S. triathlete in the top 20, finishing in 14th place. Tim O’Donnell (1:46:35) finished in 43rd place and Joe Umphenour (1:48:12) took 52nd place.
Potts qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games by winning a gold medal at the Pan American Games in July. The last Olympic qualifier is the 2008 world championships, which will be held in June in Vancouver.
OTC resident wins another judo title
Olympic Training Center resident Anna Palmer won her weight class in a ladder tournament of the Fall Classic National Championships in Coral Springs, Fla.
Palmer defeated five-time national champion Carrie Chandler twice to capture the title in the women’s 125-pound division. The championship match against Chandler was a draw, and Palmer won on a unanimous referees’ decision.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Palmer said. “I keep working harder, and it keeps paying off, so it encourages me more for the future. It was a really big win, and I think this is really good progress for my career.”
On Saturday, Palmer won the women’s 114-pound division of the Fall Classic. She’s a virtual lock to make the U.S. Olympic team trials, scheduled for June 13-14, 2008, in Las Vegas.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Josh O’Neil placed first in the men’s 132-pound division and Anna Palmer claimed the top spot in the women’s 114-pound division at a 200-plus athlete tournament in Coral Springs, Fla.
After losing his second match of the double-elimination tournament, O’Neil won three straight fights, including two against Pan American Championships team member Nick Kossor. Palmer beat Nicki Schultheis in the finals.
With their wins, O’Neil and Palmer are virtually guaranteed spots at the trials, scheduled for June 13-14, 2008, in Las Vegas. The top eight athletes in 14 Olympic weight classes after the Senior National Championships (April 11-12, 2008, in Virginia Beach, Va.) are eligible to participate.
Alexa Liddie finished third in the women’s 97-pound division; Michelle Haggerty was the runner-up in the women’s 125-pound division; Christal Ransom took third in the women’s 138-pound division; and Taylor Takata placed second in the men’s 145-pound division.
Mixed results for OTC residents at triathlon worlds
OTC resident Sarah Haskins took 10th place and OTC resident Sara McLarty stumbled to a 49th-place finish at the Triathlon World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.
Haskins, 26, of St. Louis, marked the second-best finish on the five-person U.S. team for the 0.9-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and 6-mile run. McLarty, 24, of DeLand, Fla., posted the top swim time in the 77-person field at 17:54 but struggled in the bike and run portions.
“I was working really hard on the bike to keep distance. I knew there were a lot of really good runners in that second pack,” Haskins said. “Unfortunately, two years in a row, I’ve wiped out in transition. I could have been running with that pack in front of me, but things happened.”
The 10th-place finish for Haskins was considerably better than her 21st-place finish at last year’s world championships. It was the first world championships for McLarty, who competed in the under-23 ranks last year.
Two U.S. triathletes – Julie Ertel and Andy Potts – have qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games. The last Olympic qualifier is the 2008 world championships, which will be held in June in Vancouver.
Springs cyclist edged in narrow finish
One second cost Danny Pate a national title.
The Colorado Springs rider finished a second behind Salt Lake City’s David Zabriskie in the time trial portion of the USA Cycling Professional National Championships in Greenville, S.C.
Pate, 28, a Slipstream/Chipotle-sponsored rider, completed the 18.6-mile course in 39 minutes, 35 seconds. Zabriskie did it in 39:34, sprinting to the finish line the final 110 yards.
“I was going as hard as I can go,” said Zabriskie, the first rider in 11 years to win back-to-back time trial national titles. “Coming into the finish, I could hear the announcer say, ‘He’s got to finish in 2 seconds or he’s going to lose.’ So I started sprinting.”
Like Zabriskie, Pate came from Colorado Springs-based USA Cycling’s National Development Team program. In 2001, he won the under-23 world time trial championship in Portugal.
Team USA locks up Olympic spot
The U.S. men’s basketball senior national team, which includes Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, defeated Puerto Rico 135-91 in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship to secure an Olympic berth.
The U.S. will face Argentina in Sunday’s championship game. Puerto Rico will play Brazil in the bronze medal game.
A look at the TV schedule:
Sunday, Puerto Rico vs. Brazil, 2 p.m., FSN; U.S. vs. Argentina, 5 p.m., FSN