United States Olympic Sports News
Hockey and Paralympics
NYC2012: (November 4) On November 11, Governor George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will join hundreds of New Yorkers, Olympians, and Paralympians at a ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge to help New York City send off its final major submission to the International Olympic Committee.
This 600-page Candidature File, the Bid Book, launches the final and most intense stage of the international competition for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Bid Book is due at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on November 15. (November 9) Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro, and Olympic two-time gold medalist and NYC2012 senior advisor for sport Donna de Varona (swimming: 1960, 1964) announced that the proposed venues for mountain biking and BMX for the 2012 Olympic Games have been moved from the Staten Island Greenbelt to Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island. (November 9) NYC2012, the committee leading New York’s bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012, announced the six Environmental and Sustainability Principles for 2012 that have guided its planning and will govern all aspects of 2012 Games construction and operation should New York City be selected next July to host the Games. For more information, log on to http://www.nyc2012.com.
Paralympics: (November 8) Paralympic athletes, family, friends, and fans can tune to Outdoor Life Network on November 13 (5–7 p.m. ET) for a two-hour program that will recap the 11 days of competition from the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. The program re-airs November 17, 1–3 p.m. ET. (November 9) On November 12, three Paralympic athletes will appear on the CBS Early Show to help promote the OLN program. The athletes participating are Kevin Szott (Clifton, New Jersey/judo), April Holmes (Somerdale, New Jersey/track-and-field), and Erin Popovich (Silver Bow, Montana/swimming).
Rowing: (November 4) USRowing has named Martin Crotty (Buffalo, New York) as its new junior men’s national team head coach. Crotty, who serves as the executive director of the Princeton International Regatta Association and the varsity men’s head coach at Mercer Junior Rowing Club, will oversee the selection process with assistant coach Colin Campbell at the Caspersen Olympic Training site at Mercer Lake in New Jersey.
Table tennis: (November 3) The 2004 USA Table Tennis National Championships will roll into Las Vegas, Nevada, December 15–18, to determine who will have bragging rights for the upcoming year as the 2004 USA National Champions. The five-star tournament will be held in Hall S2 of the Las Vegas Convention Center with approximately 600–800 competitors.
Track-and-field: (November 5) The 2004 USA Men’s 10K Championship will be contested November 6 on the roads of Mobile, Alabama, as part of the Food World Senior Bowl Charity Run. The Men’s 10K Championship is the concluding event on the 2004 USA Running Circuit, a USA Track & Field road racing series featuring U.S. championships from 5K to the marathon. (November 6) Chad Pearson (Raleigh, North Carolina) ran away with his first U.S. title at the 2004 USA Men’s 10K Championship. His winning time of 28:33 was a personal record and easily ahead of second-place Adam Tenforde’s (Palo Alto, California) time of 28:50 and Jason Hubbard’s (Alamosa, New Mexico) time of 28:57. (November 7) American record holder Deena Kastor (Mammoth Lakes, California) suffered from extensive cramps in her legs during the ING New York City Marathon, as well as knee pain, which forced her to drop out at the 16-mile mark.
She also described extreme fatigue in her legs and vastly reduced training mileage in recent weeks, the effect of running 140-mile weeks in training as she prepared for the Olympic marathon, where she won a bronze medal. (November 7) Two athletes who dropped out of the Olympic marathon in Athens proved their mettle by winning the men’s and women’s titles at the ING New York City Marathon, while Meb Keflezighi (Mammoth Lakes, California) posted the best finish by an American in the race since 1993.
World record holder Paula Radcliffe of Britain won the closest women’s race in ING New York City Marathon history to reassert her position atop the women’s distance-running world with a time of 2:23:10. Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa broke free of a three-man race to win the men’s title in 2:09:24, with Olympic silver medalist Keflezighi second in a personal-best time of 2:09:53. (November 8) The 2004 USA Masters 8K Cross-Country Championships took place in Boston, Massachusetts, with champions determined in a variety of age-groups. The New England Association of USA Track & Field hosted the event. (November 8) USA Track & Field announced the “Class of 2004” inductees for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. The Class of 2004 will be inducted December 3, during the Jesse Owens Awards and Xerox Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held in conjunction with USATF’s 2004 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus in Beaverton, Oregon. (November 9) Meb Keflezighi has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after posting the best finish by an American in 11 years at the 2004 ING New York City Marathon. The American record holder at 10,000 meters and 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon, Keflezighi finished second in New York with a personal-best time of 2:09:53. His run marked the highest finish for an American in New York since Bob Kempainen (Minneapolis, Minnesota) placed second in 1993. (November 9) At 58, two-time Olympic sprint medalist Lennox Miller died of cancer in Pasadena, California. An Olympic sprinter who won a silver medal in 1968 and a bronze in 1972 in the 100 meters for Jamaica, Miller was a member of two University of Southern California track-and-field NCAA championship teams and a part of the reigning world-record 440-yard relay squad. (November 9) The 2004 Olympic men’s 200-meter gold medalist Shawn Crawford (Van Wyck, South Carolina) and two-time Olympic 110-meter hurdles silver medalist Terrence Trammell (Atlanta, Georgia) will be featured on upcoming television programs. Crawford, who ran the lead leg on Team USA’s silver medal-winning 4×100 m relay squad, will be joined by Trammell on BET’s Madd Sports, November 20. The program will be shown again November 21.
This article is in five parts. This is part 3.
Part 5: Racine, the world’s top-ranked driver during the 2000-2001 season, and her brakeman, Jen Davidson, were pegged to win the first women’s bobsled gold medal when the sport debuted at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.