How does a nation emerge from Olympic obscurity in a particular sport to become a gold medal winner several times over? In the case of Bulgaria, it was a training revolution that launched the East European country to weightlifting supremacy. Simple but groundbreaking at the time, the ‘Bulgarian Method’ ditched the old Soviet system of heavy lifting
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In January, 1977, William “Slew” Hester, President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), was flying into LaGuardia Airport when he spotted the old, disused Singer Bowl under a blanket of snow. …Read more
Situated in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO, Gleason’s Gym is the oldest active boxing gym in America. While it has changed locations several times over the past 80 years, …Read more
As the end of the summer approaches, so does the ‘Rocky Mountain Showdown’. Former University of Colorado (CU) basketball coach Joe Harrington stated that he would take recruits …Read more
Dr. Caroline Silby is a nationally-recognized expert on the development of young female athletes. She has worked on an individual basis with numerous Olympians …Read more
“The Oriole Way”, the tradition of excellence on the field as practiced by the Baltimore Orioles two generations ago, is still visible in the ballpark. The problem is that …Read more
The country that invented, codified and spread the most popular sport in the world surprisingly has only one World Cup victory. The year was 1966 …Read more
BOXING September 12, 2009 Russia tops the AIBA World Boxing Championships with a total of 8 medals. The highest level of amateur boxing next to the Olympics, the AIBA was first held in 1974 and is today a biennial competition of 10 different weight classes. Cuban heavyweight Felix Savon holds the record for most gold medals (6) at the AIBA.
BASEBALL September 9, 1999 Baseball pitcher Catfish Hunter dies at the age of 53 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Throwing from 1965 -1979, the North Carolina native spent his career playing for the Royals, Athletics and Yankees. A 5x World Series champ and 8x All-Star, Hunter was also known as baseball’s first big-money free agent.
FOOTBALL September 10, 1989 Five days after hitting a home run with the New York Yankees against the Seattle Mariners, Deion Sanders scores his first NFL touchdown in a return punt with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders played 14 seasons in the NFL during the period 1989-2005, but he also put in 9 seasons as a part-timer with MLB in 1989-2001.
TENNIS September 5, 1979 At 16 years and 9 months, Tracy Austin becomes the youngest singles champion at the US Open following her defeat of Chris Evert at the final. Over the next several years, the talented prodigy from California reached the quarterfinals & semifinals at the other three Grand Slams but chronic injuries forced her retirement in 1984.