Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian

The best day in a job of a lifetime for White House press secretary and Royals fan Josh Earnest

White House press secretary Josh Earnest is a lifelong Royals fan

Maybe no one was happier to have them visit Thursday than the Barstow School graduate

Six months from the end of the job, Earnest’s grace and eloquence have distinguished his work despite the turbulent times

Olympics

Boxing coach is hopeful for Cam F. Awesome’s Olympic bid

John Brown, president of USA Boxing, talks about his coaching career in his memorabilia-filled Shawnee home. Brown, who coached such boxers as Tommy Morrison and Cam F. Awesome, is helping the United States boxing team prepare for the Rio Olympics this summer. Video by ALLISON LONG, along@kcstar.com

Vahe Gregorian

Lawrence swimmer Michael Andrew’s Olympic bid falls short but oozes promise

Michael Andrew of Lawrence finished fourth in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday. The 17-year-old’s performance in his first U.S. Olympic swimming trials gives him more currency and confidence. He has four more events here, but the 100 breaststroke likely was his best chance. But since he turned pro as a 14-year-old, it’s generally been believed he would peak for the 2020 Olympics.

Vahe Gregorian

Swimming phenom Michael Andrew advances to finals in first Olympic trials

Lawrence’s Michael Andrew, 17, became the youngest pro swimmer in U.S. history at age 14. He has earned national attention as an up-and-comer in the sport -- and also because of being coached at home by his father -- but had plateaued in the last year. But an adjustment in training with his father and coach, Peter, helped him manage his nerves and set the U.S. junior record in the 100-breaststroke twice on Sunday.

Vahe Gregorian

Shannon Vreeland heads to Olympic swimming trials looking for one more golden moment

As Shannon Vreeland, a Blue Valley West graduate who was the first Kansas City-area athlete to win Olympic gold since 2000, enters her anticipated final U.S. Olympic Swimming trials June 26-July 3 in Omaha, she does so knowing there is no assurance she’ll qualify for the Rio Olympics in August. The trials are exacting enough in themselves, but she also is contending with a shoulder popping and out of its socket from the punishing cumulative effects of years of relentless dedication to the sport.

Videos

Boxing coach is hopeful for Cam F. Awesome’s Olympic bid

John Brown, president of USA Boxing, talks about his coaching career in his memorabilia-filled Shawnee home. Brown, who coached such boxers as Tommy Morrison and Cam F. Awesome, is helping the United States boxing team prepare for the Rio Olympics this summer. Video by ALLISON LONG, along@kcstar.com
Allison Long along@kcstar.com
Boxing coach is hopeful for Cam F. Awesome’s Olympic bid 3:46

Boxing coach is hopeful for Cam F. Awesome’s Olympic bid

Swimming phenom Michael Andrew of Lawrence 1:07

Swimming phenom Michael Andrew of Lawrence

Gymnast Brenna Dowell talks about move named after her about women's nationals 0:51

Gymnast Brenna Dowell talks about move named after her about women's nationals

Tyronn Lue's grandmother, Olivia George, on his connection to Mexico, Mo. 1:44

Tyronn Lue's grandmother, Olivia George, on his connection to Mexico, Mo.