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March 15, 1996 | SARAH A. KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sign hastily written on notebook paper and held behind Olympic Swim Team member Amanda Beard's back on Thursday said it all: Amanda Beard is Cool. Even though she's just a freshman at Irvine High School and is only 14, she's cool, calm and collected about her two first-place finishes in the Olympic trials. And she's super-cool in the minds of her classmates. "We are really proud of her," said 15-year-old Rohini Reddi.
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July 29, 2012
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1996 | BINH HA HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sure, Olympic hopeful Amanda Beard chatted up Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" and once showed up at a swimming meet with lime green fingernail polish. But this was too much. On Monday, in a flag-waving Olympics send-off, a fancy black Pontiac Bonneville drove the 14-year-old past a balloon-festooned sidewalk outside the Irvine Aquatics Complex. Hundreds of people sported "Team Amanda" T-shirts, and mobs of kids clamored for her autograph on the "Swimming World" issue with her covergirl portrait.
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA -- Michael Phelps : The Sequel. Ryan Lochte : The Foil. That is the dominant plot for the U.S. swimming team in the 2012 Olympics, and Saturday night offered a glimpse of just how entertaining that story line might be. Phelps and Lochte raced within a quarter-second of each other from start to finish in the finals of the 200 individual medley, with no one else within four seconds of them. Phelps won, his second victory in three head-to-head matches at these trials, with the promise of three rematches in London.
SPORTS
July 29, 2004 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
The former method for keeping up with the Joneses (and Beards) of the swimming world used to be charmingly old-school, flipping through swimming magazines and using the world rankings as a barometer of current form. Current form? Turn away from the sports magazines, move over to the newsstand section featuring titles of "men's interest" -- mags such as FHM, Maxim and Stuff -- and meet your 2004 U.S. Olympians. There you will find swimmers Kaitlin Sandeno and Lindsay Benko and members of the U.S.
SPORTS
July 28, 2000 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A street sign says, in big, black letters, "Dead End." This is where the darling of the 1996 Olympics can be found. There are swimming experts who would consider that Amanda Beard's career. Beard laughed at the suggestion. The street may a dead end, but her career hasn't reached one. She is eagerly anticipating the Olympic trials, Aug. 9-16 in Indianapolis. Four years ago, Beard was the first 14-year-old to make the U.S. Olympic swim team in 20 years.
NEWS
July 14, 1996 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You aren't going to want to hear this, America, but your newest darling of the swimming pool, this 14-year-old California girl with her deckside teddy bear, rainbow-colored bedroom, wall-to-wall menagerie of pets and 1996 U.S.-best time in the 100-meter breaststroke, has a role model . . . and his name is Dennis Rodman. "I like his personality," says Amanda Beard, whose favorite color is orange, which also happens to be on the short list of Rodman's greatest scalp dyes. "He's original.
NEWS
September 29, 1998 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is no longer the same swimmer who flickered across television screens during the 1996 Olympic Games. Older, taller, heavier, Amanda Beard is maturing, trying to get back the form--and the tenths of seconds on the stopwatch--that have slipped away from her. Beard is now a senior at Irvine High and she likes change and appreciates individuality. She has dyed her hair a dozen times (she preferred the bluish tint over the summer to the fluorescent red streaks that preceded it).
SPORTS
June 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA -- This is a different kind of endurance swim, this race to hold off a new generation. Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Beard and Dara Torres have won a total of 30 Olympic medals. The next three days will determine whether - for the first time since 1976 - the United States will field a team with none of those three women on it. Coughlin and Beard staved off elimination at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday night. Those two veterans return Saturday night, with Torres swimming Sunday, to the applause of an audience that does not need a program to identify them.
SPORTS
August 17, 1996
Thank you for 18 inches on the fact that Amanda Beard and Dennis Rodman had breakfast together before Beard went to the Angels' game. What next, in-depth articles about Julio Franco walking his dog? N. MONROE SLAVIN Los Angeles
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA - Janet Evans was still dripping wet when she signed her retirement papers. She checked the box marked “permanently retired.” “I can't wait,” she said, “to go take a yoga class.” Amanda Beard, Natalie Coughlin and Dara Torres came to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials for a ticket to London. Evans, the fourth woman in the quartet of oldies but goodies, came for the experience, and the affirmation. “I'm proud I had the courage to try,” she said. Evans, 40, finished 53rd among the 65 competitors in Saturday's qualifying heats on the 800 freestyle, with a time of 9 minutes and 1.59 seconds.
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA -- Janet Evans was still dripping wet when she signed her retirement papers. She checked the box marked "permanently retired. " "I can't wait to go take a yoga class," she said. Amanda Beard, Natalie Coughlin and Dara Torres came to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials for a ticket to London. Evans, the fourth woman in the quartet of oldies but goodies, came for the experience, and the affirmation. "I'm proud I had the courage to try," she said. Evans, 40, finished 53rd among the 65 competitors in Saturday's qualifying heats on the 800 freestyle, with a time of 9 minutes and 1.59 seconds.
SPORTS
June 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA -- This is a different kind of endurance swim, this race to hold off a new generation. Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Beard and Dara Torres have won a total of 30 Olympic medals. The next three days will determine whether - for the first time since 1976 - the United States will field a team with none of those three women on it. Coughlin and Beard staved off elimination at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday night. Those two veterans return Saturday night, with Torres swimming Sunday, to the applause of an audience that does not need a program to identify them.
SPORTS
June 26, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA — For every Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin , there are dozens of Shelby Webbers , the swimmers who pack preliminary heats with no chance to make the Olympic team. Of the roughly 1,850 swimmers entered in the Olympic trials, about 50 will qualify for the U.S. team. Webber was one of 162 swimmers competing Tuesday in the women's 100-meter backstroke, with two Olympic spots available. She finished 153rd overall, last in one of 17 preliminary heats. She spent barely one minute in the pool, and her trials were over.
SPORTS
August 14, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Jason Lezak and his new best friend . . . the last 50 meters in the pool. That brought him his first Olympic medal in an individual event with another stirring finish at the Water Cube this morning. Lezak, of Irvine, was fifth at the first 50 and brought it in the second half, finishing third in the star-studded 100-meter freestyle, in 47.67 seconds. He tied for the bronze with Cesar Cielo Filho of Brazil. Winning the gold was Alain Bernard of France (47.
NEWS
August 10, 2008 | Lisa Dillman; Carolyn Kellogg; Peter Y. Hong
TICKET TO BEIJING Beard is ready to swim -- Pretty soon she'll be right there with her new friends from PETA, hurling blood at those clad in fur coats. Uh, not quite. Amanda Beard is going to draw the line at nudity. Hers. "Nothing is showing in the picture. So that's pretty mellow, for me," she said on Thursday at a Speedo function at the Jintai Art Museum inside the bucolic Chaoyang Park. "I like the photo. I thought it was fun. PETA is a little more risque, a little more out there.
SPORTS
March 30, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jason Lezak of Irvine finished second in the 100 freestyle (50.26) and Steve West of Huntington Beach finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.39). Juan Veloz of Mission Viejo was second in the 200 butterfly (2:00.39). Irvine's Amanda Beard (2:31.21) and San Clemente's Kristen Caverly (2:33.84) finished second and third in the 200 breaststroke. Shauna Barnard of Laguna Hills, finished third in the 200 backstroke (2:16.24).
SPORTS
March 10, 1996 | JOHN JEANSONNE, NEWSDAY
There always are kids with teddy bears on the pool deck during frantic events such as swimming's Olympic trials. Kids with braces. Kids who don't yet weigh 100 pounds. Kids who do homework in their hotel rooms between races that earn them trips to the Olympics. This year's "forever young" U.S. Olympic swimming poster kid is Amanda Beard, 14, of Irvine. She is 5 feet 3 and 92 pounds. That's soaking wet, of course.
SPORTS
June 29, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
OMAHA -- The path from teddy bears and owner of a pet menagerie to the cover of Playboy and a most-interesting swimming lesson -- teaching one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion -- has zigzagged through 12 years and three Olympics. Will it twist through a fourth, all the way to Beijing? Amanda Beard, the self-described "naive and very oblivious" teen of 1996 and now a business-savvy 26-year-old with a long list of endorsements, will have her answer by Friday.
SPORTS
January 21, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Michael Phelps won the men's 400-yard individual medley race Sunday night at the Toyota Southern California Grand Prix at Belmont Plaza Olympic pool, even though his goggles filled up with water at the start. Kaitlin Sandeno of Lake Forest won her third race in three days, taking charge of the women's 400 individual medley during the breaststroke and winning by two lengths over the field, even though she has a burgeoning case of bronchitis.
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