February 16, 2002
Luge doubles G Patric-Fritz Leitner; Alexander Resch, Germany S Chris Thorpe; Clay Ives, U.S. B Mark Grimmette; Brian Martin, U.S. * Men's parallel giant slalom snowboarding G Philipp Schoch, Switzerland S Richard Richardsson, Sweden B Chris Klug, U.S. * Women's parallel giant slalom snowboarding G Isabelle Blanc, France S Karine Ruby, France B Lidia Trettel, Italy * Women's 5k free pursuit cross-country skiing G Olga Danilova, Russia S Larissa Luzutina, Russia B Beckie Scott, Canada
January 26, 2009 |
Premier Silvio Berlusconi sparked outrage by suggesting that Italy's women were so beautiful they needed military escorts to avoid being raped. He made the comments in response to questions about his proposal to deploy 300,000 soldiers to fight crime. He said even in a militarized state, crimes like rape can happen. "We would have to have so many soldiers because our women are so beautiful," news agencies quoted him as saying. Giovanna Melandri of the opposition Democratic Party said the comments were "profoundly offensive," saying the pain of rape could never be joked about in such a way. Berlusconi, in an effort to explain himself, said he was complimenting Italian women.
August 3, 1996 |
Exhausted from the thrill of his individual gold medal the day before, Justin Huish still came through to help win a U.S. team archery title. On his last three arrows, the Simi Valley star erased a three-point deficit for the U.S. squad, which went on to beat South Korea, 251-249, and win its first gold medal in the team event. The Americans fell behind when Huish followed an opening 10 with two 8s that he said were "a mixture of nerves and exhaustion." The U.S.
July 25, 1996 |
Laura Flessel, who as a small girl swapped glamorous dancing shoes for a foil and face-mask, claimed her second gold medal in 72 hours when she led France to victory over Italy in the women's team epee. Flessel, born on the island of Guadeloupe in the French West Indies, had held off the challenge of compatriot Valerie Barlois on Sunday to win the individual epee gold.
September 19, 2000
For complete coverage of the Sydney Olympics, including audio commentary from Times columnist Bill Plaschke, photo galleries and up-to-the-minute stories and results, go to http://www.latimes.com/olympics. Among the stories that will be available this morning from Sydney: * Men's basketball, United States vs. Italy * Gymnastics, Women's team final * Swimming, Men's 100-meter freestyle semifinals * Men's soccer, United States vs. Kuwait GLANCE STARS Jose Navarro, U.S.