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USA Boxing Hits Low Point At London Games With No Men's Medals For First Time
Published August 8, 2012
WAYS TO GET BACK: SI.com's Chris Mannix wrote the first "medal-less Olympics in U.S. men's boxing history completed the bottoming out of a once-elite program." Fixing USA Boxing "won't be easy, but there are a few simple places to start." The steps include selecting a coach, incorporate fighters' personal coaches, participate in more global events and embracing former Olympians. But as USA Boxing "sinks to its nadir, there are reasons to be optimistic." For one, fiscal responsibility "has been restored." USA Boxing Exec Dir Anthony Bartkowski in '10 "inherited a program that had a $1.8 million deficit the year before." That deficit in '11 "was reduced to $313,000 and by the end of this year Bartkowski hopes to have it under six figures." Despite being "shut out of a medal, the U.S. qualified in 12 of the 13 weight classes, more than any other country" (SI.com, 8/7).
BEACH BUMMED? In Denver, Mark Kiszla writes, "The Olympic flame is eternal, but the world of sports now changes so fast, you're either trending or dead." On the night boxing in America "got knocked to the canvas and counted out as irrelevant," Leverette said that he was going to "go home, turn on the TV and watch beach volleyball." Leverette: "It's all about the ratings. It's a TV world" (DENVER POST, 8/8).