Lindsay Vonn Wins Best Female Athlete ESPY

Olympic skiier Lindsey Vonn won the ESPY for the Best Female Athlete at tonight’s awards show.

In 2010 Vonn became the first American woman to win gold in the downhill, and she followed it up with a bronze in the Super-G.

Vonn also had 11 victories and 17 podiums in the 2010 World Cup season, 6 in the downhill, 4 in the Super G and 1 in the Super combined. Vonn also won the overall World Cup title for the third year in a row, the first American to do so.

Categories: Winter Tags:

South Africa to bid for 2020 Summer Games

On the heels of their World Cup success, South Africa will try to be the first African country to host the Olympics when they bid for the 2020 Summer Games. Cape Town, SA finished 3rd in the 2004 voting. Due to the large improvements in transportation and infrastructure leading up to the World Cup, it is very likely that the country will have to spend very few dollars updating these areas, and the Olympic stadium would already be built.

With Jacque Rogge putting the first Olympics in South America, it is likely his successor will want to build a similar legacy by putting the first games in Africa.

Expected challengers are expected to be Budapest, Hungary; Delhi, India; Taiwan and Dubai.

Categories: Summer Tags:

Rogers, Dalhausser Win 5th Gold of the Year

2008 gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won their 5th title of the beach volleyball season when they won in Gstaad, Switzerland. Their 5th title was their career high for a single season. They avenged last week’s loss in Norway to David Klemperer and Eric Koreng 21-18 and 21-13 to win the title.

Rogers and Dalhausser won the tournament without going undefeated for the 5th time this year. The team, who has competed in every tournament of the season, fought tired legs to win and now have been in 10 straight semifinals. They are the only team in the world who has made the semis in every tournament this season, and they have failed to win a medal only once.

They will next compete in Marseille, France from July 19-25, where they will try to continue their semifinal streak.

Categories: Summer Tags:

United States Win U-18 Basketball Gold

The gold medal game between the USA and Brazil was a tight one until the end, but in the end the giants of international basketball came out on top. Kyrie Irving, who will be headed to Duke in the fall, had a game high 21 points. He also had 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He and Austin Rivers, who had 19 points, stole the show for the USA all tournament. Their speed was nearly impossible for opponents to combat.

Rivers, who is the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, upped his recruiting stock more than perhaps any prospect in this tournament as he flashed a smooth shooting stroke, including a 35 point outburst in the semifinals against Canada when he made 7 three pointers in a row.

The team was coached by Jeff Capel, who coaches the University of Oklahoma.

Categories: Summer Tags:

Plushenko Banned From Skating Competition

2006 gold medalist and 2010 silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko has been banned from all future ISU events because he participated in exhibitions in March and April without ISU approval.

This means Plushenko cannot skate in any ISU events, meaning the Olympics, European Championships or World Championships, as well as Grand Prix events. Plushenko had stated he intended to skate in Sochi, which brings up the question of whether this was a mere misunderstanding, or was Plushenko deliberately disobeying the ISU?

The Russian figure skating federation said there was a misunderstanding in the back and forth paperwork that always accompanies these exhibitions.

Plushenko has 21 days to appeal this ban, or else Sochi will be without perhaps its biggest star.

Categories: Winter Tags:

Knutson Continues Rise at Santa Clara

Although she is just 18 years old, Dagny Knutson is steadily rising up the ranks of USA Swimming. The Minot, North Dakota native just had a strong race in Santa Clara, winning the 200 meter freestyle. Her time of 1:58.82 beat Karlee Bispo by a time of .41 seconds.

To watch her full race, click here, and I’ll have a full report from Santa Clara in the coming days.

Categories: Summer Tags: ,

US Gymnastics Shines at Pacific Rim

Bridget Sloan

The US team featured only 2 members with World Championship experience, and only one with Olympic experience, but they dominated less experienced Chinese and Australian teams to take the Pacific Rim. The Americans won by more than 15 minutes and finished 1-2 in the all-around events for the Senior and Junior divisions.

Jordyn Wieber, the defending US Junior champion, won the junior title with a score high enough to win the senior title as well.

Unfortunately, a rule change that means only 5 team members can compete at the 2012 Olympics means the United States will be unable to utilize some of their new found depth, but there is plenty of time to carve depth down to an elite group of 5.

Categories: Summer Tags: