USA Oylmpic Sports
Triathlon, Water Polo, and More Sports
Triathlon: (November 9) U.S. elite triathletes Desiree Ficker (Potomac, Maryland) and Matt Reed (Boulder, Colorado) won the women’s and men’s races, respectively, at the Treasure Island Triathlon in San Francisco, California. Ficker completed the international distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 58 seconds.
Alexis Waddel (Carmel, California) was second in 2:07:35, and Jessi Stensland (San Diego, California) was third in 2:07:51. Reed won the men’s race in 1:52:44. Marcel Vifian (Santa Rosa, California) was second in 1:52:55, and Doug Friman (Tucson, Arizona) was third in 1:53:22. Olympian Victor Plata (San Luis Obispo, California) finished fifth.
UAF: (November 8) Tickets are now on sale for the 2005 ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval, January 22–23. The world’s fastest skaters will be showcased in this sprint world championship competition. (November 8) The Utah Olympic Park and the Utah Olympic Oval are offering a program known as the Winter Adventure School for sports enthusiasts. The adventure school is for those who want to experience speed skating, ice hockey, luge, bobsled, skeleton, Nordic jumping, slopestyle skiing, and zip ride. (November 8) Soldier Hollow is hosting its fourth annual soup-tasting fund-raiser for youth programs on November 12. All proceeds benefit the youth programs at Soldier Hollow. (November 8) With no aspirations of becoming an Olympic sport, turkey bowling is coming to the Utah Olympic Oval on November 20. Successful bowlers can win a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
USOC: (November 3) The United States Olympic Foundation is seeking nominations for its George M. Steinbrenner III Sport Leadership Award. The honor is bestowed by the USOF on a member of the U.S. Olympic Family who is an outstanding contributor to sport as demonstrated through management, sport organization endeavors, or the enhancement of competitive opportunities.
Nominees should exhibit the qualities of leadership, ethical conduct, and dedicated responsibility. In addition to being a member of the U.S. Olympic Family, nominees for the USOF award should be individuals who have made sustained contributions to sport(s) in the Olympic Movement, exhibited leadership qualities that personify excellence, advanced sport at the national or international level, improved sport through organizational or technological endeavors, or maintained a record of distinguished assistance to sport organizations through committee work or other responsibilities. USOEC: (November 9) USOEC Speed Skating performed well at the Great Lakes Short Track Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. OEC men and women combined to take seven of eight possible gold medals and recorded ten personal records at the event. USOEC Speed Skating head coach Scott Koons had announced that he will resign his position, effective December 1, 2004. No replacement has been named. (November 9) USOEC Greco-Roman wrestler Adam Wheeler (Lancaster, California) helped the U.S. Greco-Roman Team to a third-place finish at the Greco-Roman World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia. (November 9) Women’s Freestyle Wrestling will host its first Futures Camp at the USOEC November 14–15, offering the program a chance to evaluate potential freestyle recruits.
Water Polo: (November 5) The top female water polo players in the United States gather in Los Alamitos, California, November 5–7, for the 3rd Annual Speedo Top 40 Festival. Four teams, comprised of the nation’s best high school, collegiate, national team, and Olympic players, will compete against one another in a tournament at the USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center. (November 6) The results from the 3rd Annual Speedo Top 40 Festival are posted online.
Water Skiing: (November 9) The University of Central Florida won the overall team title at the fourth annual Correct Craft Collegiate Wakeboard National Championships, November 6–7, at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by Rollins College and sanctioned by the American Wakeboard Association, the tournament featured 95 riders from 24 colleges and universities across the country, making it the largest Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals to date.
Wrestling: (November 5) TheMat.com U.S. senior freestyle rankings have been posted online. (November 6) The United States opened the Greco-Roman World Cup with a win over Belarus, 14–12, taking a 1–0 record into the second day of competition. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championship and is being held in Tbilisi, Georgia. The U.S. won only three of the seven bouts against Belarus but earned the overall victory due to bonus points, as well as earning classification points in three of the four losses. (November 7) The U.S. Greco-Roman Team placed third after finishing with a 2–2 record at the 2004 Greco-Roman World Cup. The U.S. finished its competition with an 18–7 loss to host Georgia.
This article is in five parts. This is part 4.
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.