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 […]

Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Summer Olympics

BUENOS AIRES — Tokyo was chosen as the “safe pair of hands” to host the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sept. 14, beating Istanbul and Madrid at the International Olympic Committee’s general session in Buenos Aires. The Japanese capital will be the first Asian city to host the Olympics twice, having also hosted the 1964 Games. […]

AAPI Olympic medalists

Kyla Ross Gymnastics Women’s Team: Gold Nathan Adrian Swimming Men’s 100m Freestyle: Gold Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay: Silver Natalie Coughlin Swimming Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay: Bronze Lia Neal Swimming Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay: Bronze Clarissa Chun Weightlifting Women’s 48kg Freestyle: Bronze Upcoming Events Paige McPherson Taekwondo Women’s -67kg: Preliminary Round versus Sarah Stevenson of the […]

COMMENTARY: ‘Japadog’ Racial Slur at Olympics

“Japadog,” a Japanese style hotdog stand in Vancouver promoted by a Japan-based company, garnered widespread American media due to NBC’s Olympic TV coverage, including on Sacramento station KCRA 3, on Feb. 28. Complaints about the racial slur “Jap” started popping up around the country, including at the Northern California and National JACL offices. The Florin […]

Can Olympian Mirai Nagasu be the Future of Figure Skating?

With the 2010 Winter Olympics less than a week away, the United States will once again set their hopes on another Japanese American figure skater to bring home a medal. Nearly 18 years after Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold, Mirai Nagasu will compete in the women’s figure skating competition at the Vancouver Games. The 16-year-old […]

Ohno Eyes Record-Setting Medal Haul

The Vancouver Olympic Games will feature four events in men’s short-track speedskating. Apolo Anton Ohno will race in all of them. Win a medal in just one, and he will have garnered the most of any American male athlete to compete in the Winter Games. Win two medals, and he will be the most decorated […]

Olympian’s Field of Dreams in Fremont: Kristi Yamaguchi Envisions New Playground in Fremont Hometown

FREMONT, Calif. — Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi’s longtime dream of a playground where children with and without disabilities can play freely together is getting closer to reality. Construction began this summer on the Always Dream PlayPark, located at Central Park in Fremont. It is scheduled to open in early December. “Seeing that construction is […]

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