What an absolutely incredible game this past weekend. It is safe to say that TJ Oshie at least for today has grabbed the torch from Ryan Miller as US Hockey Olympic darling after his shootout performance. I am not a huge fan of the shootout, I think a skills contest is a terrible way to end an amazing game like that, but the Olympic rules allowing for repeat shooters is top notch. The fact that Dan Bylsma kept rolling Oshie out was incredible drama. Hopefully this victory will be the catalyst for an American run at the gold. The US was able to keep their minds right and defeat Slovenia the next day and entered the single elimination portion of the tournament in second place. The Americans will take on the winner of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Wednesday. Let’s get’em boys!!!
The Latvian men’s Olympic hockey team, coached by Sabres coach Ted Nolan, lost to Switzerland today 1-0 on a goal with 7.9 seconds left. Latvia also features one NHL player on their roster, Zemgus Girgensons who also plays for the Sabres.
This game must have given Nolan and Girgensons flashbacks because the Sabres have lost at least a handful of games this season in the same fashion. It is unfortunate for the Latvians because they, like the Sabres for much of the year, got incredible goaltending throughout the entire game from Edgars Masalskis, who stopped 38 shots in the game and made a handful of highlight reel saves.
Tomorrow morning at 7:30am the United States men’s hockey team begins their quest for a gold medal against Slovakia in Sochi. The American’s will be starting Jonathan Quick in net (for at least the first game). The US will need Quick and Ryan Miller (if he plays) to step up and lead the way because they are not as loaded up front as the Canadians and Russians. Whether or not they win gold it should be a fun ride and this will be the best hockey that you can watch so make sure you tune in.
Here’s a little video to get you ready for tomorrow.
Normally you’d laugh at a situation like this, due to the embarrassment of the whole thing. But, it’s actually quite sad and frightening. I’m sure this girl feels awful about it – but this could happen to any athlete and the injury could be devastating to one’s career. I guess that’s what you get for having your own VH1 or MTV or whatever channel his awful tv show was on.
A run-in with a fan in Florida left Ryan Lochte with serious knee injuries.
The 11-time Olympic medalist tore an MCL and sprained an ACL after a teenage girl ran at him, he caught her and they both toppled over Sunday, according to USA Today.
Lochte hit his knee on a curb. A Lochte representative confirmed the report.
“As a result of a freak injury caused by an unexpected fan encounter Ryan has suffered a torn MCL and an ACL sprain and will be taking a break from training and competition,” read a statement from a Lochte representative. “His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes.”
This is not Lochte’s first bizarre injury.
He tore his left meniscus break dancing, fractured a shoulder falling out of a tree, fractured a foot in a scooter accident, sprained his ankle…
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On October 16, 1968 two American Olympians and one Australian participated in one of the most memorable political demonstrations in the history of sports. The two Americans involved were Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the gold medalist and bronze medalist respectively in the 200-yard dash. Smith and Carlos had both preplanned the demonstration of a “black power salute” with their heads bowed and a black gloved hand raised in the air.
Upon arriving to the stadium that day Carlos realized he had forgotten his gloves and silver medalist from Australia Peter Norman offered the opinion that they should each wear a glove. The two Americans received their medals shoeless with black socks on to portray black poverty and upon the start of the anthem each bowed their head and put one fist in the air. The site of these men doing so was a shock to the Olympic committee and many people watching at home. Avery Brundage, the International Olympic Committee chairman, was outraged that the two men would commit “a deliberate and violent breach of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit.” Brundage, however, is the same man that had allowed the Nazi salute to be prevalently used at the 1936 Berlin Olympics because he deemed it a national salute during a competition of nations and was also a noted Nazi sympathizer even after the outbreak of World War II. Brundage banned Smith and Carlos from the US Track and Field Team and also the Olympic Village and when US Track officials refused to do so Brundage threatened to have the whole team removed from the Olympics. The backlash from the public was intense including a photo of the Olympic rings on the cover of Time magazine with the caption “Angrier, Nastier, Uglier” instead of the slogan “Harder, Faster, Stronger.” The demonstration by the three men on the podium that night in Mexico City is a shining example of the human spirit and people’s lack of ability to accept change. Smith and Carlos are now viewed as heroes of the civil rights movement but for years they were pariahs in their own country.
On this date 25 years ago in Seoul, South Korea Greg Louganis hit his head on the springboard while performing a preliminary round dive in the 1988 Olympics. Louganis, who six months prior had been diagnosed with HIV, was concussed by the blow to his head and also cut pretty badly and bled in the pool. At this point he had not told anyone about his diagnosis and faced backlash about not disclosing his disease, even though the risk o another athlete contacting the virus was virtually zero because the blood was diluted by the amount of water in the pool and the chlorine. Louganis would go on to win two gold medals during that Olympics, but more importantly this event created the perfect role for Mario Lopez when he starred in “Breaking The Surface: The Greg Louganis Story.”