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May 6, 1990 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Scott is trying to forget about his recent times in the 1,500 and mile. He wants to just relax and run. He doesn't want to worry about pace. Funny, though. It is Scott's pace in the mile every American is gunning for. At 3:47.69, he is--and has been since 1982--the U.S. record-holder. Subtle things, such as competitors handing him a pen and a shoe and asking for an autograph, remind him of his position.
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June 20, 2012 | David Wharton
His new legs arrived on a Saturday in late summer. They were made of carbon fiber, glossy and sleek and shaped like boomerangs. Standing on them for the first time, Blake Leeper tested their flex. Just like the real thing, he thought, so alive. "I was scared," he says. All his life, Leeper had worn what amputees call "walking legs," which are built sturdy for getting around but are not so great for running or jumping. Those legs had carried him through countless basketball and baseball games, from youth leagues to high school.
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May 13, 1985 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Joaquim Cruz's long, sinewy legs, which carried him out of a Brazilian slum and to a gold medal in the Olympic 800-meter race last summer, were being pounded and manipulated by a therapist the way one would tenderize a steak. Occasionally, when the therapist reached a sensitive spot near the hamstring, Cruz winced and tightened his muscles. It was obvious that, on this day, Cruz wasn't enjoying his hour-long massage.
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May 6, 1990 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Scott is trying to forget about his recent times in the 1,500 and mile. He wants to just relax and run. He doesn't want to worry about pace. Funny, though. It is Scott's pace in the mile every American is gunning for. At 3:47.69, he is--and has been since 1982--the U.S. record-holder. Subtle things, such as competitors handing him a pen and a shoe and asking for an autograph, remind him of his position.
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April 2, 1988
Joaquim Cruz, the 1984 Olympic 800-meter champion, will run the 1,500 meters in the Mt. SAC Invitational April 24 at Walnut.
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June 7, 1987 | Associated Press
Three-time national champion Doug Padilla sprinted away from Steve Scott at the finish Saturday night to win the 5,000 meters in the Prefontaine track and field meet. Scott, running his first 5,000 since 1979, stayed with Padilla throughout but was unable to match the winner's final kick. Padilla was timed in 13:30.20, with Scott close behind in 13:30.39. Brazil's Joaquim Cruz, the Olympic 800-meter champion who lives in Eugene, won the mile in 3:56.36.
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September 30, 1988 | Mike Downey
If Florence Griffith Joyner is a man, then call me Michelle. This Brazil nut, Joaquim Cruz, said she looks like a man. Joaquim needs his eyes checked. Joaquim also said something even more nasty about Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence's sister-in-law and one of the nicest people around. Joaquim needs his brain checked. "If Joaquim Cruz thinks my wife looks like a man, then evidently he hasn't seen my wife," Al Joyner said Thursday.
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July 20, 1985 | Associated Press
Joaquim Cruz, Brazil's Olympic 800-meter gold medal winner, was banned Friday night from his next two track meets in Europe after pulling out of a scheduled showdown with Britain's Sebastian Coe, the world record-holder. Cruz and Coe, who won the silver medal last summer at Los Angeles, were expected to race here Friday night for the first time since the Olympics.
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September 29, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Florence Griffith Joyner was relaxing in her hotel room Wednesday night, watching the Cable News Network on the Armed Forces Korean Network when she heard her name mentioned. She thought that it must be a report about the American record she had set in the quarterfinals of the 200 meters earlier in the day. It turned out to be an allegation about the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by her and her husband's sister, Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
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April 15, 1990 | LAURA PALMER
Joaquim Cruz, the Brazilian who has run the second-fastest 800 meters ever, left even his competition a little star-struck at the UC San Diego Open Invitational at the Alex G. Spanos Track Saturday. Cruz was a little surprised by all the attention--the photographs, the autographs, the constant reminder over the loud speaker that Cruz has been one of the fastest runners in the world. Cruz, who hadn't competed in the 800 since February 1989, won the event in 1:49.14.
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September 30, 1988 | Mike Downey
If Florence Griffith Joyner is a man, then call me Michelle. This Brazil nut, Joaquim Cruz, said she looks like a man. Joaquim needs his eyes checked. Joaquim also said something even more nasty about Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence's sister-in-law and one of the nicest people around. Joaquim needs his brain checked. "If Joaquim Cruz thinks my wife looks like a man, then evidently he hasn't seen my wife," Al Joyner said Thursday.
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September 30, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Apparently distressed by the furor over an interview he did with a Rio de Janeiro television reporter, Brazil's Joaquim Cruz, suddenly shy, was a no-show Friday at the Olympic Stadium for his 1,500-meter semifinal race. Also missing was Morocco's Said Aouita, the world record-holder, who has a pulled left hamstring.
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September 29, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Florence Griffith Joyner was relaxing in her hotel room Wednesday night, watching the Cable News Network on the Armed Forces Korean Network when she heard her name mentioned. She thought that it must be a report about the American record she had set in the quarterfinals of the 200 meters earlier in the day. It turned out to be an allegation about the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by her and her husband's sister, Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
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May 14, 1988
Joaquim Cruz, the 800-meter gold medalist in the 1984 Olympic Games, has entered the mile in the Pepsi Invitational track and field meet June 5 at UCLA.
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August 13, 1987 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
OK, so maybe the time reminded you of a good high school meet instead of the Olympic Games. Or even the Pan American Games. But when you watched the Brazilian, in green and gold, sail so smoothly, so effortlessly down the home stretch in the 1,500-meter final Wednesday night, memories of Los Angeles in 1984 came drifting back. First, the hot lime shoes, with orange trim. The toothpaste smile, the ax-handle shoulders. It's three years after the Olympics, and nothing has changed.
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