'We'll find out who has the most heart and passion.' Tennessee sophomore Courtney McDaniel, on playing undefeated Connecticut in the women's basketball Final Four tonight.
Tennessee, Duke, and Oklahoma have everything it takes to win a national championship talented players, smart coaches, ambition, and drive. They also have a problem. The other team in this women's Final Four is Connecticut.
That would be unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Connecticut, with four All-Americans in its lineup, a team so skilled that it's being talked about as perhaps the best of all time.
Tennessee (29-4) is the next team to get a shot at stopping the Huskies (37-0). They'll meet in the second national semifinal tonight in San Antonio. Oklahoma (31-3) plays Duke (31-3) in the first game. The championship game is Sunday night.
Tennessee sophomore Courtney McDaniel believes the Lady Vols have a legitimate shot at beating Connecticut.
"I really think these are the two best teams in the country," she said.
Some former Olympic medal-winners fade into obscurity, some see their likeness on cereal boxes and make a lot of money, and some see their fame as a way to help others.
Richard Fosbury, whose "Fosbury flop" revolutionized high jumping in the 1960s, is promoting Olympic ideals such as good health and physical fitness through the Athens-based World Association of Olympic Winners, which he serves as secretary general. (Mr. Fosbury's technique, clearing the bar by going over backward instead of straddling it, won him a gold medal in 1968 in Mexico City.)
But, Fosbury, a civil engineer in Ketchum, Idaho, says he'd like to do more. For example, he wants to help develop sports programs for kids. Fosbury is codirector of a week-long track-and-field summer camp at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for high school-age athletes.
"Sports," he says, "help to make a balanced, whole person." He also advises coaches on how to talk to their athletes about handling fame.