Category Archives: track and field

Monday Myriad, April 21: Meb’s marathon

This year’s Boston Marathon was full of inspirational stories. We knew that. We didn’t know one of them would be the first American man to win since 1983. Meb Keflezighi wasn’t born in the USA, but through a long and … Contin...

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Monday Myriad, March 10: USA and Ukraine celebrate

Through three days of the Paralympics, host Russia unsurprisingly has a huge lead in the medal count with 24 medals, 7 gold. Tied for second with 7 medals is the USA and the inspiring team from Ukraine. The U.S. track … Continue reading →...

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Medal projections: Stats vs. subjectivity

Can we really come up with a statistical model for projecting Olympic medals? I’ve often joked that I want to be the Nate Silver of Olympic medal projections. But Nate knows a lot more about stats than I do — … Continue reading &ra...

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Testing a hypothesis on running

I think there’s a relationship between the amount of running someone does in high school (and earlier) and the amount of running one does as an adult.┬áThis is an obviously unscientific survey to test that hypothesis. Defining the question: If ...

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Woly Award: LaShawn Merritt, track and field

LaShawn Merritt won the 2008 gold medal in the highly competitive 400 meters. He followed it up with a world title in 2009. Then the troubles began. He tested positive for a substance that he attributed to the drug ExtenZe. … Continue reading ...

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How not to hold a press conference, C. Jeter edition

Before the actual soccer started, the most entertaining thing I saw at a 2011 Women’s World Cup venue was a press conference that included one Sepp Blatter and a couple of other dignitaries of varying connections to women’s soccer. They &...

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Woly Award: Tyson Gay, again

This is only the sixth week of the Woly Award, the reincarnation of the U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Week honors I used to do for USA TODAY, and we already have our first repeat winner. Tyson Gay won it … Continue reading →...

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Woly Award: Double-distance hurdler rules NCAAs

Stanford’s Kori Carter set an NCAA record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles (video) with a time of 53.21, also the fastest in the world this year. By a large margin. The second-best time of the year was set six days … Continue readi...

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