September 29, 2000 |
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?
July 28, 1996 |
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.
August 6, 1992 |
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.
February 25, 1993 |
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.
August 27, 1993 |
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.
January 5, 1991 |
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.