Michigan Today has a video and brief article on long-time Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball (1959, 1960MA). Many will remember that Kimball had an illustrious diving career, including winning the NCAA springboard championships (1 and 3 meter) in 1957 and the professional world diving championship in 1963. (Professional diving? Yep.)
Kimball coached diving at Michigan from 1958 (Fritz Crisler hired him!) through 2002 and coached the 1964, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic diving teams. Kimball was a member of Michigan's 1957-59 NCAA championship swimming and diving teams.
Kimball's son Bruce was an Olympian whose career largely tracked Greg Louganis's - unfortunately Bruce was involved in a horrible automobile accident (Bruce was at fault) that overshadowed an illustrious diving career of his own. Bruce won a silver medal in 1984. [Edit - had it as 1992 in original]
Other notable Olympians under Kimball's direct coaching included gold medalists Bob Webster (1960 and 1964), Micki King (1972), Phil Boggs (1976) and Mark Lenzi (1992). Kimball was a fixture around Ann Arbor throughout his coaching career, and by the looks of the video is still coming in at about a 9.5 out of 10 on the Red Berenson I May Be Seventy-Something Years Old But I Can Still Kick Your Ass, Son Scale (RBIMBS-SYOBICSKYAS Scale - for short).
Kimball was a strong proponent of women's swimming and diving, and volunteered as an assistant coach after his retirement.
A nice salute to a great member of the Michigan family. And the video is terrific, showing he's still a great athlete. [Edit - now with embed!]
U-M started a web page with an interactive map with the changes they're planning for the various facilities on South Campus.
As we relentlessly strive to be the Leaders and Best, we must continue to challenge ourselves to be better. We want our student-athletes to have the best facilities and resources. We want to compete for championships in all 29 sports. Embracing this challenge, we took a look at every facility and every sport and identified the greatest priorities. We have now created a comprehensive plan that will impact all of our student-athletes and elevate Michigan Athletics to a new level of excellence. Our plan is called South Campus.
With the cool map here-
The Walk of Champions intrigues me, making the area more unified and traversable.
WOOOOOOOOOO!!! U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
Saturday in Tokyo the US U-20 WNT beat Germany 1-0 to win the Cup. It was the only goal Germany allowed in the whole tournament (record shutout streak of 610 minutes). Just before the half right back Crystal Dunn had a great run up the right side, beating a defender and sending a cross into the box, and F Kealia Ohai put it home. G Bryane Heaberlin and the team did a great job of keeping the Germans from scoring. (They had scored at least 3 goals in 4 of their 6 games, including a 3-0 win over the US.)
Captain defender Julie Johnston won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player.
Prior to the final, Japan won 3rd place by beating Nigeria 2-1.
Great job by our young women, and how sweet to get payback on Germany in the final!
Other US Soccer games:
Tu 9/11 @ 8PM ET on ESPN2 & 3 - MNT needs to get payback against Jamaica in Columbus.
Su 9/16 @ 3:30 PM ET on NBC - WNT has first friendly againt Australia in Carson, CA.
W 9/19 @ 10 PM ET on EPSN2 & 3 - WNT second friendly against Australia in Commerce City, CO. Pia Sundhage's last game as US coach.
Sundhage talks to USSoccer.com about coaching the WNT in the Olympics:
Very important away match vs Jamaica tonight for the US Mens team. Donovan and Bradley are out with injuries, so some others may have to pick up the slack.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)
My ideal lineup for tonight:
But I can almost garuntee that we put two holding mids on to start the game (probably Beckerman) in place of Shea.
The US U-20 WNT beat Nigeria 2-0 and will face defending champ Germany in the final on Sat morning (6:10 ET on ESPNU).
Nigeria had a great chance early when Francisca Ordega got behind the D on a long ball. Bryane Haeberlin came out to challenge at the top of the box and got nutmegged, but the shot was just wide.
Morgan Brian was left unmarked at 22' and scored on a header off a cross from Mollie Pathman.
At 52' Desire Oparanozie almost equalized, but was called offside.
Kealia Ohai got the insurance at 70' after a nice pass from Samantha Mewis.
Germany was rude to host Japan, scoring the first goal at 57s, on the way to a 3-0 win. So far they haven't given up a goal. They beat the US 3-0 in group play. Hopefully the final will be a good game and a better result for us. Go USA!!!
US reactions vid
US Soccer vid: MNT begins training in S. Florida
Saturday afternoon the USWNT started their fan tribute tour by snacking on Costa Rica 8-0 in Rochester, NY. More on that in a bit.
Before the game coach Pia Sundhage told the team that she's stepping down as coach (after the games against Australia) to go home to Sweden, where they need a coach. Good luck to her in her pursuit of that job (just not against us, if and when we meet). In her five years as US coach, the team got two Olympic golds and a World Cup silver inbetween. (USSoccer link.) She will be missed. Hopefully the next coach can get the team to win a world cup, which the US hasn't done since 1999.
Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring at 13', and Abby Wambach got the next two (24', 32'), getting her career international total to 145. Alex Morgan scored at 38', and Rapinoe got her 2nd goal at 45'. Sub Sydney Leroux scored at 77', Carli Lloyd at 84', and sub Heather O'Reilly at 89'.
It could have been worse: Costa Rica's keeper had 6 saves in the first 20-25 min, finishing with 12.
The USWNT plays Australia in Carson, CA on Sun Sep 16 (3:30 PM ET on NBC), then again in Commerce City, CO on Wed Sep 19 (10 PM ET ON ESPN2 & 3).
The U-20 WNT made the semis of the U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan by beating N Korea 2-1 in extra time. (Recap link.) They face Nigeria on Tu 9/4 @ 3 AM ET on ESPNU (& -3). Japan plays Germany at 6:30 AM ET. Third place and final games are on Sat 9/8 at 2:30 AM ET and 6:20 AM ET.
On topic: U-M had three players involved, but none for the US. Sophomore Christina Murillo played with Mexico, which got eliminated by Nigeria in the quarters. Juniors Nkem Ezurike and Shelina Zadorsky played for Canada, which did not make it out of group play.
/OT - The MNT plays Jamaica twice in World Cup qualifiers: Fri 9/7 in Kingston, Jamaica at 8 PM ET (on beIN SPORT, whatever that is - I'm sure there will be a stream somewhere) and again on Tu 9/11 in Columbus, OH at 8 PM ET (on ESPN2 & 3).
Goalies: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Sean Johnson & Nick Rimando
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Geoff Cameron, Steve Cherundolo, Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson, Fabian Johnson, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, & Jonathan Spector
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Joe Corona, Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea, Jose Torres, Danny Williams, & Graham Zusi
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Clint Dempsey, & Herculez Gomez