A new track circuit, some beach volleyball news and a cute dog from Sochi are in the Myriad wrap this week.
Best U.S. team performance/clincher of a berth in 2016 Champions Trophy:
— USA Field Hockey (@USAFieldHockey) May 5, 2014
Best roundup of a neglected competition format: The year in college track and field dual meets, from DailyRelay.com.
Best roundup of the rest of the track and field world: Again, DailyRelay.com, which has a few words to explain why Meb Keflegizhi’s Boston win wasn’t a shock, an upset that could shake up the LaShawn Merritt-Kirani James rivalry in the men’s 400, a stunning U.S. performance in the men’s 5,000, the bewildering application of justice in the Tyson Gay doping case, Christian Cantwell’s rebound from 2013 in the shot put … just read the whole thing. We’ll wait.
Most accessible track circuit debut: Fans are close to the action in the new American Track League. Music by Velveteen Playboys — that’s Friend of SportsMyriad Paul Souza in the awesome suit.
Boldest women’s sports projection:
Pro hockey league flourishing/Olympic gold 4 non-North American team: "Where do you c ur sport in next 10 years? 20 years? #WSFCELEBRATES40”
— Angela Ruggiero (@AngelaRuggiero) May 2, 2014
Best fencing performance by a three-time Olympian and two-time gold medalist:
Olympian Mariel Zagunis wins the Korfanty Cup saber competition http://t.co/3U8sOgHYW4
— Oregonian Sports (@OregonianSports) May 5, 2014
The women’s team took silver, beating Ukraine in the semis and losing to Russia in the final.
Biggest U.S. beach volleyball event: July’s ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball combines the competitive heft of an FIVB event with some uniquely American trappings.
Worst spelling of “unforced”:
We just got our butts kicked by Brazil. It hurts. Too many enforced errors. Lots of learning to do!… http://t.co/0XzsTCBnro
— Kerri Walsh Jennings (@kerrileewalsh) May 3, 2014
Cutest dog: Lindsey Jacobellis already had a dog before she left for the 2014 Olympics. That’s the one on the right. The one on the left is named Sochi, for obvious reasons. (HT: For The Win)
Worst undying controversy: So it wasn’t the suits that caused the US Speedskating flop in Sochi! It was altitude training, skate polishing, and the fact that the skaters weren’t used to … well, the suits.
Least surprising world champion:
China sweeps World Team Table Tennis Championships: TOKYO, May 5 — China overcame the shock upse… http://t.co/dHJrHDfMgj <–Full Story
— Malaysian Daily News (@malaysiandaily) May 5, 2014
The U.S. women finished tied for 21st; the men were tied for 49th. Full recap and videos.
Best ongoing Hollywood love affair with an Olympic sport: Archery isn’t just for the Hunger Games films.
— USA Archery (@USAArchery) May 5, 2014
Best conversation about darts:
@carriesparkle that's a combat sport
— Reda Maher (@Reda_Eurosport) May 2, 2014
And finally, the most frightening training routine: Mo Farah running away from things, meet Mo Farah jumping over people …
— SPIKES (@spikesmag) May 3, 2014