Catching up with Vancouver Olympians

The following is an excerpt from an article posted at TeamUSA.org:

Vancouver Olympians aren’t sipping Mai Tais on the veranda. Well, maybe they are. But several of the medalists are participating in everything from golf tournaments to poker championships.

Bode Miller is at a golf course near Hartford, Connecticut, today competing in the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament. Held prior to the competition rounds of the Travelers Championship, a PGA Tour event, the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am brings Hollywood personalities and sports legends together for a round on the links. Bode will tee up with fellow celebrities such as singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, actor Joe Pesci, New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, two-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller, and former New England Patriots Quarterback Doug Flutie.

Will the Olympic gold medal skier fare better on the fairway than he did on the tennis court earlier this month (at a U.S. Open qualifier)?

And who knew Kelly Clark played golf? On July 12, the Olympic snowboarding gold and bronze medalist will host a golf tournament to raise money for her foundation. The Kelly Clark Foundation Golf Tourney will be held at the Mount Snow Golf Course in Dover, Vermont. It’s a four-person best-ball scramble with a dinner and awards banquet to follow.

The Kelly Clark Foundation provides kids with the resources and opportunities to attend mountain schools and pursue their dreams in snowboarding.

At the end of August, Bode will host his own tennis and golf fundraiser. BodeBash10, Aug. 21-22 at Miller’s family’s tennis camp in Easton, New Hampshire, is a tennis and golf event that raises money for the Turtle Ridge Foundation, which supports progressive environmental initiatives and youth athletic opportunities.

In another sort of competition, Vancouver triple medalist and three-time overall World Cup alpine skiing champion Lindsey Vonn is in the running for the 2010 Female Athlete Teen Choice Award.

Vonn, who is currently in Austria for a three-week dryland training block, urged her vans to vote with a Facebook status update: “Ok, I need your help. I found out I am nominated for a Teen Choice Award under the category ‘Choice Female Athlete.’ It only takes a sec. If you vote maybe we have a shot at winning this thing! Oh and you can vote more than once.”

Her competition in the Female Athlete category is Candice Parker (basketball), Serena Williams (tennis), Danica Patrick (racecar) and Misty May Treanor (beach volleyball).

Winners will receive surfboards, which is something that double silver medalist Julia Mancuso could use. Mancuso lives in Maui. Except she is on her way to London today to see a friend and catch some tennis at Wimbledon. Maybe she will make it in time to see the marathon Isner-Mahut match, currently at 52 games a piece in the fifth set.

Shaun White, Hannah Teter, and injured snowboarder Kevin Pearce were also nominated for the Teen Choice Awards.
Voting is open now at http://www.teenchoiceawards.com and fans can vote once per day, everyday, until the Aug. 9 show at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

White was slated to compete in Boston, Massachusetts, this weekend. Not in snowboarding but in skateboarding. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was scheduled to compete in the Skate Open ISF Skateboarding World Championships, the first event of the five-stop Dew Tour 2010, at Boston’s TD Garden. But The New York Times reported that he injured his left ankle while training. Rather than riding the pipe on wheels, he will be in NBC’s broadcast booth.

Almost as wild, Billy Demong is competing in a head-to-head rollerski sprint down The Strip in Las Vegas on July 5. Or so he told me. Demong said that a Norwegian TV station is sponsoring the event, and it will feature Norwegian cross-country-ski phenom Petter Northug, who won four medals at the Vancouver Olympics including gold in the men’s 50km and team sprint. The head-to-head rollerski race leads up to the World Series of Poker championship that starts July 5.

Northug is playing poker, or so claims Demong. But the American Nordic combined champion is not. He will hit the jackpot the following weekend when he weds Katie Koczynski, whom he proposed to the night he won his gold medal in Whistler.

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