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February 26, 2006 | Jemele Hill, Orlando Sentinel
To us, it's gibberish. To her, it's heavenly. To us, it sounds like, "Waaaaa, Waaaaa!" To Vonetta Flowers, no sound was ever so promising. To us, it's sixth place. Americans don't come to the Winter Olympics for that. To Flowers, it's as good as a gold medal. Better, even. "There are so many people that would love to be in our shoes," Flowers said, "whether they finish first or last." Flowers, an American bobsledder, never did see (or hear) it like everyone else.
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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 20, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
There is no Jamaican bobsled team at these Winter Olympics. New Zealand is here. So is Australia. Monaco, too. Alas, no Jamaicans. Jamaican bobsled team. Those were the three words that generated so many smiles, and sold so many T-shirts. But the team that inspired a Disney movie is not here. "Cool Runnings" shared the story of that first Jamaican team, the tropical islanders who became the novelty of the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.
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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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January 22, 2006 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Vonetta Flowers will never forget the sweet sound of "The Star Spangled Banner" playing in her honor after she won the women's bobsled gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics. She hopes her 3-year-old son Jorden will someday hear the same kind of tribute. First, she hopes he will be able to hear her voice. Flowers gave birth to twin sons Jorden and Jaden in August 2002, six months after she'd teamed with Jill Bakken at Salt Lake City.
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