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July 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- After Michael Phelps' two poor swims on the first day of the Olympics, would the United States be better off without him in the 400-meter freestyle relay? Jason Lezak, the U.S. relay hero in the Beijing Olympics, says no. "I don't think that should be a question," Lezak said. The U.S. fielded a B team in Sunday morning's relay heats, with Lezak, Jimmy Feigen, Matt Grevers and Ricky Berens posting the second-fastest qualifying time. The U.S. team for Sunday night's finals is expected to include Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones, the top two finishers in the 100 meters at the Olympic trials.
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August 8, 2012 | Staff reports
LONDON - Could Cameron van der Burgh's world record in the 100-meter breaststroke be tainted? The evidence comes from someone close to the situation: Van der Burgh himself. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the South African swimmer and gold medalist admitted to extra dolphin kicks, which are illegal. His excuse: everyone else is doing it. "If you're not doing it, you're falling behind," Van der Burgh told the newspaper. "It's not obviously - shall we say - the moral thing to do, but I'm not willing to sacrifice my personal performance and four years of hard work for someone that is willing to do it and get away with it. "I think it's pretty funny of the Australians to complain because in the underwater footage if you actually look at Brenton Rickard in the lane next to me, he's doing the exact same thing as me yet they're turning a blind eye. "It's got to the sort of point where if you're not doing it you're falling behind or you're giving yourself a disadvantage so everyone's pushing the rules.
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July 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON - Jason Lezak broke training on Monday morning in the most American of ways. Lezak, who lives in Irvine, swam his one and only Olympic event on Sunday. With no more concern about a training diet, he shared on Twitter a picture of three Egg McMuffins and the caption: "Finally!" The competition does not start until Wednesday for Jessica Hardy of Long Beach, who will swim the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events. Not long after Lezak tweeted, so did Hardy: "I get more tired watching meets than when I'm competing!
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July 31, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON - In three events, Ryan Lochte has won one gold medal and one silver medal. Is that good? Not in the eyes of the casual American sports fan, at least according to Lochte's mother. To the fan who tunes in to swimming once every four years, the standard was set by Michael Phelps and his eight-for-eight gold show in Beijing. Lochte got co-billing with Phelps as the cover boys of the U.S. swim team. Lochte beat Phelps in the first event, the 400-meter individual medley. On Sunday, Phelps and two other swimmers handed Lochte the lead for the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay.
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August 12, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- That the best relay swimmer of a generation should go it mostly alone on a daily basis has almost an old-school feel. No uber-controlling coach on the deck barking out orders, and certainly no one telling him what he can and can't do out of the pool. If Jason Lezak needed someone to time his practices at home in Irvine, he would have his wife do it, at least before she recently started her job as an emergency room nurse in Anaheim.
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July 29, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Shooter Kim Rhode became the first American to win individual medals at five consecutive Olympics with a sensational display in women's skeet, hitting 99 of 100 targets. The El Monte resident celebrated the gold-medal moment with a bright smile and a fist pump. Her performance Sunday tied a world record. Wei Ning of China came in second, hitting 91 of the 100 targets. Rhode's streak started at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where she won gold, then bronze in Sydney, gold in Athens and silver in Beijing.
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May 26, 2001 | MELANIE NEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jason Lezak perched himself on his mother Linda's lap, an act he might have taken for granted five weeks ago. But Friday, after an impressive victory in the 50-meter freestyle at the Speedo Grand Challenge at Heritage Aquatics Park, it was an appropriate place for Lezak to be. It was Linda Lezak's first big outing since being released from a hospital last Saturday, and Jason gave his mom quite a show.
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- According to TiVo, the company that produces equipment that can be used on your television to back up and replay particular moments, the five most TiVoed moments on the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday included two swimming events and two from men's gymnastics. A TiVo spokeswoman, in an email, said that swimmer Ryan Lochte's gold win when Michael Phelps finished fourth was the most TiVoed, followed by men's gymnast Jonathan Horton's fall off the pommel horse; then John Orozco's well-done pommel horse routine; Phelps' loser's interview; and when Sun Yang became the first Chinese to win an Olympic swimming event.
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June 24, 2001 | Dan Arritt
Jason Lezak, a 25-year-old from Irvine, set a meet record for the second consecutive day in the TYR Swim Meet of Champions Saturday at the Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo. Lezak, a double-medal winner in the 2000 Olympics, won the men's 50-meter freestyle final in 22.53 seconds, breaking the previous meet record of 22.88 set last year by Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin. Lezak's time also broke the pool record of 22.
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July 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON - Jason Lezak broke training on Monday morning in the most American of ways. Lezak, who lives in Irvine, swam his one and only Olympic event on Sunday. With no more concern about a training diet, he shared on Twitter a picture of three Egg McMuffins and the caption: "Finally!" The competition does not start until Wednesday for Jessica Hardy of Long Beach, who will swim the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events. Not long after Lezak tweeted, so did Hardy: "I get more tired watching meets than when I'm competing!
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- According to TiVo, the company that produces equipment that can be used on your television to back up and replay particular moments, the five most TiVoed moments on the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday included two swimming events and two from men's gymnastics. A TiVo spokeswoman, in an email, said that swimmer Ryan Lochte's gold win when Michael Phelps finished fourth was the most TiVoed, followed by men's gymnast Jonathan Horton's fall off the pommel horse; then John Orozco's well-done pommel horse routine; Phelps' loser's interview; and when Sun Yang became the first Chinese to win an Olympic swimming event.
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July 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- After Michael Phelps' two poor swims on the first day of the Olympics, would the United States be better off without him in the 400-meter freestyle relay? Jason Lezak, the U.S. relay hero in the Beijing Olympics, says no. "I don't think that should be a question," Lezak said. The U.S. fielded a B team in Sunday morning's relay heats, with Lezak, Jimmy Feigen, Matt Grevers and Ricky Berens posting the second-fastest qualifying time. The U.S. team for Sunday night's finals is expected to include Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones, the top two finishers in the 100 meters at the Olympic trials.
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July 29, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Shooter Kim Rhode became the first American to win individual medals at five consecutive Olympics with a sensational display in women's skeet, hitting 99 of 100 targets. The El Monte resident celebrated the gold-medal moment with a bright smile and a fist pump. Her performance Sunday tied a world record. Wei Ning of China came in second, hitting 91 of the 100 targets. Rhode's streak started at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where she won gold, then bronze in Sydney, gold in Athens and silver in Beijing.
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June 30, 2012 | Bill Shaikin
Jason Lezak gave Michael Phelps a huge assist four years ago. Ryan Lochte gave Lezak a huge assist this time around, and Lezak parlayed his appreciation into a spot on his fourth consecutive U.S. Olympic team. Lezak will forever be known as the swimmer whose incredible final leg of the 400 freestyle relay kept alive Phelps' dream to win eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. But history and sentiment count for nothing at the Olympic trials. Lezak won the final spot on this year's relay team, finishing sixth in the 100 freestyle Friday.
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May 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
It is a cool, overcast morning in Irvine and 10 swimmers of varying skills are taking a lesson in one corner of the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Some bellies hang over the swimsuits and a woman keeps mumbling about getting water in her ear. These aren't pros or even talented youngsters. They are in their 20s and 30s and are so different from the solitary man in the fifth lane who has arrived carrying a black mesh bag that holds goggles, a pair of fins, a small parachute and a snorkel that looks like one your 10-year-old might take to the beach.
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June 21, 2003 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Jason Lezak won't easily forget his disappointing performance at the U.S. spring national championships in April. Those memories motivate him to swim a lot faster than he did that week. He was very fast Friday at the TYR Meet of Champions, defeating a world-class field in the 100-meter freestyle and breaking his two-year-old meet record at Marguerite Recreation Center in Mission Viejo. Lezak, 27, won the race in 49.
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May 25, 1998 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the 100-meter freestyle Sunday, Jason Lezak had more important things to worry about than racing Sabir Muhammad, one of the nation's top swimmers, at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine. Such as whether he could keep up in the race. But Lezak shocked even himself on the final day of the meet, winning the race in 51.99 seconds at the Heritage Park Swim Complex. "I was really surprised at my time," Lezak said. "Sabir is a really good freestyler and I knew it would be a tough race.
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August 20, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Whether it was the night sparkling with consistent 1-2 finishes for the United States or victories in both swim relays, it was an emphatic statement for the future. Not only for next year at the World Championships but for that meet known as the Olympics, looming in 2012. "Every race has been a dogfight," Michael Phelps said. "We're having new guys step up and race, having the veterans step up and show some strength and put up some good times. Going into next year, we could very well have one of the strongest World Championship teams we've ever had. " Where to start on Friday night at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine?
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August 31, 2008 | Bill Plaschke
Michael Phelps returned from Beijing to a Magic Kingdom, a Disneyland parade in a red convertible with Mickey Mouse at his side and America at his feet. Jason Lezak flew home in coach. "I tried to upgrade, but everything in business was taken," he said. "At least I still got my aisle seat." Michael Phelps returned from Beijing to a magic carpet ride, an "Entourage" cameo followed by a "Saturday Night Live" gig followed by a $1.6-million book deal. Jason Lezak changed planes in San Francisco, and still couldn't get bumped up from coach.
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