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July 15, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Antonio Samaranch steps down Monday as president of the International Olympic Committee, and late Saturday the five would-be successors posed for the most awkward of staged photos. From left to right, Kim Un Yong of South Korea, Jacques Rogge of Belgium, Anita DeFrantz of Los Angeles, Pal Schmitt of Hungary and Dick Pound of Canada joined hands--as if they were teammates in a U.S.-style football huddle--and smiled for the cameras.
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January 14, 2014 | Patt Morrison
Anita L. DeFrantz has her bags packed for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia - but heck, she's had her bags packed for athletic events around the world for the last 40 years, as a competitor and as a member of the International Olympic Committee (currently on the executive board) and the U.S. Olympic Committee (board member). DeFrantz was a bronze medalist in the first Olympics that allowed female rowers, in 1976. In her "free" time, she heads the LA84 Foundation, a legacy of L.A.'s 1984 Olympic Games that has brought sports opportunities to more than 2 million children.
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BUSINESS
September 18, 2000 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The start of the Summer Olympics in Australia has recast the spotlight on biotech giant Amgen Inc., the discoverer, producer and licenser of what has become one of the most abused sports-performance drugs in history: Epogen. In the 11-year history of Epogen--the brand name for a drug that mimics the natural hormone known as erythropoietin (EPO)--Thousand Oaks-based Amgen has faced sporadic complaints over its refusal to make the drug traceable through drug testing.
SPORTS
September 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The hallways of the big hotels in Buenos Aires are buzzing these days. At stake is not just one Olympian task, but three. This might be the most important gathering of Olympic people since a few got together back in 1979 and decided this fellow Peter Ueberroth might do a decent job running the L.A. Games. Heading into those '84 Games, the Olympic movement wasn't quite sure how long it would be one. Then Ueberroth, Harry Usher, David Wolper and their carefully chosen, hard-working cast provided vision, inspiration and expertise as to how to leverage television.
SPORTS
August 8, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proclaiming repeatedly that the worst corruption scandal in Olympic history is over, Jacques Rogge, the recently elected president of the International Olympic Committee, said Tuesday that he has every confidence the Salt Lake Winter Olympics will be "excellent Games." Today marks the six-month countdown to the Games, which begin Feb. 8.
SPORTS
August 27, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As they did with the first seven cities on their itinerary, members of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Site Evaluation Team declared Los Angeles to be a can-do city with nice weather, impressive venues and many virtues that would make it a fine site for the 2012 Games. What the task force didn't say Sunday after wrapping up its four-day visit is whether Los Angeles stands above its rivals because it has proven not only that it can do the Olympics, but has done so twice with great success.
SPORTS
July 7, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anita DeFrantz of Los Angeles, the senior U.S. delegate to the International Olympic Committee and the IOC's first female vice president, is running for president on a campaign that she says represents change, more accountability, integrity, mutual respect and the pursuit of excellence. She doesn't stand even a remote chance of winning, according to more than a dozen IOC members and Olympic insiders.
SPORTS
July 10, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under the beneficent gaze of a huge golden chicken that clucks on the hour, its metallic wings flapping over a red-carpeted lobby awash in fountains and rumors of every sort, the International Olympic Committee on Monday kicked off a historic series of meetings.
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September 29, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Intent on keeping the pressure on, the chairman of an International Olympic Committee inspection team made clear Friday that the IOC is disturbed by far-reaching delays in preparations for the 2004 Summer Games and said that construction on roads, railways and sports venues must start immediately.
SPORTS
October 4, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The next president of the International Olympic Committee should be Belgium's Jacques Rogge, says Michael Knight, the Australian state government minister who headed the operational team that put on the Sydney Games. Knight said today that if the IOC "wants to keep the reform process going," Rogge is the "only sensible person" to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Spaniard who has been atop the IOC for 20 years and who retires next July.
OPINION
September 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Kolatch
Beijing 2008 saw one of the most incredible sporting feats the Olympics has ever known. On Aug. 20, Japanese softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno hurled eight scoreless innings before Japan fell to an indomitable U.S. squad in the bottom of the 9th. Two hours later, she pitched 12 more innings against Australia, sending Japan to the gold medal match against the U.S. The next day, she came back with seven more sterling innings as Japan defeated the three-time...
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February 28, 2013 | By Noel Thompson
I watched a video of the movie "Argo" as I flew into Tehran recently. I couldn't help but wonder why I was willingly accompanying a group of Americans into a city that not so long ago was the scene of one of the greatest exfiltrations ever. I wondered if Ben Affleck would rescue me if things were to go poorly. Honestly, I wasn't really worried; I was traveling with the USA Wrestling team and we had been invited by the government of Iran to participate in the World Cup, a tournament where the top wrestling nations vie for international glory.
SPORTS
February 12, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
As burning issues go in sports, the elimination of wrestling from the 2020 Olympics is a pilot light. What's more interesting is the strange politics and fractured logic that apparently still exist within the Olympic ruling body, the International Olympic Committee. Suffice to say, these are not the Olympics of your father. More like your grandfather. For years, the IOC consisted of aristocrats and their offspring. Commoners need not apply. The explanation for that, as made clear during an interview at the Summer Games last year in London with a current non-aristocrat member, was necessity.
SPORTS
July 25, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
LONDON — They're not asking for much, these two elderly women who lost their husbands to the worst crime in Olympic history. They're not asking for a speech or a video or even a prayer to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Games. They're asking for a single minute. One minute. One breath of silence at these London Games' opening ceremony. One brief remembrance of the lives that were lost on a day when terror triumphed over sport. One short but jarring condemnation of that terror.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2010 | By Mike Kupper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Bud Greenspan, award-winning filmmaker, writer, character and, arguably, the world's No. 1 fan of the Olympics, has died. He was 84. Greenspan died Christmas Day at his home in New York City, his companion Nancy Beffa said. He had Parkinson's disease. Easily recognizable by his trademarks ? big, black-rimmed glasses pushed up on his shaven head, a pipe and, depending on the season, a beige corduroy sport coat over a black turtleneck or a safari jacket over a polo shirt ? Greenspan earned eight Emmy awards, a Peabody and generally high praise for his Cappy Productions films, most of which were Olympic documentaries.
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April 22, 2010 | By Alan Abrahamson
Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee who took the organization from financial instability and turmoil and steered it to global influence and prosperity, only to see his legacy tarnished by the specter of doping in sports and a corruption scandal, has died. He was 89. A Spaniard who served as IOC president from 1980 to 2001, Samaranch died Wednesday at a Barcelona hospital after experiencing heart trouble. He had been in failing health since he collapsed one day after the last of his four terms ended, in July 2001.
SPORTS
June 11, 1991 | From Associated Press
Officials of the International Olympic Committee cautioned international sports federations against moving too hastily in welcoming South Africa back into the fold. The process of South Africa's return to the Olympic movement was the focus of Monday's opening meeting of the IOC Executive Board. The full IOC session opens Wednesday. There has been concern in IOC circles that some federations, such as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, might be pushing too hard on South Africa.
SPORTS
July 17, 2001 | RANDY HARVEY
The International Olympic Committee calls its special sessions extraordinary. So, technically, the 112th session that ended Monday did not qualify for such distinction. Trust me, though, this session was extraordinary almost to the end.
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