Archive for January, 2011

Meryl Davis and Charlie White Dominate Short Dance at US Nationals

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

It seems the torch has been passed from Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto to Meryl Davis and Charlie White. After the short dance, Davis and White have a 6 point lead over their closest competitors, which is huge in the sport of ice dancing.

Davis and White have done well in the Grand Prix season as well, winning both of their events, and then winning the Grand Prix final.

The Championships are in preparation for this year’s World Championships, held in Tokyo from March 21 to the 27th.

A United States pair has never won a world title in ice dancing.

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US Wrestling Trials to be held in Iowa City

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

It is the site of the most successful NCAA wrestling program in history, and now Iowa City, Iowa will be the site of the 2012 Olympic wrestling trials. The site of the University of Iowa beat out fellow Iowa city Council Bluffs and Columbus, Ohio. The University of Iowa averaged over 8,000 fans per home dual match last year, and they drew a record crowd when around 16,000 people saw them defeat Iowa State.

The trials will be held in April of next year, and they will feature roughly 600 wrestlers. Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where the trials will be held, is currently undergoing a $47 million renovation.

Other cities who bid were Greensboro, North Carolina; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Hampton, Virginia and Pontiac, Michigan.

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Alex Pullin Upsets A Pair of Americans to win Snowboardcross World Championship

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott was edged out for gold, and settled for silver

Australian Alex Pullin has the biggest win of his career. After a huge disappointment in Vancouver, when he was knocked out of the quarterfinals after a crash as the #1 seed, Pullin held off a pair of Americans, defending gold medalist Seth Wescott and  Nate Holland, to claim the SBX world championship. It was Wescott’s third silver in this event. Pullin’s gold was Australia’s first ever medal at the Snowboard cross world championships.

In the women’s race, Lindsey Jacobellis dominated the final race to claim her third world championship. Defending Olympic champion Maelle Ricker from Canada crashed during the final run, and she finished fourth. The other women’s medalists were Nelle Moenne of France and Canadian Dominique Maltais.

No other American woman made the quarterfinals. American Jonathan Cheever competed in the small final, which is for the snowboarders who lose in the semifinals.

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My Return

January 17, 2011 1 comment

If you’re a regular reader, you have noticed I have been AWOL these past few months. But now that we have just a year and a half or so to go before the 2012 London Games I am going to get back into it. I have some good things planned, and I am hoping to get this bad boy moved to a bigger network by the games.

In any event, 2011 might be a little slow, but hopefully there will be a steady build before really kicking off the pre-London party starting in 2012. It should be a fun couple years of following Olympic sports, and I’m excited to have you along for the ride.

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