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February 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Todd Hays says his Olympic career is over. His gold medal chances look to be too. The Texan, who won the U.S. bobsled team's first Olympic medal in 46 years at Salt Lake City in 2002, said Friday that he would retire after his final two slides at the Turin Games. "Tomorrow will be my last two bobsled runs, and you'll see every ounce of energy that I have in this sport," said Hays, 36, in seventh after his first two runs.
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February 25, 2006 | J.A. Adande
The president, a self-described emotional Brazilian, yelled about the meaning. "This is the Olympic spirit, right here," Eric Maleson said. The coach, cool and collected, discussed the practicalities. "German safety for Brazilian athletes," Martin Gruber said.
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February 22, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Whether she were to end up in Iraq or Italy, in a war or at peace, Shauna Rohbock decided she would do whatever it took to represent her country in a manner befitting a soldier. Or a bobsled driver. Rohbock, who holds the rank of specialist in the Utah National Guard, managed to do both at the Winter Olympics on a brisk and occasionally snowy Tuesday night, piloting her U.S.
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February 21, 2006
Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming of the U.S. are in third place after two runs and in fair shape to win a medal when the four-run, two-day women's bobsled competition concludes tonight. Their time of 1:55:02 is .09 of a second behind leaders Sandra Kiriasis and Anja Schneiderheinze (1:54.93) of Germany. The U.S. team of Vonetta Flowers, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic champion, and driver Jean Prahm, is ninth and probably won't earn a medal.
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February 20, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Andre Lange said nothing on Saturday, when competitors from other countries wondered aloud whether the Germans were cheating. Sunday, after he'd driven Germany to victory in the two-man bobsled at the Winter Olympics, Lange told those rivals exactly what they could do with their complaints: They could kiss his gold medal. "There are always people who make a big fuss over everything," Lange said through a translator. "At a certain point, I stop listening."
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February 19, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
As a German team raced to the lead in the two-man bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics here Saturday, the U.S. and several other countries were considering protests over the possible use of illegal sleds by the Germans. Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske led the field after two runs, with the final two runs scheduled today. The top American duo, Todd Hays and Pavle Jovanovic, ranked sixth. "I don't know what the deal is, but they're just absolutely flying," Jovanovic said of the Germans.
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February 24, 2002 | BARRY TEMKIN, TRIBUNE OLYMPIC BUREAU
The great U.S. men's bobsled drought ended Saturday in a flood of medals. The United States, which hadn't produced an Olympic medal in this sport in 46 years, grabbed silver and bronze in the four-man event at Utah Olympic Park when drivers Todd Hays and Brian Shimer moved past Switzerland's Martin Annen on their fourth and final runs. A miracle on ice?
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February 23, 2002 | BARRY TEMKIN, TRIBUNE OLYMPIC BUREAU
Todd Hays was a man of almost no words Friday, but his silence spoke loud and clear. Hays had talked to the media through most of the Olympic Games, even after a mediocre first-day performance in the two-man bobsled left him in fifth place last Saturday. Friday in the first two runs of the four-man competition at Utah Olympic Park, the American driver recorded the fastest times in both heats for a total time of 1:33.26. That gave him a .
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February 10, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
One day after his brakemen Pavle Jovanovic was suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for the use of a banned substance, bobsled driver Todd Hays fired back at international doping officials. "I know in my heart that Pavle was guilty of nothing," said Hays, who had a good chance to win the first U.S. bobsledding medal in 46 years with Jovanovic. "My concern now is the adversity he will face for the rest of his life."
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