It's still on the Pacific Rim; it's just not a Sports Summit anymore. A large chunk of the core program of Seattle's ill-fated Pacific Rim...
It’s still on the Pacific Rim; it’s just not a Sports Summit anymore.
A large chunk of the core program of Seattle’s ill-fated Pacific Rim Sports Summit will take place as scheduled next month in San Diego and Chula Vista, Calif.
The Pac Rim Summit’s former youth basketball, women’s softball and volleyball competitions will take place in California from June 7-12, drawing 252 athletes from six countries, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced yesterday.
The basketball competition, pitting 33 of the nation’s top male prep players against young national squads from Canada, China, New Zealand and Russia, will be at San Diego State University. Under-19 American women hoopsters will square off against national teams from Australia, China and Russia in a tournament now billed as a warmup to the 2005 International Basketball world championship in Tunisia in July.
The softball tournament, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, will match the gold-medal U.S. squad against China, Canada and Australia. Men’s indoor volleyball will take place at Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus.
As had been previously announced, another Sports Summit high-profile event, track and field, will be June 11 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York, proposed site of track and field events for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Officials with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Seattle Organizing Committee, former partners in the Pacific Rim Summit, which was to bring 900 athletes from nine countries to Seattle-area venues in early June, still haven’t announced how many creditors were left unpaid — or who is responsible for paying them — after the event collapsed financially last month.
USOC officials said all loose ends were the responsibility of the Seattle committee, headed by Bob Walsh, a longtime sports promoter and Olympic-event organizer. The SOC, which earlier had threatened legal action against the USOC, apparently has disbanded.
Walsh still has not commented on the collapse of the event. Ticketholders are reminded to seek refunds where they bought their tickets before the end of this week.
Local skiers aim for TurinThe 2006 U.S. ski team will be one of the best-stocked ever for a winter heading into an Olympic Games, and the roster is full of skiers with Northwest roots.
The men’s “A” team, announced this week and headed by World Cup overall champion Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., also includes slalom specialist and Cashmere native Tom Rothrock, 26, of Spokane, and Dane Spencer, 27, of Boise. The “A” team is essentially the travel squad for World Cup events, and members have an inside edge on berths for the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
The men’s “B” squad, whose members compete in some World Cup events, includes speed-events skier Scott Macartney, 27, of Redmond, and promising newcomer Paul McDonald, 20, of Bellevue. Named to the “C” squad are Evan Weiss, 21, of Seattle; Erik Fisher, 20, of Eagle, Idaho; and Kevin Francis, 22, of Bend, Ore.
Rothrock, Macartney and Spencer are veterans of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The Turin Olympic squad will be announced next winter.
The women’s team roster includes “A” team skier Libby Ludlow, 23, of Bellevue, “C” team skier Keely Kelleher, 20, of Big Sky, Mont.; and developmental team racer Jilyne McDonald, 19, of Bellevue.
Overall, the U.S. team finished second in the Nations Cup — its highest ranking ever — in the past World Cup season. Miller’s overall title was the first for an American since 1983, when Tamara McKinney and Yakima’s Phil Mahre each brought one home. Miller also won the Super-G title, giving him three World Cup crowns in two years (he won the GS title in ’04.)
Miller will be in the spotlight at the Turin Games. But don’t be surprised if another U.S. superstar emerges there: 20-year-old rising star downhill racer Lindsey Kildow of Vail, Colo.
2012 race enters home stretchParis and London are in a neck-and-neck race to secure the bid for the 2012 Summer Games, says Around The Rings, an Olympic trade publication, which has compared all the bid city’s proposals in detail.
New York trails, but remains in the game, says ATR’s Ed Hula, who adds that any trouble the city might have finalizing a plan for its proposed Olympic Stadium next month likely would be its death knell.
In a comprehensive “Power Index” compiled by granting a score of 1-10 in 11 categories including venue plans, transportation, security, public support, marketing, ambiance and accommodations, Hula gives Paris a razor-thin edge, with a total score of 86 out of a possible 110. London rates an 85, New York 77, Madrid 75, and Moscow 66.
The 2012 bid winner will be announced by the International Olympic Committee July 6.
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