July 2, 2008 |
OMAHA, July 1 -- Maybe it would be easier if Natalie Coughlin wasn't one of the most gifted and multifaceted swimmers in the world. If that were the case, she could have bounded from the pool Tuesday night after the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials, embraced her newly minted world record, answered questions about her nerves and her accomplishments, and moved on to Beijing. For Coughlin, though, it is not that simple, and it probably never will be, for what she does is often overshadowed by what she doesn't.
March 26, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — One young contender created the world's largest sequin mosaic using 325,000 of the sparkly disks. Two other youths achieved 123 consecutive badminton passes in one minute. And 1,450 participants broke the record for the most people arm-wrestling. Such are the skills that Guinness World Records are made of in Pakistan, where thousands of young people are groomed to establish their unique feats for posterity. This month, the contestants came together in the eastern city of Lahore...
August 23, 2009 |
BERLIN, Aug. 22 -- Usain Bolt's third gold medal of the world championships failed to produce a third world record because the Jamaican 400-meter relay team only managed to produce the second-fastest time in history. "It is a little bit my fault," an apologetic Bolt said. "I was a little tired. " Since the Beijing Olympics, Bolt had won five major gold medals with a world record each time. The world record streak ended in the 400 relay after he set two individual marks in Berlin.
November 17, 2008
American Randall Bal set a world record in the 50-meter backstroke, one of three to fall on the last day of a short-course swimming World Cup meet in Berlin. Paul Biedermann of Germany broke Ian Thorpe 's eight-year-old record in the 200 freestyle by finishing in 1 minute 40.83 seconds. Bal followed and broke the four-day-old record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 22.87, beating Peter Marshall by 0.03 of a second. Marshall, also from the United States, set the record of 23.05 on Wednesday in...
July 10, 2009 |
INDIANAPOLIS, July 9 -- There has been one swimmer, and only one, who has been able to lord over Michael Phelps, and that's a sweet old guy from Maine by the name of Ian Crocker. The now-retired Crocker, soft spoken and into his guitar, hated being Phelps's nemesis, the bad guy. But that's exactly what he became by virtue of the fact he could kick Phelps's rear, quite routinely, in one event, the 100-meter butterfly. Phelps taped Crocker's picture on his bedroom wall for motivation six years ago, after Crocker set the 100 fly world record.
October 4, 2013 |
Every so often, usually while driving down some Eisenhower interstate, I stop at a Cracker Barrel to feed the family chicken and dumplings. Like a lot of American diner franchises, it sells yearbook pamphlets on revolving metal card racks. Since I was born in 1960, I recently purchased one for that year. After gleaning a few fun facts about the Squaw Valley Olympics, the U-2 spy crisis and Boynton v. Virginia — which outlawed racial discrimination in interstate transportation — I promptly disposed of it. It was, by...