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December 18, 1991
Kim Templeman, a Saugus High senior competing for the first time, set world records in the bench-press and the strict curl Saturday in two competitions at a gym in Selma, Calif., and took home four trophies. Templeman weighed in at 159 pounds and competed in the under-165 weight class.
Just as it is in the community for which it is named, reality at Hollywood High School is sometimes blurred by the fantasies of filmdom. This is a school that adopted its nickname, the Sheiks, from characters portrayed by Rudolph Valentino in silent-screen desert dramas of the 1920s. The legend goes that actress Lana Turner, a former student, was discovered by director Mervyn LeRoy at Schwab's Pharmacy.
June 12, 1988 | CURT HOLBREICH, Times Staff Writer
The cruelest cut occurs every morning at practice for Angela Rock. That is when and where the line is drawn: "Starters on this side, everyone else over there." This unforgiving reminder, couched in the form of a coach's simple instruction, tells Rock that not only is she no longer the most valuable player on the U.S. women's volleyball team, she is not even a starter. For the first time since she joined the U.S.
September 14, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Say the words "Sal Alosi" and watch UCLA football players snap to attention. The name inspires respect — and a certain amount of nervousness. You couldn't ask for more from a strength and conditioning coach. "The first workout, I made a little joke," defensive end Datone Jones said. "Coach Alosi came over and said, 'Did I give you permission to speak?' I went, 'Wow, this guy is for real.'" Ask a player, get a story. Alosi is intense. On a scale of 1 to 10, "he's a 12," safety Andrew Abbott said, laughing.
Jim Newton, a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Newbury Park High, was certainly tall enough to turn heads Wednesday at the second Ventura County football combine at Rio Mesa High. Unfortunately for the lanky junior, only his stomach was turning as he prepared to run the 40-yard dash. "It's kind of scary, actually," Newton said. Who could blame him?
November 2, 2013 | By James S. Fell
Col. Chris Hadfield, who until recently was commander of the International Space Station, has a workout regimen that is out of this world. Sorry. Couldn't resist. Hadfield's new book, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," goes into detail about what it takes to be in shape for space travel. What kind of shape do you need to be in to qualify for the space program? To qualify to live on the space station, you have to pass the hardest physical exam in the world. There has to be a high lack of a probability of a problem, whether it's your appendix or an injury.
April 12, 1990 | HARLEY TINKHAM
Wilt Chamberlain collected more rebounds than anyone in NBA history, but he cheated himself out of even more. Harvey Pollack, Philadelphia 76er statistician, recalled that Chamberlain once complained that statisticians were short-changing him on rebounds and took the complaint to owner Eddie Gottlieb. At the next game, Gottlieb had a friend of Wilt's, Vince Miller, keep his own rebounding statistics.
September 11, 1998 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
College recruiters were apprehensive about Nevada Blonstein's ankle and back injuries, so the Notre Dame High senior setter began a grueling workout schedule. Sometimes she rises at 4:45 a.m., other days, she begins her workout at 9 p.m. Squats, bench press, more squats, more bench press. In less than a month of working with Mark Hoffman, a pro beach volleyball athletic trainer, Blonstein has added four pounds of muscle and lost 5% body fat.
October 2, 1985 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Dave Elecciri, Capistrano Valley High School assistant football coach, sits in the Cougars' weight room with the same sense of pride that a young couple has in their first home. The room is filled with enough barbells, weights and weight machines to satisfy the body building appetites of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferrigno. The walls are lined with slogans such as "If There's No Pain, There's No Gain" and "Whatever a Weak Muscle Can Do, A Stronger One Can Do It Better."
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