Warren's rags to ropes story began at the age of six when he started working out at a gym on the east side of Cincinnati, known for having launched the career of junior welterweight world champ
Warren earned a berth in the light flyweight (106-pound) class on the 2004 Olympic team in Athens, where he was the youngest male member of the entire U.S. delegation. He later dropped a decision in his first bout to China's
After dropping a controversial tiebreaker decision at nationals in 2009 to
• At a presentation in New York last Friday, the IOC announced the Dow Chemical Company as a new top sponsor in a deal that is reportedly worth $75 million over 10 years. It was good news for the committee during a sagging economy that has also delayed the bidding for U.S. television rights to host the Games in 2012 and 2014. NBC and ABC/ESPN are thought to be the main players, though Fox chairman
Look for the Games to head to Africa in the not-too-distant future, too. Cape Town and Cairo have been mentioned as options, but Durban may be the front-runner for the next strong African bid. "We have a slogan of universality," says influential IOC member
Heiberg also said he felt the relationship between the IOC and USOC had improved since the strained relations between the factions culminated in Chicago's failed Olympic bid in 2009. "The new [USOC] leadership has been very open and humble," he says. "I feel our discussions with them have been friendly and positive."
His advice to them: "Try to engage more in various roles within the Olympic movement. Try to focus on the leadership of the international federations and aim for greater influence at that level."
• Imagine how dominant the former Yugoslavia would be in water polo had it remained a country. Serbia reclaimed the Men's Water Polo World League final title this year, followed by Montenegro and Croatia. The Serbs, who were champions in 2007 and 2008, won in a penalty shootout after the score ended 10-10 in regulation time. The United States finished fifth in the tournament.
• Rumors that Spain's