David Wharton, Los Angeles Times

David Wharton

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by David:

Kathy Carter is promoted to chief executive of LA28 group

Kathy Carter, a longtime sports marketer, was promoted to chief executive of LA28 and discusses the job ahead in working with city leaders and IOC. → Read More

Sam Cunningham, USC player who helped integrate college football, dies at 71

Sam 'Bam' Cunningham, the Hall of Fame running back from USC credited with helping integrate college football in the early 1970s, died on Tuesday. He was 71. → Read More

Afghanistan's Paralympians stay positive amid uncertain future

Overcoming the scars of decades of war by competing in the Tokyo Paralympics, Afghanistan's athletes know their lives will never be the same. → Read More

Kym Crosby is legally blind and will be without her guide dog at Paralympics

Kym Crosby is legally blind and a world-class Paralympics runner. She cannot bring her guide dog, Tron, with her to Tokyo because of coronavirus restrictions. → Read More

Tokyo Olympics were a showcase of resilience amid an attempt at normalcy

With virtually all fans shut out from attending, the Tokyo Olympics had a sterile feel that often muted the outstanding accomplishments of the athletes. → Read More

Despite IOC's fears, Tokyo Olympics weren't the Protest Games

With the Tokyo Olympics drawing to a close, there have been only a few, relatively mild demonstrations by athletes from the U.S. and other countries. → Read More

In Japan, these stores offer much more than just convenience

The 7-Elevens in Japan are seemingly everywhere and offer a plethora of food options that aren't available in the U.S. Why is everything so different? → Read More

Nathaniel Coleman of U.S. wins silver in sport climbing

Alberto Gines Lopez of Spain secures gold and Nathaniel Coleman of the U.S. takes silver in sport climbing, a first-time Olympic sport. → Read More

Olympics: Zion Wright rediscovers skateboarding's natural joys

Zion Wright overcame the stress and pressure that comes with being a professional athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in skateboarding. → Read More

Australian gold-medal skateboard park winner has Southern California roots

Keegan Palmer, who was born in Southern California and lived in Australia for 14 years before returning, wins gold medal in men's skateboard street. → Read More

In Olympic sport climbing, hands play the most important role

The hands make all the difference in Olympic sport climbing. Fingers must be strengthened and thickened over years, all the better to dangle from a ledge. → Read More

For Laurel Hubbard and other transgender athletes, change is finally coming to Olympics

Laurel Hubbard, New Zealand weightlifter, is among the first openly transgender athletes to compete at the Olympics. → Read More

U.S. men earn fencing bronze in foil, helping ease the sting of subpar performances

A lack of practice time could have contributed to the lackluster performance of the U.S. men's fencing team. The men earn a bronze in team foil. → Read More

Hot Tokyo days and nights: Sweltering Olympics brutal for athletes

The unkind temperatures and high humidity in Tokyo have made for a difficult Olympic Games for athletes not used to the brutal conditions. → Read More

Broken wrists, twisted necks and concussions: The brutal nature of Olympic diving

Olympic divers experience many of the same injuries that affect athletes of more traditional contact sports, and the pain begins before they hit the water. → Read More

How Tokyo Olympic athletes deal with the loud sounds of silence

Unable to draw energy from crowds because of COVID-19 restrictions, athletes at the Tokyo Olympics try to overcome the 'uncomfortable' situation. → Read More

SoCal phenom Nick Itkin could help Americans win first Olympic team fencing title

Nick Itkin, on a hot streak entering the Tokyo Olympics, inherited his love of fencing from his dad, who started the Los Angeles International Fencing Center. → Read More

Speed climbing is poised to become your favorite Tokyo Olympics sport

That humans can scale a 50-foot wall, scurrying from one small climbing hold to the next, and tap the buzzer in about six seconds makes this new Olympic event startling. → Read More

With surfing and skateboarding, the Olympics are totally trying to be California cool

L.A. '28 is still seven years off, but the Olympic debut of surfing and skateboarding are turning the Tokyo Games into a SoCal showcase → Read More

FBI made serious errors during sex abuse investigation of Larry Nassar, Justice Department says

The department's internal watchdog found agents made serious errors in their investigation and did not respond with urgency to sex abuse allegations. → Read More