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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2005
"It began when Lord Killanin, president of the International Olympic Committee, hung the medal around Jim Craig's neck. For it was then ... that the ribbon-clasp broke and the gold medal fell into the young hero's hands." - From an unpublished manuscript by Baltimore sports agent and author Ron Shapiro WASHINGTON - It shouldn't have been hard to recognize Jim Craig. At 47, he still has rugged looks and a slightly sleepy countenance. Like many members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, he has a pleasantly unsophisticated quality that seems distinctly American.
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Sports Digest | January 2, 2014
Et cetera Capitals' Carlson selected to U.S. Olympic roster The Washington Capitals' John Carlson was one of eight defensemen named Wednesday to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Sochi, Russia, in February. Carlson has led Washington in ice time and handled the toughest matchups the NHL has to offer every night through the first three months of the season. For Capitals coach Adam Oates , who has been lobbying for Carlson's inclusion since the summer, it was a no-brainer.
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January 29, 2006
The Boys of Winter : The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team By Wayne Coffey Three Rivers Press/ 288 pages/ $13 The best antidote to our pervasive cynicism about sports and in time for the Winter Olympics is this thrilling narrative about the fabulous 1980 U.S. hockey team and the driven coach, Herb Brooks, who tormented his players into immortality.
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2013
Linnea Gonzales, Patterson Mill's standout junior midfielder, is rarely found without a field hockey stick in her hand. "Every time I've picked her up, whether it's 7 o'clock in the morning or 5 o'clock at night, she's in the driveway with a ball and a stick," said Janice Rhodes, Gonzales' club team coach. If that's the first thing you notice about Gonzales, the second is that she's almost impossible to catch on the field. The midfielder's blazing speed gives defenders fits and is helping put her on the fast track to her dream - a spot on the U.S. Olympic field hockey team.
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By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,Staff Writer | February 20, 1992
MERIBEL, France -- The grudge match is called on account of TTC politics, but the matchup remains electric: The United States against the Unified Team, which used to be the Soviet Union, in the semifinals of the Olympic hockey tournament.That it will happen tomorrow was assured yesterday when the Unified Team easily defeated Finland, 6-1, in a medal-round quarterfinal game broken open by three second-period goals."I don't care what they're called now, they're still the Russian hockey team," said forward Marty McInnis of the unbeaten U.S. team.
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March 14, 2004
FOR THE SECOND time in four years, police in Vancouver, British Columbia, are investigating whether to charge a professional hockey player for a brutal, on-ice attack on an opponent. The first mugging, a stick bashing, led to an assault conviction. The second took place Monday and left the beaten player with a broken neck. Anyone who viewed the latest thuggery - endlessly replayed on TV sports shows last week - had to recoil in horror. Vancouver Canucks All-Star Todd Bertuzzi skated up behind the Colorado Avalanche's Steve Moore, sucker-punched him on the side of the head, and jumped on him - driving him headfirst into the ice, where a pool of blood quickly formed.
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By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,Staff Writer | February 22, 1992
MERIBEL, France -- They were this close: tied with 10 minutes left, their goalie hot, their opponent frustrated, their fans filling the little rink with cheers, cowbells and designs on a gold medal no one had envisioned.They were this close: outskated, outplayed and out-everything, just blown away, but still tied with 10 minutes left. As close as one shot from the lead. One opening. One sudden chance. That close. One break."Everyone was saying, 'We're so close, we're right there,' " said Sean Hill, a defenseman on the U.S. Olympic hockey team.
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By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,Orlando SentinelStaff Writer | February 21, 1992
COURCHEVEL, France -- To get to the U.S. Olympic hockey team from Albertville yesterday, you needed to change buses twice and ride 10 minutes up a ski gondola to this old-money resort at the top of the Alps.There, amid $400 hotel rooms and gentle slopes covered with soft, powdery snow, the Americans practiced for 90 minutes in an industrial-gray rink and pronounced themselves ready to play their renamed and still-bitter-after-all-these-years rival, the Unified Team, in the semifinals of the Olympic hockey tournament today in Meribel.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2002
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- In a sport where toughness is measured in scars, stitches and missing teeth, it's almost unheard of to see a grown man break down and cry. But when the final seconds ticked off the clock yesterday in Canada's 5-2 win over the United States in the Olympic gold medal hockey game, there seemed to be enough Canadian tears to melt the ice of the E Center Ice Arena. For 50 long, frustrating years, Canada had watched its Olympic hockey teams struggle to succeed in the sport the country invented.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1998
Wayne Gretzky can't wait to play for the Canadian Olympic team in Nagano, Japan, next month. But it's not as if he's reached a lifelong goal."When we grew up, we were in a system that kind of dictated that you were going to play junior or college hockey," said Gretzky, who was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, just outside Toronto. "Then your dream was to play in the NHL. Once you did that, it ruled the Olympics out. So I didn't grow up dreaming about it."While Gretzky concentrated on reaching the pros -- and did so by the time he was 17 -- other Canadian kids played for the national team and tried to dethrone the Soviet teams that dominated international hockey.
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By Connor Letourneau, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
Former Maryland field hockey standouts Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo have been selected to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, U.S. women's field hockey coach Lee Bodimeade announced today. O'Donnell and Smith Puzo, who won a combined three national championships with the Terps , hope to help the U.S. build upon last October's first-place finish at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalaraja, Mexico. The team placed eighth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and hasn't medalled since 1984.
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January 29, 2006
The Boys of Winter : The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team By Wayne Coffey Three Rivers Press/ 288 pages/ $13 The best antidote to our pervasive cynicism about sports and in time for the Winter Olympics is this thrilling narrative about the fabulous 1980 U.S. hockey team and the driven coach, Herb Brooks, who tormented his players into immortality.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2005
"It began when Lord Killanin, president of the International Olympic Committee, hung the medal around Jim Craig's neck. For it was then ... that the ribbon-clasp broke and the gold medal fell into the young hero's hands." - From an unpublished manuscript by Baltimore sports agent and author Ron Shapiro WASHINGTON - It shouldn't have been hard to recognize Jim Craig. At 47, he still has rugged looks and a slightly sleepy countenance. Like many members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, he has a pleasantly unsophisticated quality that seems distinctly American.
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March 14, 2004
FOR THE SECOND time in four years, police in Vancouver, British Columbia, are investigating whether to charge a professional hockey player for a brutal, on-ice attack on an opponent. The first mugging, a stick bashing, led to an assault conviction. The second took place Monday and left the beaten player with a broken neck. Anyone who viewed the latest thuggery - endlessly replayed on TV sports shows last week - had to recoil in horror. Vancouver Canucks All-Star Todd Bertuzzi skated up behind the Colorado Avalanche's Steve Moore, sucker-punched him on the side of the head, and jumped on him - driving him headfirst into the ice, where a pool of blood quickly formed.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2002
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- In a sport where toughness is measured in scars, stitches and missing teeth, it's almost unheard of to see a grown man break down and cry. But when the final seconds ticked off the clock yesterday in Canada's 5-2 win over the United States in the Olympic gold medal hockey game, there seemed to be enough Canadian tears to melt the ice of the E Center Ice Arena. For 50 long, frustrating years, Canada had watched its Olympic hockey teams struggle to succeed in the sport the country invented.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2002
The U.S. women's hockey team has a record this season as unblemished as the surface at the E Center, where the gold medal will be decided at the Winter Games. The squad beat Canada, 3-2, on Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia, before a partisan crowd of 6,354, completing an eight-game sweep of its chief rival that began in October. By dominating Canada, the United States has taken some of the drama out of an anticipated rematch of the gold-medal opponents in 1998 in Nagano, where Canada lost, 3-1. Not only have the U.S. women beaten their toughest challenger, they also have bested every collegiate, amateur and foreign team on their barnstorming national tour, posting a 20-0 record.
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By Bill Glauber | January 19, 1992
The coach is a retired schoolteacher who once defiantly assumed the role of Ugly American.Gathered on the roster is a collection of castoffs, kids and patriots who have been assembled and then reassembled on a journey that makes a presidential campaign appear like a sprint.There is the goaltender who survived a horrific season with the Baltimore Skipjacks.There is the forward who once skated for lire in a snowstorm in Italy.There is the college star who once tended bar in Boston, the teen-ager poised to make a fortune in Long Island and the veteran seeking only redemption in France.
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Sports Digest | January 2, 2014
Et cetera Capitals' Carlson selected to U.S. Olympic roster The Washington Capitals' John Carlson was one of eight defensemen named Wednesday to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Sochi, Russia, in February. Carlson has led Washington in ice time and handled the toughest matchups the NHL has to offer every night through the first three months of the season. For Capitals coach Adam Oates , who has been lobbying for Carlson's inclusion since the summer, it was a no-brainer.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1998
Wayne Gretzky can't wait to play for the Canadian Olympic team in Nagano, Japan, next month. But it's not as if he's reached a lifelong goal."When we grew up, we were in a system that kind of dictated that you were going to play junior or college hockey," said Gretzky, who was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, just outside Toronto. "Then your dream was to play in the NHL. Once you did that, it ruled the Olympics out. So I didn't grow up dreaming about it."While Gretzky concentrated on reaching the pros -- and did so by the time he was 17 -- other Canadian kids played for the national team and tried to dethrone the Soviet teams that dominated international hockey.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer | June 22, 1993
All-Metro field hockey stars Peggy Boutilier, Julie Jakum, Lauren Volk and Kelly Naylor rank among the best locally, but next weekend they will discover how they compare to the nation's best high school players.At the United States Field Hockey Association's Futures National Tournament in Boston, the four will compete for spots in the Olympic Festival in San Antonio, July 22-29, or the Amateur Athletic Union's Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn., Aug. 1-7.Those attending the Olympic Festival will join another Baltimore star -- Tricia Burdt, last fall's All-Metro Field Hockey Player of the Year.
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