Ohno still unsure about '14 Games; Finch says goodbye to softball
It's been a whirlwind transition for Ohno, 28, who recently launched his own line of nutritional supplements called 8zone and has a book due out later this year. He was a keynote speaker at a recent nutritional seminar. Alaska Airlines put his face and racing form on the side of one of its airplanes shortly before the Vancouver Games. He has also been involved in numerous charitable endeavors. He tried out for a recent movie role as Ares, but found that his streamlined 145-pound skating frame was not what producers were looking for. "I needed a good two months to bulk up for the part," Ohno explained. "They wanted a weightlifter and I looked more like a Tour de France rider."
• One of the legends of USA softball made her last appearance for the national team Monday night, as
Finch, a 10-year veteran of the national team, captured a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a silver four years later in Beijing. Best known as a pitcher, she tossed a one-hitter against the Olympic champion Japanese squad on their home turf at the Japan Cup last year. Finch tossed 18 2/3 scoreless innings during the World Cup and hit a home run in her first at bat. All this followed a stellar collegiate career at Arizona, where she broke
But Finch was even more recognizable off the field, crossing into the mainstream as a celebrity apprentice with
• It was a big week for junior athletes in a number of Olympic sports. U.S. oarsmen had their best showing at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Brest, Belarus, capturing seven medals, three more than the team's previous best, established in 2002. The U.S. women dominated the sweep events, winning golds in the pair, four and eight.
Germany led all teams at the competition with a robust 12 medals in 21 events, led by
• The U.S. track and field team won 15 medals, tying Kenya for top spot, at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton. Though U.S. sprinters are often doomed by poor baton passing at world championships and Olympic Games, they swept the four relay events in Moncton.
Kenya led all nations by winning seven golds. They won 15 of their medals in distance running events from 800 meters to 10,000, taking either a men's or women's gold at each distance.
• Brazil captured its ninth World League volleyball title on Sunday, knocking off Russia, three games to one (25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23) to take the final match in Cordoba, Argentina. Serbia defeated Cuba (28-30, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 15-12) to take the bronze medal. The Brazilians went unbeaten in 13 matches. In the final, the side was led by