FAST PITCH: Five more to watch

Here are five more athletes of Asian descent to watch. Ashima Shiraishi, rock climber, USAAlready one of the premier rock climbers in the world at just 18, Shiraishi has been a competitive climber since she was just seven years old. Known for her bouldering and lead climbing abilities, she is perhaps most famous for her […]

Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games

TOKYO — Amid a shifting cultural landscape, a handful of talented multiracial athletes are among some of Japan’s best chances to reach the podium at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and consequently draw attention to an often ignored yet growing segment of the country’s population. At the top of that list is tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, […]

Kim wins halfpipe to continue U.S. snowboard supremacy

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Chloe Kim won her first Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at the Pyeongchang Games on Feb. 12 by blowing away her opponents with a near-perfect score in the women’s halfpipe. Kim sealed the win when China’s Liu Jiayu failed to top the American’s first score of 93.75 points on her third […]

Jumping into the history books

A piece of figure skating history was written in the women’s free skate when Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition Feb. 12. Nagasu, 24, finished with a 137.53 overall score, second-best of the women’s free skate, giving the U.S. nine points in the team competition. “Four […]

Asian Americans named to 2018 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team

Several Asian American skaters have been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, U.S. Figure Skating announced Jan. 7-8. They will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as part of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. The women’s singles team consists of Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen. Bradie Tennell, […]

Japanese American judo legend to visit Japan for 2nd Tokyo Olympics at age 100

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A second-generation Japanese American man who coaches judo in California is hoping to return to Japan for his second Tokyo Olympics in 2020 when he will be 100 years old. Yoshihiro Uchida, who took part in the 1964 Games in Tokyo as coach of the U.S. judo team, still trains judoka […]

REFLECTING UPON A GOLDEN MOMENT: Olympic icon Kristi Yamaguchi prepares for 25th anniversary performances

At first glance, this was like any other morning at the Dublin Iceland ice rink in the Bay Area. Dozens of young figure skaters were carving up the ice, diligently practicing their spins and turns while dreaming of becoming the next Michelle Kwan, Yuna Kim or Kristi Yamaguchi. But if you looked a little closer, […]

2-time Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies at 85

NEW YORK — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Tommy Kono died April 24 in Honolulu due to complications from liver disease, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. He was 85. Kono won gold medals at the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952 and in Melbourne in 1956, and captured six World Championship titles. He set 26 world, seven […]

The history and legacy of ‘ragtag’ plantation kids who became national champion swimmers

THE THREE-YEAR SWIM CLUB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MAUI’S SUGAR DITCH KIDS AND THEIR QUEST FOR OLYMPIC GLORY By Julie Checkoway (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2015, 432 pp., $27, hardcover) My favorite Southern California bookstore is in Santa Barbara. Although located in a commonplace strip mall on the outskirts of this picturesque, Spanish-themed resort […]

Wagner deserved Olympic spot over Nagasu

Controversy recently erupted when on Jan. 12 U.S. Figure Skating gave the last spot on its three-member women’s Olympic team to Ashley Wagner — who fell twice at the national championships in Boston — over Mirai Nagasu, who finished in third place at nationals with Wagner in fourth. It was the first time the USFS […]

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