Olympic commentator Ed Hula discusses how London is preparing to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Fauja Singh is attempting to become the first person to finish a full-distance marathon past age 100. CBC reports.
Rory McIlroy tells CNN's Don Riddell about his ambition to become the world's number one golfer.
Lukas Verzbicas is grimacing. The Illinois high school track star is sprinting around the final lap of the mile run at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City in March, and the only sign that he's hurting as he races away from the field is the brief flash of pain.
Grete Waitz, who became a darling of the long-distance running world after winning a record nine New York marathons, died Tuesday in Oslo following a six-year battle with cancer, the Norwegian Athletics Association said. She was 57.
As I sit down across from Ginnifer Goodwin in a Hollywood café, it hits me that she could easily pass for a French ingénue. In fact, with her simply chic T-shirt and cardigan, and her pixie haircut that oozes Paris, I wouldn't have been surprised to hear a "bonjour" come out of her mouth.
With two days to go before the New York City Marathon, Sports Illustrated caught up with Alberto Salazar, winner of three straight NYC Marathons from 1980-82, and coach of Dathan Ritzenhein. Ritzenhein had a breakout year, setting the American 5k record -- (since broken) -- in August, and is now one of the top competitors in this year's marathon.
For a serious distance runner, 7 hours, 48 minutes is not a great marathon time. But cut Brian Fugere some slack.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers will return for another season, staying with the team he led to the NBA finals twice in three years for a run at another championship.
I have been working out religiously and eating very healthy for the past six months and have lost about 25 pounds, now down to 170. I am 5 feet 9. However, I am still having a difficult time getting the area around my stomach trimmed down. It is so frustrating to keep losing weight but not see the "spare tire" go away. My question is, what should be my ideal weight, and what suggestions do you have to focus that weight loss on my midsection? My workouts consist of running on the treadmill, various ab exercises and some light to moderate weight training. Thank you.
Forty years ago the competitor field for the Boston Marathon was small enough that doctors listened to every runner's heart before the race.
In 1971, 1981 or 1991, Middle Distance Runner, the indie-pop craftsmen from Washington, D.C., might have become the biggest band in America.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Bill Schuffenhauer, a pusher for the USA 3 bobsled, which starts four-man competition Friday, was detained and questioned by Canadian police Wednesday night.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- It's not the way top U.S. driver Steve Holcomb wanted to move up, but the crash of Canada's top two-man bobsled Saturday left Holcomb's team in fourth place and in sight of breaking a U.S. two-man bobsled medal drought that dates to 1952.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- The controversial track at the Whistler Sliding Centre -- where Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a crash last Friday -- was again stirring debate after seven bobsleds crashed on the first day of two-man training. But despite the requests of some athletes and coaches, course officials say they have no plans to adjust the ice on the track.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Four years ago, Lindsey Vonn limped to the start of the Olympic Downhill in the mountains north of Turin, Italy, deeply in pain from a terrifying training crash that left her lower back and hip bruised and sore. She was a shell of the dynamic racer who was a threat to medal in the race (or win it), but she skied anyway, and finished a game but disappointed eighth.
An investigation blames the fatal high-speed crash on his error at a turn - not on a track problem
The luge track on which a Georgian athlete died during an Olympic training run will reopen Saturday after officials found it had no deficiencies, the Vancouver Olympic committee and International Luge Federation said.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Alpine skiers are great waiters. Not that kind of waiter (although sometimes that kind, too, because if you're not at the highest level of the sport, like Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller, you sometimes need another job, too; but that's a different discussion). Waiters. As in: They are very experienced at waiting.
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- At just before noon on Thursday, Thomas Vonn was sitting in a mountainside media center talking to two reporters, waiting out a snow delay in what would be the first official Olympic training session for his wife, Lindsey. A voice crackled from Vonn's portable radio, the type that ski racing coaches wear to communicate from various points on and around the mountains.
Everybody says it: This year I'm going to get in shape.
"It's fun to have medical marijuana once in a while," says the Grammy-winner
Admit it, runners: When you're on the fifth mile of your fourth run of the week and there's nothing but you, the summer heat and 5 more miles to go, things can get a bit ... boring.
These lists are not mere compilations of all-time bests in their respective sports but all-time bests at quickening the pulse and evoking a visceral response from those fortunate enough to have witnessed their artistry.
Jordan Hasay has never had a major haircut. "Just trims," said the 17-year-old distance runner from Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo, Calif. "It's kind of my trademark."
Alaska Governor talks trash on running, moose butt and her "trough of makeup"
"He motivates me,: she tells PEOPLE of her model boyfriend, "so it's a good relationship!"
The Tony-winning actress turned to exercise to shed pounds after birth of son via a surrogate
It is a boarding pass unlike any other. It's a memory of a day that nearly was his last on earth.
Passengers aboard US Air Flight 1549 retrieve belongings they didn't expect to see again. CNN's Mary Snow reports.
Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter dies after a treadmill accident. In a CNN exclusive, Larry King has more.
The 4-year-old daughter of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson died Tuesday, a day after she was injured in a treadmill accident at her home, police in Phoenix, Arizona, said.
How did the star lose nearly 50 pounds to slip into something sexy?
Amanda Wagner and Jessica Tuttle turn 50 this year, but they're not letting age hold them back from their favorite exercise: running. They've been lacing up their running shoes since their teens and show few signs of slowing down. Research on older runners suggests they may not have to.
Age doesn't have to be the deciding factor in how long we enjoy running as CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
The Baltimore headquarters of sports apparel maker Under Armour don't look much like the offices of a technology company. The walls are covered with posters of professional athletes such as the New York Giants' Brandon Jacobs and the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis, wearing tough, menacing expressions. There's a treadmill in the hallway. In one workspace, in front of the cubicles, a football-throwing machine spits out short passes on a ribbon of AstroTurf.
Sebastian Coe is one of the greatest middle-distance runners ever to step foot on to an athletics track. There are few people better qualified to comment on the talent and effort it takes to become a world beater. Here he gives CNN his views of Haile Gebrselassie.
If you want taxpayer money, you better lend it out.
I am training for a half-marathon in January 2010. I have lost 50 pounds and still need to lose 50 more. I don't know where to set my calorie allowance to lose weight but still fuel my body for my running schedule. I am running 3 short runs (3-4 miles) and 2 long runs (6-8 miles) per week, at a pace of 11 minutes per mile. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!!
At 5 a.m. on any given day, Anne Mahlum could be found running the dark streets of Philadelphia -- with homeless men cheering her on as she passed their shelter. But one morning last spring, she stopped in her tracks.
CNN Hero Anne Mahlum describes the troubling moment in her teens when she turned to running for comfort.
What appears to be a separated human foot inside a shoe -- possibly the sixth discovered in Canada's British Columbia in the past 15 months -- has been found on a riverbank, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday.
The office of Ashley Brown and T.J. Gray is littered with what could be relics from some eclectic sporting-goods museum.
Throughout the history of the Olympics, athletes have used the Games as a stage to shine. But a special few have seized the moment -- sometimes several moments -- and enthralled us with their feats.
BEIJING -- In the belly of the Bird's Nest past midnight, Usain Bolt emerged from a room where drug testing is done, having delivered the samples that might someday say as much about his performance as his winning time. He stepped into a wide hallway where giddy Olympic volunteers beseeched his autograph and his picture. He scribbled again and again, attaching his name to scraps of paper and to shirts, to programs and to credentials hanging from lanyards and surely they would have stayed all night with him.
BEIJING -- Kara Goucher put on a strong face for the media after finishing 10th in the 10,000. But her words were devastating. She admitted that, 13 laps into the race, when the burn started creeping over her legs, she let the thought of her next race, the 5000 on Tuesday, creep into her mind: I've got another shot, she thought, so why take any more pain? And then she drifted out of contention.
A new study suggests that avid runners enjoy better health than non-exercisers -- and that the benefits endure for years
Some researchers have speculated that women are physically better suited to run longer distances faster than men. A sports scientist discusses the possibility
It's the season when the red-winged blackbird nests and the males are particularly aggressive. Just ask joggers and bikers and traumatized children
Formula One drivers spend a lot of time talking about the gym and going jogging.
Running a business with more than 300 locations worldwide keeps Charlene Begley in perpetual motion. A company vet who led Plastics for two years before helping GE (No. 6 on the 500) sell the unit last May, Begley has always had a packed travel schedule.
Two years ago, Tim Lenczowski dreaded walking from the parking lot into his office.
Tim Lenczowski took up running and lost 120 pounds. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Fit Nation share I-Report success stories
They might be the apple of your eye, but chances are, they're the reason the apple pie is sticking to your thighs! That's right, our kids are making us fatter. Well, actually, less fit. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied 525 adults and found that although marriage has almost no effect on how much time men or women exercised, having children does.
CNN's Judy Fortin looks at a study that shows becoming a parent makes you exercise less.
Editor's note: This story was originally published in October 2002, and is now being published to our online archive.
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 3. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. For more essays, click here.
Someday there will be healing. There is always healing in the end. Ryan Shay died in Central Park six days ago during the U.S. Olympic marathon trials and he will be laid to rest Sunday in his native northern Michigan. That is a place, he often told his coaches and training partners, where he dreamed of building a cabin in the woods and living quietly with his family when his professional running career was over.
It began like a scary story: A dark and gloomy Saturday morning, the remnants of Hurricane Noel sending paper careening down Fifth Avenue like tumbleweed at the feet of the 134 men who were about to vie for a spot running the marathon in the Beijing Olympics.
Three runners took seats at a press conference table late Saturday morning. In the middle was Ryan Hall, 25, who had just delivered a transcendent performance in winning the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials. On a relentlessly hilly Central Park course, Hall had run the second half of his race in a withering one hour, two minutes and 45 seconds and finished in a Trials record of 2:09:02, validating his position as the most promising young distance runner in the country and potentially the first native-born U.S. runner to challenge the best marathoners in the world in more than two decades. He had run the last quarter mile shaking his fists and waving to the crowd gathered on the finishing slope.
Top distance runner Ryan Shay died during the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials Saturday after collapsing about 5 1/2 miles into the race. He was 28
Growing evidence suggests that pollutants in car exhaust may trigger heart attacks
This story originally appeared in the Dec. 8, 1997 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Twenty-six musings on the just-completed world track and field championships, one year out from the Beijing Olympic Games.
NEW YORK -- You know this sensation. You shuffle through a drawer, come upon an old photo. Maybe it's from a decade ago, maybe longer, and you can't help but stop: Is that what I looked like then? You might remember what you were thinking when the shutter snapped. You might even know the way you were. But one good thing about being an obscure person, unwatched and unknown by millions, is that you know this moment will soon pass. You'll slip the photo back into the envelope, shove it to the back of the drawer. The slightly disturbing feeling that comes with staring at a younger version of yourself will fade. And your life will go on.
The world track and field championships begin here Saturday morning. Eight matchups I'm looking forward to seeing:
OSAKA, Japan -- Late Saturday night at Osaka Nagai Stadium, a cauldron of dead-still heat and humidity, 29-year-old veteran U.S. distance runner Kara Goucher won a bronze medal in the women's 10,000-meter run at the world track and field championships. It was a performance of considerable historical weight -- just the fifth medal by a U.S. woman in a distance running event, and the first in 15 years in the 10K -- yet from a plastic seat above the finish line, Goucher's coach saw something larger.
Deer hunting could be a dangerous endeavor for men with heart disease or risk factors for it, research findings suggest.
See his distinctive stride and you could read a chapter of Haile Gebrselassie's life, the telltale peek at the world's greatest living distance runner, blowing through Central Park, then Times Square and the streets of Gotham as the Ethiopian legend ran away with the New York Half Marathon on Sunday morning.
Proper running shoes
Julie Beverly runs about 20 miles a week. While her workouts are helping to tone her body, they're also wearing down the soles of her sneakers. "The shoes are starting to bow on the sides because they're so old," says Beverly. "Actually, they're making the back of my ankle hurt."
So you fancy yourself as a long-distance runner? Here's how to unleash your inner athlete.
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Working 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as an emergency room doctor makes it difficult for Stuart Rasch to eat anything but takeout food, but he's trying to put an end to that.
At 8 o'clock on a Sunday morning, New Jersey's Ocean City boardwalk is humming. Bikes and surreys, their striped awnings fluttering, coax a percussive tune out of the weathered boards.
Like her four fellow "New You Revolution" participants, Leigh Ann Raynor is recording regular journal entries documenting her efforts to break bad habits over the program's eight-week run.
German athletic shoemaker Adidas-Salomon AG is preparing to come out with a $250 pair of running shoes, pushing prices for the product to a new level, according to a published report.
During the eight weeks of the New You Resolution program, participants are keeping a journal. Experts recommend journal-keeping in helping to set goals and implement action for change. Below are excerpts from participant Michael Kirkbride's journal from the past week, with the most current at the top.
Britain's Paula Radcliffe has been officially ratified as world record holder in three distances after athletics' world governing body, the International Association of Athletic Federations, announced that they are to recognize road running and race walking performances.
Think, for a minute, about what goals are. At the most basic level, they're wants. Not wants like "I want a Coke." Or "I want to see that new Richard Gere movie." They're bigger than that. They're ...
Designers on sale: Sample sales, where manufacturers unload overstock and samples at the end of the season, allow even underpaid editorial assistants in the fashion press to dress like the people t...
Veronique Roger, a consultant in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine, is running late, but I hardly notice. I'm fascinated by the photo of two identical-looking beef dinners on the wall. ...
Let's face it: The peds seem peppier in the latest aerodynamic, mondo- cushioned, custom-pumped and, yes, priciest running shoes. So you drop the big bucks for Nike's top-of-the-line Air Max ($130)...
THERE'S NOTHING more quickly forgotten than a sports hero,'' said Billy Kidd, who in 1964 became the first American male Alpine skier to win an Olympic medal. Not so for the top executives on these...
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