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July 27, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
There are a number of other ways Jeff Michels would have chosen to make headlines in sports sections across the United States. Of 11 weightlifters who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, Michels was the lone American. He was stripped of the three gold medals he won in the heavyweight division (242 1/2 pounds) and suspended for two years by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). What is an athlete to do? Michels sued.
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August 1, 1988 | Randy Harvey
Mary Lou Retton was one in a million, the first U.S. female gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal, any medal for that matter, when she finished first in the all-around competition in 1984. Even then, her victory came against a field diminished by the boycott. Except for Romania, the traditional powers in women's gymnastics were absent. Retton might still have won, but we will never know. Yet, as soon as the 1984 Summer Olympics ended, the search began for another Mary Lou.
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August 1, 1988 | Randy Harvey
Mary Lou Retton was one in a million, the first U.S. female gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal, any medal for that matter, when she finished first in the all-around competition in 1984. Even then, her victory came against a field diminished by the boycott. Except for Romania, the traditional powers in women's gymnastics were absent. Retton might still have won, but we will never know. Yet, as soon as the 1984 Summer Olympics ended, the search began for another Mary Lou.
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July 27, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
There are a number of other ways Jeff Michels would have chosen to make headlines in sports sections across the United States. Of 11 weightlifters who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, Michels was the lone American. He was stripped of the three gold medals he won in the heavyweight division (242 1/2 pounds) and suspended for two years by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). What is an athlete to do? Michels sued.
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July 22, 1991 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The guy always said he would be back, and there he was Sunday, returning to his roots as a weightlifter, his sport of choice before switching to bodybuilding and then to something of a promising film career. Before you could say weightlifting at the Olympic Festival had been terminated, Arnold Schwarzenegger had arrived.
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July 29, 1989 | MIKE HISERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Darcy Arreola got what she came for--a hint of what will follow after she finishes her track and cross-country career at Cal State Northridge. Arreola, who will be a senior at CSUN in the fall, finished a distant third in the 3,000-meter race at the U. S. Olympic Festival at John Jacobs Stadium on the University of Oklahoma campus. Her time of 9:20.47 was some seven seconds off her personal best. "This was just for fun," she said.
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July 28, 1985 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Naim Suleimanov, the tiny Bulgarian teen-age weightlifter, might have become one of the stars of the 1984 Olympics if not for the boycott of the Soviet Bloc countries. Suleimanov would have been a perfect media star for a sport that is low on mass appeal, at least in the United States. Suleimanov, 17, looks even younger because he has a baby face. But he totally dominated the 123-pound class last year, becoming the first to lift triple body weight and setting world records in the snatch, clean and total.
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August 10, 1991
Archery The Americans continue to dominate this sport, with Darrell Pace of Hamilton, Ohio, leading after the semifinal round of competition. Ed Eliason of Stansbury Park, Utah, was second and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., was third. For the U.S. women, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Denise Parker of South Jordan, Utah, was leading after the semifinal round and Jennifer O'Donnell of Farmington Hills, Mich., was in third. Elvidia Bueno of Cuba was in second.
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July 20, 1991 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mark Henry approaches the bar and pauses before he exerts himself, eyes glancing toward the ceiling. Every muscle in his 6-foot-3, 364-pound frame strains as he snatches 479 1/2 pounds overhead. He lets out a yell after he completes the lift, which breaks the world record of 476 1/4 pounds. After Henry sets another world record in the clean and jerk, tears roll down his face as he accepts his gold medal in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Olympic Games.
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July 28, 1985 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and JULIE CART, Times Staff Writers
The 11 American track and field athletes who left the 1983 Pan American Games in the wake of unprecedented drug testing thought they were slipping out of the country quietly when they assembled on a humid August night to fly to the United States. The much-publicized drug bust in Caracas, Venezuela, collared 19 athletes from 10 countries. The charge: use of substances banned by the International Olympic Committee. The most-used drug: anabolic steroids. That airlift of U.S.
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