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February 2, 1998 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If trash talk alone were enough to propel a bobsled down an Olympic track at record speed, the United States today would be masters of the sliding world and Chip Minton would be as famous as Eric Heiden. "To be quite honest," Minton says, considering the competition at the upcoming Nagano Winter Games, "I think we're going to start off the year kicking European [butt]--Japanese style." Minton is miffed at the Europeans, the Swiss in particular, for "cheating" at a World Cup event last year.
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February 2, 1998 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If trash talk alone were enough to propel a bobsled down an Olympic track at record speed, the United States today would be masters of the sliding world and Chip Minton would be as famous as Eric Heiden. "To be quite honest," Minton says, considering the competition at the upcoming Nagano Winter Games, "I think we're going to start off the year kicking European [butt]--Japanese style." Minton is miffed at the Europeans, the Swiss in particular, for "cheating" at a World Cup event last year.
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February 19, 1998
SHORT-TRACK SPEEDSKATING Eric Flaim, who won a silver and finished fourth in three regular speedskating events at Calgary in 1988, will lead the United States in the men's 5,000-meter relay preliminary. ALPINE SKIING Deborah Compagnoni, the reigning World Cup champion, is acknowledged as the best giant slalom skier among the women. Can she live up to those expectations today? BOBSLED Chip Minton, brakeman for one of the U.S.
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February 14, 1998 | ROSS NEWHAN
U.S. bobsled driver Brian Shimer is rooming in the athletes' village with Chip Minton, part-time pro wrestler, prison guard and pusher on Shimer's four-man team. Minton is a hulk--and a danger, according to Shimer, who said: "One of the funniest things I ever saw happened here with him. He was on the phone doing an interview or something. The guy gets more press than anyone. "And he's sitting in a wooden chair.
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February 21, 1998 | Associated Press
It wasn't long ago that celebrity athletes such as Herschel Walker and Willie Gault tried to make the U.S. bobsled team. It's not likely to happen again, at least the way pusher Chip Minton sees it. "Those guys couldn't even make the team now," Minton said. "They're great athletes, no doubt, but there's no pro athletes going to take our spots." Brian Shimer and fellow U.S.
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February 17, 1994 | ROSS NEWHAN
In a three-way, two-heat race-off for the two U.S. positions in two-man bobsled competition beginning Saturday, drivers Jim Herberich and Brian Shimer eliminated Randy Will. Herberich's Bo-Dyn sled will be designated USA I, since he and pusher Chip Minton won the race-off with a time of 1:46.93 for the two heats. Shimer's Bo-Dyn will be USA II. He and pusher Randy Jones did 1:47.17, edging Will and Jeff Woodard by eight one-hundredths of a second.
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February 10, 1998 | MIKE DOWNEY
Here's more from pro wrestler and bobsledder Chip Minton: Question: What's the coolest thing about being an Olympian? Answer: Being a role model for my little girl, who is 5. She's in gymnastics, and I want to show her hard work pays off. Her name is Taylor Brooke. I call her Kid Flash. Q. Other than bobsled and wrestling, what's your favorite sport? A. Ballroom dancing. They get to be inside and dressed up all the time. Q. Do you have any superstitions? A. I race with no socks. Q.
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February 21, 1994 | MIKE DOWNEY
Nathan (Chip) Minton III, 24, is a corrections officer from Macon, Ga., whose ambition is to become a pro wrestler. Dudley Stokes, 31, is a helicopter pilot from Grand Turk, Jamaica, whose life helped inspire a hit movie. Gregory Sebald, 30, is an attorney from Minneapolis. Faauuga (Tia) Muagututia, 35, left his native Pago Pago to become a special-forces Navy SEAL. Albert Alexander Louis Pierre Grimaldi, 35, is the son of a famous actress and is heir to his country's throne.
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February 21, 1994 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gustav Weder is not a Swiss watchmaker. The clock is in his head, the precision in his driving and preparation. The 30-year-old physical education teacher proved it again Sunday, coming from behind in the fourth and final heat to defeat countryman Reto Goetschi by 0.05 seconds and repeat his 1992 victory in two-man bobsled. That's 20 Olympic, World Cup and European medals for the man who rules this empire under the nickname of Darth because it's Weder, as in Vader.
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December 16, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Fritz Strobl led an Austrian sweep of the top four places Sunday, winning a delayed downhill for his first World Cup victory at Val D'Isere, France. Strobl sped down the icy 2.1-mile Oreiller-Killy course in 1 minute, 51.61 seconds, edging Werner Franz by two-hundredths of a second. Patrick Ortlieb, the world champion and 1992 Olympic gold medalist, was third at 1:51.72, with Josef Strobl, no relation to Fritz and the surprise 1994 winner at this site, fourth at 1:51.81.
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February 20, 1994 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monaco's Prince Albert is 32nd. Jamaica's Dudley Stokes of "Cool Runnings" fame is 24th. Armenia is 37th, Bosnia-Herzegovina 35th, Trinidad 38th and American Samoa 42nd. Heck, U.S. drivers Brian Shimer and Jim Herberich were leading two-thirds of the 43-team field after Saturday's first two heats of two-man bobsled in the Winter Olympics. It's the third of the field they trail that represents the realistically insurmountable problem in today's final two heats.
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