Stefani Kahookele recalls being captivated by the fencing competition during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
“I played other sports, but none of them really appealed to me,” the 4-foot-11 San Franciscan said. “Fencing was pretty cool. I wanted to try it; you get to use swords. The weapon was appealing.” Read More
Shawn Jackson recalls the moment that he decided to be a cop. He was on shift as a hospital emergency room worker.
“I remember hearing a lady say, ‘If only the police had come a little sooner,’” Jackson said.
At Saturday’s Kops and Kids Family Day at Serra Bowl, the 15-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department will be combining his two passions: community police work and bowling. Read More
A San Franciscan named Summer, raised a block from Ocean Beach, is poised to be on the 2014 USA Olympic snowboarding team in Sochi, Russia.“When I started at 4½-years-old, I would beg my parents to take me up to Tahoe with them to snowboard,” Summer Fenton said. “The first time I strapped into my bindings on my snowboard, I was hooked.” Read More
One of the leading contenders to win today’s Emerald Across the Bay 12K is hometown favorite Crosby Freeman.
The resident of San Francisco’s Nob Hill was third in last year’s annual Sausalito to San Francisco race, finishing behind his Asics Aggie Running Club teammates Phillip Reid and Sergio Reyes. Reid won the race with a time of 35:57, beating Reyes, the 2007 and 2008 Emerald champion, by a slim three-second margin. Freeman followed, posting a time of 36:26. Read More
Tony Ragusin lived his first 15 years in the Sunnydale housing projects of San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley with his single mom and three older brothers. He has never met his father.
Despite declaring the day that he moved out of Sunnydale “the happiest day of my life,” Ragusin has never strayed far from his childhood home.
Now 56, Ragusin feels the impact that Sunnydale has had on his handball game. Read More
Olivia Morgan and Maria Koroleva have performed together since they were 13.
The teammates will be representing host Stanford in the duet event at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships, which run Thursday-Saturday at the Avery Aquatic center. Read More
Raised in the Midwest, Joel Winter’s athletic outlets as a kid were playing hockey on frozen ponds in the winter and riding his bike the rest of the year.
A San Francisco resident since 2004, Winter recalls spotting a blurb on bike polo in a 2005 San Francisco Bicycle Coalition newsletter. Combining his two favorite childhood outdoor pursuits, it was a no-brainer for Winter to give bike polo a whirl. Read More
Scott Norton stands alone on the Professional Bowlers Tour for a couple of reasons: He is the only practicing attorney, and he has never seen “The Big Lebowski.”
Asked how he could have missed perhaps the most famous bowling-themed movie of all-time, Norton laughed, “I know, I’m a bad bowler because I’ve never seen ‘Lebowski.’”
Norton, who turns 28 this month, is anything but a bad bowler. Read More
Scott and Matt Higa may be fraternal twins, but their lives have been nearly identical.
The San Francisco natives, born two minutes apart, were childhood celebrities. In the 1980s, the young bowlers were featured in People Magazine, on Good Morning America and on many local TV stations.
On Nov. 24, the Higa brothers will use their “star strike power” to strike out hunger at Serra Bowl’s Turkey Bowl IX. Read More