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July 28, 1992 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 2 1/2 hours under the midday sun Monday, it was the most breathtaking sight in Barcelona: Fu on the hill, the diving platform high atop Montjuic, with Gothic cathedrals and 17th-Century castles off in the distance behind her, the world at her feet. Fu Mingxia, a Chinese schoolgirl who won't turn 14 for three more weeks, won the Olympic women's platform diving gold medal so decisively and so easily that the post-competition buzz turned quickly to how many in all she might be able to collect.
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September 29, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems as if Fu Mingxia has been around forever. She was a tiny dot on the 10-meter platform in Barcelona in 1992, a fearless 14-year-old who threw herself 33 feet into the water and landed without a splash. If you didn't have binoculars you might not have been able to see her. Fu won her first Olympic gold medal there on the platform. She had come seemingly from nowhere, a faceless Chinese girl who scared U.S. diving officials to death. How many years would Fu dominate the sport?
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January 4, 1991
China's Xu Yanmei, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist in women's platform diving, and teammate Fu Mingxia finished 1-2 in preliminaries of women's platform diving at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia. Xu had 435.03 points and Fu, platform champion at last summer's Goodwill Games, had 406.80. American Wendy Williams, a bronze medalist at Seoul in '88, was third with 402.15 points.
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July 28, 1996 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Ellen Clark came back from the brink Saturday night. Back from the dizzying battle with vertigo that nearly ended her career, and back from a brush with elimination in the preliminaries. She recovered too from a poor third dive in the finals of the women's 10-meter platform to win the bronze medal, the same medal she won four years ago in Barcelona.
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September 29, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems as if Fu Mingxia has been around forever. She was a tiny dot on the 10-meter platform in Barcelona in 1992, a fearless 14-year-old who threw herself 33 feet into the water and landed without a splash. If you didn't have binoculars you might not have been able to see her. Fu won her first Olympic gold medal there on the platform. She had come seemingly from nowhere, a faceless Chinese girl who scared U.S. diving officials to death. How many years would Fu dominate the sport?
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July 28, 1996 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Ellen Clark came back from the brink Saturday night. Back from the dizzying battle with vertigo that nearly ended her career, and back from a brush with elimination in the preliminaries. She recovered too from a poor third dive in the finals of the women's 10-meter platform to win the bronze medal, the same medal she won four years ago in Barcelona.
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August 6, 1992 | DANNY ROBBINS
Actor Charlie Sheen, whose baseball movie credits include "Major League" and "Eight Men Out," figured he bought a piece of the game's history when he paid $93,500 for the ball that rolled through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series. Bidding by telephone, Sheen obtained the ball at a Manhattan sports memorabilia auction Tuesday.
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February 25, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Amateur Athletic Foundation has named six Olympic gold medalists as World Trophy award winners as the top athletes from their regions of the world in 1992. They are: wrestler John Smith of Oklahoma, Diver Fu Mingxia of China, skier Petra Kronberger of Austria, rower James Tomkins of Australia, middle distance runner Hassiba Boulmerka of Algeria and volleyball player Marcelo Negrao of Brazil.
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August 27, 1993 | THERESA SMITH MUNOZ
Diver Fu Mingxia, 14, whose flawless acrobatics off the platform captivated the sports world during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, will compete today in Pasadena in the Alamo Challenge. Fu, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist on platform, headlines the Chinese contingent. Competitors from the United States, Russia and Germany, who joined the Chinese divers to win all 12 medals at the '92 Olympic Games, complete the field at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.
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January 5, 1991 | From Associated Press
Fu Mingxia, a 12-year-old from China, became the youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event when she rallied to win the women's platform diving Friday at the World Swimming Championships. No sooner had she accepted her gold medal, than FINA, the sport's governing body, announced it was limiting future world championships, Olympics and World Cup events to those 14 and over.
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August 6, 1992 | DANNY ROBBINS
Actor Charlie Sheen, whose baseball movie credits include "Major League" and "Eight Men Out," figured he bought a piece of the game's history when he paid $93,500 for the ball that rolled through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series. Bidding by telephone, Sheen obtained the ball at a Manhattan sports memorabilia auction Tuesday.
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July 28, 1992 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 2 1/2 hours under the midday sun Monday, it was the most breathtaking sight in Barcelona: Fu on the hill, the diving platform high atop Montjuic, with Gothic cathedrals and 17th-Century castles off in the distance behind her, the world at her feet. Fu Mingxia, a Chinese schoolgirl who won't turn 14 for three more weeks, won the Olympic women's platform diving gold medal so decisively and so easily that the post-competition buzz turned quickly to how many in all she might be able to collect.
SPORTS
January 4, 1991
China's Xu Yanmei, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist in women's platform diving, and teammate Fu Mingxia finished 1-2 in preliminaries of women's platform diving at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia. Xu had 435.03 points and Fu, platform champion at last summer's Goodwill Games, had 406.80. American Wendy Williams, a bronze medalist at Seoul in '88, was third with 402.15 points.
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August 28, 1993 | THERESA SMITH MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Executing a dive no other woman has mastered, China's Tan Shuping won the one-meter springboard title Friday in the Alamo Four Nation Challenge at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. Mark Lenzi of the United States dominated the men's three-meter springboard and Russia's Svetlana Khokhlova was the women's platform champion. Tan used the inward 2 1/2 somersault to defeat Germany's Brita Baldus. It drew scores of 5 1/2 and 6, and, boosted by a degree of difficulty of 3.0, gave her a 2.4-point lead.
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September 10, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
WOMEN * OVERVIEW--In 1992, Fu Mingxia was a tiny, unknown 13-year-old from China who entered the water without causing a fuss--no splash, no noise, nothing but a straight line dropping silently into the water. From nowhere, Fu won a gold medal, a fearless little girl leaping off the 33-foot platform. As a 17-year-old in Atlanta, more muscular but no less smooth and silky on her entries, she won two more gold medals, dominating both the springboard and platform.
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