February 19, 1994 |
Canadian Myriam Bedard made history Friday in the women's 15-kilometer biathlon, becoming the first Olympic champion from North America. Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. Bedard, who finished third in the 1992 Olympics, missed only two targets on the shooting range and skied the tough course in 52 minutes 6.6 seconds. Anne Briand of France was second. She skied 46.7 seconds slower than Bedard and had three misses.
July 4, 1996 |
Michelle Kwan, the 1996 world and national figure-skating champion from Torrance, turns 16 Sunday and expects to find 16,000 people on hand for the occasion. She will be performing that afternoon with more than two dozen other top skaters at the Pond of Anaheim, on the Tour of World Figure Skating Champions. Kwan's cast mates include current world champion and U.S. silver medalist Todd Eldredge, reigning U.S.
March 30, 1995 |
That he fell on the last jump of the last long program of his competitive season didn't matter to Todd Eldredge. Crashing to the ice on a triple axel he threw in "just for the heck of it" didn't mar his performance Wednesday--and it didn't prevent the three-time U.S. men's champion from moving up from third place and winning the Hershey's Kisses International Challenge title at the Sports Arena.
March 8, 1995 |
English figure skating hooligans, moving through the crowd with loaded flash cameras, disrupted the pairs short program at the World Championships on Tuesday night with utter disregard for decorum. "Please refrain from flashing your cameras while the skaters are performing," the public address announcer admonished the throng at one point. "If you really have to flash, we suggest you do it in the car park." Once again, British humor saved the day and order was restored.
March 23, 1996 |
If Michelle Kwan has nerves, they are hidden deep under the makeup she is using to accentuate her graduation to the top of women's figure skating. She was so poised and confident in the days leading to Friday's short program in the world championships that her father, Danny, said he wanted to ask her, "Are you really that good?"
March 29, 1995 |
Radka Kovarikova and Rene Novotny considered skating off into the sunset of professional ice shows last year, after they finished sixth among pairs at the Lillehammer Olympics. But Kovarikova and Novotny, who left their native Czech Republic to train in Lake Arrowhead the last three seasons, thought they had more medal-caliber performances left in them. "We wanted to prove we are at the top level," Kovarikova said.
February 22, 1994 |
The chill was so thick after the Winter Olympic ice dancing competition Monday night that it could have been cut with the blade of a skating boot, a sensation that had nothing to do with the temperature inside the Olympic Amphitheatre.
February 14, 1998 |
The ice charade known as Olympic ice dancing opened its Nagano session Friday night with two compulsory dances and more compulsory accusations of competition-rigging and behind-the-scenes deal-making. This time, the most explosive volleys were fired by the Canadian team of Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz and their coach, Natalia Dubova, who charged the Russian and the French judges with conspiring to vote in blocs at the expense of the North Americans. "It's a joke," Dubova said.
December 21, 1997 |
In a possible figure skating preview to the Winter Olympics in February, Tara Lipinski won the Champions Series Final on Saturday at Munich, Germany. Skating last, Lipinski, 15, followed flawless and elegant long programs by Russian Maria Butryskaya and Germany's Tanja Szewczenko. Butryskaya hit six clean triples; Szewczenko seven, a first for the German champion. Lipinski also hit seven triples, but four of hers were in difficult combinations, including her unique triple loop-triple loop.