Best/worst, Sochi medal projections vs. reality, Feb. 11

Here’s what I hate about the Olympics … Or maybe it’s just what I hate about American sports culture, where all of these athletes are invisible in the years between each quadrennial glitzfest … An athlete can strive for years and become the best in the world, winning all sorts of international competition. But those competitions are hardly mentioned in the U.S. media. It all comes down to the Olympics. And we’re so cynical in this country. “Oh, that person in all the ads didn’t medal? Must be overhyped. Or a choker. Major fail.” Some athletes can come back four … Continue reading Best/worst, Sochi medal projections vs. reality, Feb. 11

Sochi recap: Ski jumping, women’s

Thirty women made history and ignored the advice of patronizing men, demonstrating that they can compete in women’s ski jumping without crumbling into pieces or destroying civilization as we know it. Date: 11-Feb Sport: Ski jumping Event: Women’s normal hill (next time, can they also do team and large hill?) Medalists: Carina Vogt (Germany), Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (Austria), Coline Mattel (France) SportsMyriad projections: Sara Takanashi (Japan), Sarah Hendrickson (USA), Irina Avvakumova (Russia) How U.S. fared: In some respects, it was their day. The USA led the way in the push to get this sport in the Olympics, sacrificing livelihoods and years of frustration to do so. They were also … Continue reading Sochi recap: Ski jumping, women’s

Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Headlines from myriad sports this week: – Sarah Hendrickson won the world championship in women’s ski jumping. – Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the world championship in cross-country skiing’s team sprint, the first skiing title for the USA in Nordic World Championship history. – The USA also won two world titles in the track cycling world championships. Not bad for a one-woman team, Sarah Hammer. – Slovenia’s Tina Maze clinched the Alpine skiing World Cup title with nine races left. – The U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling team went to the World Cup in Iran, building up some diplomatic goodwill but also wrestling pretty well. The videos, features and tweets of … Continue reading Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Myriad Questions for … Sarah Hendrickson, ski jumper

This is the first of a new series called Myriad Questions, in which we’ll try to ask athletes a few questions a little more candid than their official bios and a little less technical than the specialty sites. We’ll learn how athletes are just like us (school problems, travel issues, etc.) and not like us (climbing a rope upside-down, a pole vaulting exercise). Up first is one of a handful of people who have shared a ski lift with me: Sarah Hendrickson, who featured in this 2009 USA TODAY story and video about women’s ski jumpers fighting to get into … Continue reading Myriad Questions for … Sarah Hendrickson, ski jumper