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February 19, 1990 | From Wire Service Reports
Nadia Comaneci confirmed rumors that she tried to kill herself at age 15 by drinking bleach, according to Life magazine's March issue. Comaneci said she was hospitalized for two days and was "glad because I didn't have to go to the gym," according to the magazine. It had been rumored, and the 1984 film "Nadia" indicated, that Comaneci attempted suicide at the height of her fame in 1977 after scoring perfect 10s in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. She had denied the rumors, however.
October 9, 2013 | By David Wharton
Italian gymnast Carlotta Ferlito has apologized for a racist remark she made in reference to an American rival at the world championships in Belgium. Ferlito and teammate Vanessa Ferrari had finished just off the podium in the balance beam competition on Sunday when she commented on bronze medalist Simone Biles, who is African American. "I told Vane that next time we'll have our skin black so we can win too," she said. Ferlito tweeted her mea culpa on Tuesday. "I want to apologize with the Americans girls.
July 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Chinese gymnast Sang Lan was paralyzed Tuesday after damaging her spine in warm-ups for the women's vault in the Goodwill Games. "At this time, she is paralyzed and cannot move her legs and she has a minimal amount of motion in her arms," said Dr. Brock Schnebel, chief physician of the Goodwill Games. Officials said Sang, 17, injured her neck while attempting a forward vault in warm-ups and lost control in midair, striking the ground head first.
October 6, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
On the final day of the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Team USA won a gold, two silvers and a bronze to bring its medal tally to 12 (three gold, six silver and three bronze), a record for the United States at a single world championships. On Sunday, Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/Bannon's Gymnastix, won the floor exercise gold medal, along with the balance beam bronze.  Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo/Gym-Max, claimed the beam silver medal, and Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma)
Since November, when the Berlin Wall fell, it has been expected that the dominance of East German sports would also crumble. But few could have expected it this soon. If there can be such a thing as a rout in gymnastics, it happened Saturday. The United States women beat the East Germans by five points in a exhibition dual meet. The United States scored 192.75 points to 187.588 for the East Germans. The American score wasn't particularly high, but still solid.
January 8, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
One daughter, barely 16, lives in Houston, where she has developed into the country's best gymnast. Another daughter, 14, lives in Southern California, where she is making a name for herself as a figure skater. A son, 18, the eldest of half a dozen children, has returned to the family nest in Northfield, Ill., an upper middle-class suburb of Chicago, after sharpening his speed skating skills for a year in Butte, Mont., and Calgary.
October 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Tim Daggett, the United States' top gymnast at the World Gymnastics Championships, fell and broke his left leg in competition Thursday. The accident occurred while Daggett was competing in the vault event of the team competition. A loud crack sounded as he landed. He stumbled backward and crumbled to the floor. "It's a fracture of the lower left leg. But it is not a complicated fracture," a medical official said.
November 28, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The NCAA has denied the University of New Mexico's request to reinstate the eligibility of Mexican gymnast Luis Lopez, who said he received a $500 monthly stipend from his country's national gymnastics federation.
October 5, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Simone Biles edged teammate Kyla Ross to give the U.S. women's gymnastics team a sweep of the first two places in the all-around competition Friday in the world championships at Antwerp, Belgium. Biles, 16, also qualified for all four apparatus finals this weekend, the first female U.S. gymnast to do so since Shannon Miller in 1991. Ross, a 16-year-old from Aliso Viejo, led by 0.016 points going into the floor routine, but Biles finished impressively for an overall score of 60.216 points to Ross' 59.332.
October 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Simone Biles and Kyla Ross gave the U.S. women's gymnastics team the top two places in the all-around competition Friday in the 2013 World Championships at Antwerp, Belgium. Biles scored 60.216, just ahead of the 59.332 by Ross, a 16-year-old from Aliso Viejo who was part of the U.S. Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnastics team at the 2012 Games in London. It's the third time in history the U.S. has won gold and silver all-around world championship medals. “It hasn't sunken in yet,” Biles said of being world all-around champion.
October 1, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Kyla Ross, 16, a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics gold-medal-winning team at the 2012 Olympics, who trains at Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, posted the highest score Tuesday in the first subdivision of women's qualifying at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Recently crowned U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, and 2012 team gold medalist and vault silver medalist and defending world champion vault gold medalist McKayla Maroney of Long Beach will compete later Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
After three of the four qualifying subdivisions at the world gymnastics trials in Antwerp, Belgium, Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast stood second to  Japan's defending world champion, Kohei Uchimura. The fourth qualifying session will be Tuesday morning. Uchimura, who has three world all-around championships plus the 2012 Olympic all-around gold medal, scored 91.924 points and Mikulak had 89.532. China's Lin Chaopan was third with 89.430. The top 24 scorers will advance to the all-around finals.
September 17, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
McKayla Maroney of Long Beach and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo are two of the four women's gymnasts selected to represent the United States at the world gymnastics championships Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Antwerp, Belgium. Maroney became famous at the 2012 London Olympics for her facial expression after failing to win a gold medal in the vault, the apparatus on which she was the world champion. Ross was also a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team last summer. Also on the team are Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, who recently won the all-around title at the U.S. nationals, and Brenna McDowell of Odessa, Mo., who was the bronze medalist at nationals.
August 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Senior-level newcomer Simone Biles eked out a national all-around gymnastics title while two women's locals who were members of the 2012 Olympic gold-medal team won two event finals this weekend. Biles, 16, edged out Aliso Viejo's 16-year-old Kyla Ross to win her first all-around title in Hartford, Conn. Newport Coast's Sam Mikulak, a University of Michigan junior, despite two falls on his last routine, the pommel horse, won the men's title. At only 4-feet-8, Biles put her stamp on the meet with a saucy floor exercise performance and edged out Ross with a score of 120.450 to 120.250.
August 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
David H. Murdock, chairman and chief executive of Dole Food Co. in Westlake Village, is taking the produce company private in a deal valued at $1.21 billion. The Los Angeles billionaire will pay $13.50 a share in cash for all the outstanding shares of common stock he doesn't already hold. As of June, he and his family members owned nearly 40% of Dole shares. The purchase, months in the making, comes after Murdock made a $12-a-share proposal in June. The transaction represents a 32% premium over the $10.20-a-share price at which the stock was trading just before the negotiations first became public.
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