Korean skating champ coaching drama; USATF looks for new CEO
Even before the skating season kicks off, there has been plenty of kicking and screaming from the rink over the split between Korean Olympic champ
At one point, Orser issued a press release, saying the split had been "sudden and unexpected," and that he hadn't been given a proper reason for the breakup. Kim's camp refuted that, saying that Park hadn't ordered that Orser be dropped. Kim, herself, then sent out a notice telling people that Orser was lying, and that she made the decision to fire him, without her mother's urging, after their relationship became strained. The problems further mushroomed earlier this season when Orser revealed details of Kim's new skating program, a no-no in the skating world.
Though she has not committed publicly to a new coach, nor a permanent new training site, Kim did say she would at least spend some time in Artesia, Calif., at the East West Ice Palace -- owned partly by
There is also a battle afoot involving two great skating champions that has nothing to do with axels and salchows. Kim is a key supporter and the public face of Pyeongchang's bid to bring the 2018 Winter Games to Korea. In order to gain the IOC's blessing next year, when the winning city is announced, Pyeongchang will have to overcome a strong challenge from Munich, whose board chairwoman is none other than
Add the biggest notch yet to the black belt of judoka
On the heels of a successful World Cup, South African Olympic officials now know for certain that Durban will be the country's candidate city to host the 2020 Olympics should South Africa submit a bid to stage those Games. No other cities that had been considered -- Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, which had bid for the 2004 Games -- put forth a national bid for domestic consideration. The IOC will make its choice at the committee's session in Buenos Aires in 2013.
U.S. players were all aglow Sunday after taking gold at the FIBA world championships in Turkey. But this has not always been the case. Before this year's competition, which result was the most common for the U.S. men in the previous championships: gold, silver, bronze or no medal? Try the last option you might expect. At 15 other championships since 1950, U.S. men had won three golds, three silvers and four bronzes. They also competed at five tournaments in which the team failed to win any medal at all. Sure U.S. pros didn't actually play in the tournament until 1994, but U.S. teams still managed to win multiple Olympic golds with top college players. The championships simply were not a priority for U.S. players at any level for many years. That has changed now that the game has gone global.
Are relations really improving between the USOC and the IOC? Here's one indication that they may be. The IOC named its evaluation commission for the 2018 Winter Games. Of the 11-member task force that will report to the IOC's general membership about the merits of the three bidding cities (Pyongchang, Korea; Munich, Germany; and Annecy, France), four of the commission's members -- new IOC member
USA Track and Field's board of directors is looking for a new CEO after dropping
A Vietnam vet who went from driving a New York City cab to running Major League Soccer, Logan was known to think outside the box, a trait that could be a good thing for a sport struggling to regain its once preeminent place on the sporting landscape, and a shortcoming in an organization filled with volunteers who need to be consulted and have their issues addressed. Logan maintained a blog on the USATF website, where he tried to be edgy (he attacked supplement manufacturers) and current (praising
Logan also fell victim to his grandiose vision for the USATF. Though USATF scored a $10 million annual deal with Nike, word was that the board had hoped for other deals to boost that organization's bottom line. Last year, Logan spoke of a dual meet between Jamaican and U.S. sprinters that had the potential to feature a sprint between
After the U.S. team produced 23 medals at the Beijing Olympics, Logan started his Project 30 Task Force, bringing in
Now the USATF faces a bigger decision: who wants Logan's old job? It chose from within the sport, picking lawyer and former indoor-mile champion