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US Soccer Federation elite development: a bad idea takes hold

Posted in Olympics, Soccer

Sometimes a rule or organizational change in sport captures my attention.  Such is the case with the United States Soccer Federation’s new direction in elite development. The Federation has adopted a new policy of year-round development that requires boys to drop high school participation in many areas across the country. As reported in the NYT, “the shift by… Continue Reading

Somebody ought to lose their job at Nike, Meb Keflezigh wins Olympic Marathon trials

Posted in Olympics, Track & Field

Meb Keflezighi won today’s Men’s Olympic Marathon trials in Houston.  Meb, 36-years old, ran a personal best to win the race and qualify for the 2012 Men’s Olympic Marathon Team. Keflezighi’s time of 2:09:07 was just shy of an American Olympic trials record, with Ryan Hall, the race favorite, coming in second and finishing just under the… Continue Reading

A Dictator and His Sports

Posted in International Sport, Olympics

At the close of the year, one sporting milestone nearly escaped us.  With the passing of Kim Jong-Il we saw the loss of one of the world’s great multi-sport athletes.  And, given his persistent penchant for international strife, we thought it would be a mistake to omit his accomplishments from Athletes-in-International-Court. Politically, Kim Jong-il was an unpredictable, international… Continue Reading

Olympic Athlete’s Male-Enhancement Nearly Cost Him His Career

Posted in Olympics, Performance Enhancing Drugs, Track & Field

LaShawn Merritt, the 25-year-old Olympic athlete once barred from competing due to an accidental doping scandal has now resurfaced, stronger, faster and wiser than ever. As Merritt gears up to compete in the 2012 London Games the New York Times profiled him and discussed what he learned after reflecting back on his embarrassing episode. What… Continue Reading