February 20, 1998 |
Danny Kwan's father, Ho Yuen, was sold when he was 4 years old to a farmer in Canton, China, who needed someone to watch his cows, then bought back when he was 10 by a rich uncle. Ho Yuen went to Hong Kong in 1949 to look for work in a restaurant, leaving behind a wife, Yang Chun, who was seven months pregnant. He said he would send for them when he had enough money, but, within a few months, China's borders were shut.
February 13, 1997 |
Asked if he felt pressure in the NBA slam-dunk contest Saturday in Cleveland, Kobe Bryant responded not at all like the young man who brashly genuflected for the television cameras after his victory. Instead, he recalled a poignant moment with his father, who had told him he would love him even if he missed a dunk. How could he feel pressure after hearing that, he asked.
February 13, 2000 |
The Dawg Pound doesn't do figure skating finals, and Gund Arena hadn't seen anything in mascara and burgundy velvet since Dennis Rodman's last swing through, but the locals roared their approval for Michelle Kwan on Saturday night, because her victory at the U.S Figure Skating Championships was purely Cleveland On Ice. Kwan brought this title home with ice shavings on her back.
April 26, 1996 |
Moments after Michelle Kwan had won Skate Canada International in October, a reporter asked how she planned to spend the $30,000 in prize money. The 10th grader from Torrance seemed startled by the question, then amused as she said that she had not given the money a moment's thought. "Maybe," the reporter suggested, "you could buy a bike." Six months and about $800,000 later, Kwan could buy a garage full of Porsches, although, at 15, she is not old enough to drive one.
October 27, 2001 |
Timothy Goebel wants to become a figure skater who does great jumps, not a jumper who skates a little. He moved a step closer to crossing that threshold Friday. Goebel, the defending U.S. men's champion, blended a perfect quadruple salchow-triple toe loop combination into a program that displayed his advancing artistry. Although his "Danse Macabre" routine had a stumble and two imperfect landings, Goebel was the class of the shaky Skate America field.
January 21, 2006 |
Maria Garcia is in pain only when she skates or breathes hard. As a short-track speedskater, that means she's in pain almost constantly. Ligament and muscle damage related to a back injury often have her doubling over in agony on the ice, but the 20-year-old Carson native accepts that as the price she must pay to be an Olympian. She'd been expected to qualify for the Salt Lake City team until a knee injury knocked her out of contention and relegated her to watching the Games on TV.