Even though he has never won a World Cup race, biathlete
Despite equipment issues and a wildly inconsistent start to her season,
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Powers became enamored with his new challenge when he watched the debut event at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, where he was an alternate. He now finds himself squarely in the mix to qualify for another Olympics with an eye to speed on a slope rather than tricks on a pipe.
The (almost) best of times followed the worst of times for bobsled driver
The U.S. Luge Team completed its final raceoffs last week in Lillehammer, Norway and announced its Olympic squad. World champion
The roster for the U.S. women's hockey team was finalized last week, with no major surprises. Defender
Team USA is younger in average age (23.5) than Team Canada (26), and even though the U.S. defeated Canada at the World Championships earlier this year, the rivalry between the two has recently turned one-sided. Canada last week took two games, a 4-2 decision in Denver and a 6-2 thumping in Calgary. The Canadians controlled play for the balance of the two, outshooting the Americans in five of the six periods of play. The U.S. is now 1-5 in recent action against Canada and will have two more cracks at its likely Olympic finals foe -- on Dec. 30 in St. Paul and Jan. 1 in Ottawa.
U.S. oarsmen fared very well as the International Rowing Federation announced its annual award winners last week.
Now that he's broken a 27-year drought for U.S. runners at the New York Marathon, winner
It's been a rough year for U.S. softball players, who saw their sport's bid to rejoin the Olympic program rejected in October when the IOC opted to add golf and rugby instead. Last week, the International Softball Federation announced that it would have to move the 2010 World Championships from Oklahoma City to Caracas, Venezuela because of a scheduling conflict with the Central American and Caribbean Games. Only a handful of teams would have been able to participate in both tournaments had the ISF kept its original dates (July 9-19). Organizers in Venezuela offered to schedule the championships during a more favorable time period (June 23 -- July 2), hence the change.