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March 2, 2001 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Joanna Zeiger, the lone elite U.S. woman entered in Sunday's L.A. Marathon, downplays her chances of becoming the first American to win since 1994, she has surprised before. Entering the Sydney Olympics last September, Zeiger was ranked No. 38 in the world in the women's triathlon. She finished fourth. "I highly doubt I'm a favorite," Zeiger said Wednesday from San Diego during a break in training for the marathon. "But I'm really excited. It's supposed to be a great race.
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March 2, 2001 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Joanna Zeiger, the lone elite U.S. woman entered in Sunday's L.A. Marathon, downplays her chances of becoming the first American to win since 1994, she has surprised before. Entering the Sydney Olympics last September, Zeiger was ranked No. 38 in the world in the women's triathlon. She finished fourth. "I highly doubt I'm a favorite," Zeiger said Wednesday from San Diego during a break in training for the marathon. "But I'm really excited. It's supposed to be a great race.
SPORTS
October 5, 1998 | From Associated Press
For the third straight year, Peter Reid of Canada and Natascha Badmann of Switzerland provided international victories Saturday in the windy and overcast 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship through the humid and unforgiving lava fields. Reid, 29, took the lead from Jurgen Zack of Germany two miles into the 112-mile bike segment and then was never challenged en route to his win in 8 hours 24 minutes 20 seconds.
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May 24, 1987 | CHRIS DE LUCA
When Daniel Pierce, a swimmer at Castle Park High School, heard that Mission Viejo swimmer Lars Jorgensen would be transferring to Mt. Carmel High last fall, he feared his new competition. "I was scared," Pierce, a junior, said. "I remember swimming against him when I was 14. When I heard he was coming down here, I said 'Oh no.' " Fears aside, Pierce narrowly defeated Jorgensen to win the 200-yard freestyle Saturday at the San Diego Section swimming championship at Mt. Carmel.
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February 27, 2001 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One-and-a-half million paper cups. Fifty-five thousand gallons of water. And 300 tubes of petroleum jelly. Those supplies constitute a small sampling of what more than 23,000 runners, representing 80 countries and all 50 U.S. states are expected to go through Sunday for Los Angeles Marathon XVI. That's not to mention the 40,000 medals, 6,700 yards of tape or 22,500 feet of rope that officials and volunteers will be dealing with when the four-race event gets underway at 6 a.m.
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June 1, 2000 | MARTIN BECK
Ron Cooke had run the 120-mile relay from Baker to Las Vegas over desert back roads, but he was seeking a tougher challenge. "I felt a desert race ought to include some desert," said Cooke, a deputy with the Orange County marshal's office, "and not be just a run on asphalt." So Cooke spent long weekends in 1995 on desert reconnaissance missions, mapping out an alternative course.
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The triathlon has always had an image problem. In its early stages, in the 1970s, it was considered a pursuit of the athletically obsessed. Only a few truly dedicated athletes could attain and maintain the conditioning to compete in the Hawaii Ironman, which required an open-water swim of more than two miles, a bike ride of 112 miles and a marathon run, all performed under a tropical sun. It was considered a niche sport, an oddity, limited mostly to the San Diego area.
SPORTS
September 20, 2000 | From staff and wire reports
Updating the progress of regional athletes competing in the Olympics in Sydney: JAMIE DANTZSCHER / GYMNASTICS When the U.S. women struggled in international gymnastics competition the last few years, Bela Karolyi was called upon this winter to help restore the national team among the world's elite. Some would say it worked as the U.S. women finished fourth in the team competition Tuesday.
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May 22, 1986 | CHRIS DE LUCA
After she had completed her record-breaking swim in the 100-yard freestyle, Mt. Carmel's Heather Merten accepted the congratulations and immediately plunged into the nearby warmup pool to prepare for her next event. As the freshman swimmer glided through her warmup laps, a smile stretched across her face, apparently the only acknowledgement of her record-shattering feats in the Mt.
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May 12, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Another race, another record for Deena Drossin, the beacon of hope for U.S. women's distance running. Drossin, who grew up in Agoura Hills and lives in Mammoth Lakes, became the first U.S. woman to break 31 minutes in the 10,000-meter run when she was clocked in 30 minutes, 50.32 seconds at The Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on May 3. She demolished the previous U.S. record of 31:19.89, set by Lynn Jennings in a bronze-medal performance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Add that to the U.S.
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