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July 14, 1991 | LONNIE WHITE
Medal search: Eddie Liddie's hopes of extending his streak of winning a medal in every Festival since its inception came down to his last judo match Saturday before an estimated crowd of 300 at Cal State Dominguez Hills. After losing two of his first three matches, Liddie needed a victory over John Matsuoko in the 132-pound division to take home a bronze medal and remain the only athlete to place in every Festival.
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August 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON -- When Kayla Harrison won the women's 78-kilogram title Thursday, she gave the U.S. its first Olympic gold medal in judo. And if the sport's leaders are hoping to use that victory to popularize judo in the U.S., they couldn't have picked a better spokeswoman than Harrison, a likable, enthusiastic and media-savvy 22-year-old with an inspirational personal story she's not afraid to share. "Kayla is the individual that you can cheer for at any time," says Eddie Liddie, a bronze medalist in judo at the 1984 Games and now the director of high performance for U.S. Judo.
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August 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON -- When Kayla Harrison won the women's 78-kilogram title Thursday, she gave the U.S. its first Olympic gold medal in judo. And if the sport's leaders are hoping to use that victory to popularize judo in the U.S., they couldn't have picked a better spokeswoman than Harrison, a likable, enthusiastic and media-savvy 22-year-old with an inspirational personal story she's not afraid to share. "Kayla is the individual that you can cheer for at any time," says Eddie Liddie, a bronze medalist in judo at the 1984 Games and now the director of high performance for U.S. Judo.
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July 14, 1991 | LONNIE WHITE
Medal search: Eddie Liddie's hopes of extending his streak of winning a medal in every Festival since its inception came down to his last judo match Saturday before an estimated crowd of 300 at Cal State Dominguez Hills. After losing two of his first three matches, Liddie needed a victory over John Matsuoko in the 132-pound division to take home a bronze medal and remain the only athlete to place in every Festival.
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January 12, 1992
Tony Okada's quest for a berth on the U.S. Olympic team has been placed on hold for four weeks. The Stanton resident and 1991 Savanna High graduate was seeded first in the 60-kilogram (132-pound) class in the preliminary U.S. Olympic judo trials, but was upset by fifth-seeded John Matsuoka of Daly City in his opening match Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo. Okada will have a second and final chance to qualify for the Olympics on Feb.
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February 9, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a year after graduating from Savanna High, Tony Okada has earned a berth on the U.S. Olympic team, defeating Eddie Liddie, 2-1, Saturday in the U.S. Olympic judo trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. Okada, the top-ranked American in the 60-kilogram (132-pound) class, was upset by John Matsuoka in the preliminary trials last month.
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July 7, 1990 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They have finally settled on a name, the United States Olympic Festival, but don't let that fool you. This is really America's Summer Camp, 10 days of fun and frolic for children of all ages, and this year, they picked the right spot for it. Lots of lakes here. A big tent, too--that fabulous fiberglass fixture known as Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, famed for Hefty bag home runs, collapsing roofs, collapsing Rams and now, the world's largest indoor Bunsen burner.
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July 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
A U.S. Olympic Festival that organizers promise will be a record-breaker began in earnest Saturday with everything from archery to wrestling at venues around the Twin Cities. Action in 20 of the Festival's 37 events included a step into the history books by a judo competitor, a no-hitter in women's fast-pitch softball and a dominant performance in the basketball tournament.
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June 25, 1992 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tony Okada took only 15 seconds to prove he was ready for the Olympics. Okada, 19, a Savanna High graduate who is the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic judo team, won the gold medal Sunday at the Pan American Union Championships by throwing Venezuela's Willie Garcia 15 seconds into their 60-kilogram (132-pound) division final. Okada's throw, which is equivalent to a knockout in boxing, was his first in a championship match of an international tournament.
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July 6, 1990 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Promoting the U.S. Olympic Festival has been a tough fight this year. Consider the manner in which a Las Vegas hotel hyped last month's Goodwill Games boxoffs: "The winners go to the Goodwill Games. The losers go to the Olympic Festival." The festival begins today at 33 sites in the Twin Cities area. It ends July 15, only five days before the opening ceremony of the more prestigious international Goodwill Games in Seattle. Can the two events harmoniously coexist?
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