The LA Times has an interesting yet lacking any indepth coverage of the 100 Day Countdown to Beijing. In an article in today's paper the times has an article profiling "10 U.S. athletes and events to watch in the next 100 days". The article doesn't break any new ground and covers the usual suspects that the media already has covered. One funny aspect was item number two of things to watch:
The remaining track athletes not caught in the BALCO steroids scandal.
In it's swimming coverage the article states:(direct copy and paste(
5Who will scoot in the suit?
Swim trials June 29-July 6 at Omaha.
The new Speedo LZR suit has triggered a cascade of world records this year and more could fall in Omaha. Forty-one records have been set, 19 long-course and 22 short-course.
Ryan Lochte of Gainesville, Fla., who specializes in the backstroke and individual medley, set four world short-course records. (The trials will be contested at the long-course distance, 50 meters.) Michael Phelps, who won six gold medals and two bronze medals in Athens, gets another shot at Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in one Games.
Gary Hall Jr., gold medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in 2000 and 2004, might not make the U.S. team because it's so deep in that event with world champion Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner and silver medalist Cullen Jones. Only two will go to Beijing.
6Who will scoot in the suit, women's division.
Southern California native Dara Torres, 41 and mother of a 2-year-old, became the first swimmer to compete in four Olympics when she won five medals at Sydney. She won the first of her nine medals in 1984, before many of her rivals were born. She ranks among the world leaders in the 50-meter freestyle and holds the American record.
This is probably the most ink the times has ran on swimming since the last summer games. Well actually besides the article on the Speedo Lzr a few weeks ago. It's a shame though that the times didn't look for more Southern California Olympic hopefuls in the story. Check out the full story and some nifty Reuters videos HERE