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July 9, 1990 | MIKE PENNER
There are faster canoes than the one that belongs to Jirka Batlik. Sunday afternoon in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Festival 500-meter one-man sprint, there were four of them. But to Batlik, it's still a special vessel. He calls it his lifeboat. Fourteen years ago, that canoe carried him to freedom, from behind a curtain that was still iron and from under a fist of the same mettle. Batlik spent the first 23 years of his life in Prague, Czechoslovakia, most of them devoted to finding a way out.
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July 9, 1990 | MIKE PENNER
There are faster canoes than the one that belongs to Jirka Batlik. Sunday afternoon in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Festival 500-meter one-man sprint, there were four of them. But to Batlik, it's still a special vessel. He calls it his lifeboat. Fourteen years ago, that canoe carried him to freedom, from behind a curtain that was still iron and from under a fist of the same mettle. Batlik spent the first 23 years of his life in Prague, Czechoslovakia, most of them devoted to finding a way out.
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July 20, 1993
Badminton Jeff Kamphius, Garden Grove Baseball Derek Baker, Tustin; Marcus Jones, Yorba Linda; Brett Nista, Laguna Hills; Pete Zamora, Mission Viejo; Chris Snitko, Anaheim Women's Basketball Jody Anton, Brea Men's Canoe/Kayak Jirka Batlik, Newport Beach; Michael Eisert, Dana Point; Patrick Hemmens, Balboa Island; Rich Long, Laguna Niguel; David Spaulding, Newport Beach Women's Canoe/Kayak Brook Dery, Dana Point; Shirly Dery-Batlik, Newport Beach; Katrina Egan, Newport Beach Men's Diving Tyce
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July 31, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN
Janae Lautenschlager has been full of surprises. On Friday, days after winning a silver medal in the one-meter springboard, she barely hung on to survive the preliminaries in the three-meter springboard. Lautenschlager, from Northridge, scored 389.22 points to earn the 12th and final spot for Sunday's finals. Meanwhile, Nancy Janik, 32, from Simi Valley, remained relatively consistent. After placing fourth in the one-meter event, she is in third place in the three-meter competition with 431.
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July 13, 1987
A wrestler, a fencer and a roller skater. They're just three of at least 90 Orange County residents who will be among the 3,000 athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in North Carolina today through July 26. And it's all. . .
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September 10, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
Standing fully dressed but barefoot in the sand of Upper Newport Bay, six high school students from Okazaki, Japan, took lessons Monday in Southern California living. The students held kayak paddles at the Newport Aquatic Center as they listened to Sheila Conover, a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic kayak team, issue instructions. Then they erupted into giggles.
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October 14, 1999 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long-distance bicycle races aren't supposed to come down to the wire. After 500 miles of riding, finishers are usually separated by hours, not seconds. But in the narrowest margin of victory in the history of the Furnace Creek 508, Orange County-based Team Rat Pack won the relay division by three seconds over Bakersfield-based Team Action Sports Sunday. However, there was no neck-and-neck race to the finish.
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July 19, 1987 | ROBYN NORWOOD, Times Staff Writer
Eddie Sutton, coach of the U.S. Olympic Festival South basketball team, has taken to issuing an idle and friendly threat to LeRon Ellis when he passes him in the hallways of the dormitory where they are staying here. Ellis, who is on the West team, will play for Sutton at the University of Kentucky this fall. "I've kind of psyched him out," Sutton said. "When I run into him, I say, 'We're going to beat you, and if we don't, you might not be able to show up next year.'
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July 31, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The name of sportscaster Marv Albert, awaiting trial in Virginia on forcible assault and sodomy charges, appears on a "client list" recovered by police from the Manhattan apartment of a dominatrix slain Saturday night, law enforcement sources said Wednesday in New York. There is no indication that Albert is a suspect in the slaying. The New York Police Department declined to confirm or deny whether Albert's name appears on the client list.
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