Sep 29, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT
The United States won three medals, including gold in the men’s 5000m relay, at the season-opening short track World Cup event in Shanghai this weekend.
It represents a promising start to the Olympic season following a year marked by a coaching scandal, poor results and the retirements of the top American man and woman from the Vancouver Olympics, Apolo Ohno and Katherine Reutter.
Although the relay gold was the weekend’s biggest highlight, perhaps the most encouraging sign for the U.S. men was that they managed to win two individual medals despite a subpar meet for team leader J.R. Celski, the two-time Olympic bronze medalist and world record holder in the 500m.
On Saturday, Eddy Alvarez reached his first World Cup podium by placing third in the 500m, capping a remarkable comeback from double knee surgery 18 months ago. The U.S. coaching staff loves the raw talent of Alvarez, who grew up inline skating and playing baseball in South Beach and has limited experience in international short track.
Jordan Malone, a Vancouver veteran who nearly retired after injuries kept him from competing on the World Cup circuit last year, was the other U.S. medalist, tying for bronze in the 1000m.
Canada’s Charles Hamelin, a double gold medalist in Vancouver, won both the 500m and 1000m and was second to South Korea’s Noh Jin-Kyu in the 1500m.
The U.S. women did not fare as well in Shanghai, continuing a troubling trend for the group that dates back to last year. No U.S. woman made an international podium last season, and in Shanghai, none advanced past the quarterfinals.
The World Cup continues Thursday in Seoul for the second of four stops. The final two events, in November in Torino, Italy, and Kolomna, Russia, will determine Olympic qualifying. One big question for the U.S. team is whether its women can secure one of eight spots in the relay.
Aug 29, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT
Olympic champion cites “medical reasons” hours before weigh-in.
Aug 29, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT
Statistically, the U.S. might be better off not winning in Spain in the Olympic scope.
Aug 29, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT
Olympic champion missed 2013 Worlds after knee surgery.
Aug 29, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
An accountant five years ago, triathlete is dominating after Olympic disappointment.
Aug 28, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT
Allyson Felix, David Rudisha beaten in first of two Diamond League finals meets.
Aug 28, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT
Steen and Peder Mondrup completed the Ironman Copenhagen in 15 hours.
Aug 28, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT
Olympic Flag handed over to Buenos Aires, host of 2018 Youth Olympics.
Aug 28, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT
Officials looking for 70,000 people over the Olympics and Paralympics.
Aug 27, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT
Chinese basketball star also updates on what he’s been doing in retirement.
Aug 27, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT
IOC president sits down with Lewis Johnson at Youth Olympics.
Aug 27, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT
How can we apply the results looking ahead to the Rio Olympics?
Aug 27, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
Diamond Races up for grabs, plus Gay vs. Powell in the 100m.
Aug 27, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT
Stevenson has unprecedented junior credentials for a U.S. boxer.
Aug 26, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT
Comoros, British Virgin Islands, Romania join together in track and field finale.
Aug 26, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT
Olympic ice dancing silver medalist tries out non-Olympic sports.
Aug 26, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT
German, British, Dutch dressage teams win medals at World Equestrian Games.
Aug 26, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT
Americans complete dominating 13-game run.
Aug 25, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT
Le Clos won five medals at the 2010 Youth Olympics before shocking the most decorated Olympian ever in London.
Aug 25, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT
Even his coach doubted him, but Jonathan Horton made good on a December vow.
Aug 25, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT
Mixed-gender, mixed-team relay will include athletes from all track and field events.
- How the FIBA World Cup impacts the Olympics 0
- Gwen Jorgensen’s glory awaits in Edmonton 0
- Tyson Gay last place in Zurich; Jenny Simpson leads U.S. winners (video) 0
- Youth Olympics wrap with Closing Ceremony, Lionel Messi cameo (photos) 0
- U.S. finishes Youth Olympics with 22 medals, 10 golds 0
- Zurich Diamond League final preview 0
- Jonathan Horton boosted by 2008 teammate to successful return 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (61)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (57)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (38)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)