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February 3, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
A four-time Olympian who retired from competition in the early 1980s, Martha Watson hasn't been lost in the shuffle. She would lose her job if she did. Now 41 and recently inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, Watson is a blackjack dealer at Caesars Palace. "All those years trying to make the Olympic team were a gamble, too," she said, laughing. "Maybe that's why I'm here. I've been gambling all my life." She is here for a variety of reasons--mostly dollars and sense.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1995
They began in 1982 as a way to enrich a child's Jewish identity and to encourage harmony through sports. This week, 4,400 children from around the world are participating in the Jewish Community Centers' Maccabi Youth Games, an annual showcase of amateur athletes. The final round of athletic competition will take place today at venues throughout the San Fernando Valley, with the closing ceremonies to follow this evening at Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
They began in 1982 as a way of enriching a child's Jewish identity and encouraging harmony through sports. This week, 4,400 children from around the world are participating in the Jewish Community Centers Maccabi Youth Games, an annual showcase of amateur athletes. The final round of athletic competition will take place today at venues throughout the San Fernando Valley with the closing ceremonies to follow this evening at Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley.
SPORTS
July 15, 1991 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI and SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It appears that the U.S. men's Olympic basketball roster will include only two collegiate players and possibly as few as one. According to Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, an assistant on the 1992 U.S. Olympic staff and a member of several prominent USA Basketball selection committees, the number of college players included on team could vary from one to three, although "people are leaning to two."
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August 5, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Four years after their first major offensive in a makeshift laboratory in Caracas, Venezuela, amateur athletic officials admit that they are far from winning the war against performance-enhancing drugs. But they believe they have fired enough shots to at least let athletes who use banned substances know they are in a fight.
SPORTS
August 7, 1988 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
The American free enterprise system is a major part of our society. Here, the profit motive is the engine that turns the country's wheels. Provide a service, get paid. In some families this translates to that quaint American civics lesson--paying a kid for grades. If Johnny brings home an A on his report card, he gets $5. That's called a performance incentive. It is really no different for the amateur athletes of the world, except that the incentive is considerably bigger.
SPORTS
August 17, 1990 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Balboa Park's Morley Field is not all lush landscaping and well-manicured ball yards. There is one part of this recreational area that remains dusty and seemingly neglected. Well behind the tennis courts and swimming pool, on the other side of the Eucalyptus trees, tucked below a ridge above which the baseball diamonds lay and at the edge of Florida Canyon sits the San Diego Velodrome. It is an almost perfect setting for a sport which, relatively speaking, remains out of view in this country.
SPORTS
September 3, 1990 | DANICA KIRKA
Talking to Joseph Vargas about the 1980 Olympic boycott is a bit like uncorking a champagne bottle after shaking vigorously. The emotions explode and shoot out. "My opinion today was my opinion in 1980. There's no room for political leverage in the Olympic Games. That's not the point of the Olympics. Nothing was accomplished. Let's just put it this way. I don't think the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games led to the fall of the Berlin Wall."
SPORTS
October 28, 1987 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, Times Staff Writer
A summer storm was brewing over the vast pasturelands of Eastern Europe, but Antoni Niemczak was at peace with himself. Here was Poland's best marathon runner, banned until next May by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for track and field, but he wasn't stewing. "The penalty is just not justified," said Niemczak, who has taught himself to speak a little English. "The suspension has affected me greatly, but I don't feel guilty."
SPORTS
September 23, 1990
Mike Barrowman was honored as swimmer of the year at the U.S. Swimming convention.
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