SportsNation Blog Archives Olympic Events
Lindsey Vonn out of Sochi Games
Lindsey Vonn has announced that the right knee injury she suffered at the world championships in February will not heal in time to allow her to compete in the Sochi Olympics. The 29-year-old took home two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games and was sure to be a gold-medal contender in Sochi. She was also arguably the face of Team USA, given her skiing prowess as well as her romantic connection to Tiger Woods.
pollcenter:category=4888+lindseyvonnoutofsochigamesLeon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Mega-events coming in 2014
If mega-events are your thing, just wait for 2014. You'll get a double dose in February with a cold-weather Super Bowl in New Jersey and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Bide your time until June, and you will be rewarded with the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Brazil with its conveniently timed games for U.S. viewing. Weather and construction delays could plague these events, but that hasn't dampened the public's anticipation for seeing greatness on a grand stage. With so much on the line, which event would you most want to attend? Would travel be a deterrent?
Complaining about money is generally a way for a famous athlete to bring down the ire of the internet on his or her head, but Lolo Jones' recent money complaint might mask a legitimate, larger point. Jones tweeted out a Vine video of a $741.84 paycheck she received for training for the U.S. bobsled team. That's not bad for a week's pay, but the check was for seven months, a fact that Jones mocked in her video. Some fellow bobsledders were not amused, calling the video insulting. Jones said her point was to make people appreciate how hard Olympic athletes work, but her delivery might have muddled her message.
What do you think? Leave your comments below.Feng Li/Getty Images
Wrestling or baseball in 2020?
Eight sports were under consideration for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics, competing for a single spot. The list has been narrowed to three: wrestling, a combined baseball/softball bid and squash. The competition here is likely between the former two sports; wrestling has the weight of history on its side, while baseball and softball have perhaps the highest profile of any sport on the list. The final decision will come down in September -- until then, each sport has a chance to make its case.
There are certain sports that come to mind when you think about the Olympics: swimming, track and field, gymnastics ... you get the picture. But 3-on-3 half-court basketball? BMX freestyle biking? It's hard to picture those being played under the iconic Olympic rings. But the IOC is mulling adding those and other events for the 2016 Games in Brazil. Is this a good idea? Cast your votes!
Make it, take it?
Last year FIBA held its first 3-on-3 half-court world championship, and is looking to bring the modified sport to the Olympics in 2016.
Up in the air
BMX freestyle has been an X Games staple for years, but come 2016, riders could be competing for an Olympic gold medal.
Grab your beach towels
Beach volleyball is asking for an expanded field in 2016, as the sport could be a showcase event on the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.