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February 12, 1989 | SCOTT OSTLER
What enables some basketball players to soar whereas others remain ground-bound? Is is heredity, environment, luck, pluck, fate or what? Theories abound. "You'll notice there's a prototype body for leapers," Wilt Chamberlain said. "Strong haunches, thin toward the ankles. They're race-horse thin, like whippets. "Jumping wasn't something I taught myself, it was something I was born with. You're either blessed with a certain amount of jumping ability or you're not."
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July 3, 1988 | JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Two days after a motorcycle malfunction on Sunset Boulevard in Bel-Air threw Jon Franks into a metal pole at 50 m.p.h., he made a promise: "Everyone was in my room crying, and I thought, what's everyone so upset about? I said, 'Calm down, guys, I'm going to do the Ironman. I'll show you.' "For some reason, I picked that event. I guess I needed something else to go after."
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October 16, 1994 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Welcome to hell. Feel privileged for the invitation. Then again, when the heat is so intense coming off the black asphalt that some have painted the bottoms of their shoes white in hopes of deflecting at least a few degrees, when the 50 m.p.h. gusts whip in the face during the 112-mile bike ride, feel privileged to be able to feel anything besides that I.V. needle in the arm. "You go through a lot of times during the day saying, 'Why didn't I just take the job at 7-Eleven?'
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March 6, 1995
1. Rolando Vera, Ecuador 2:11:39 2. Bob Kempainen, Minnetonka, Minn. 2:11:59 3. Martin Pitayo, Mexico 2:12:49 4. Arturo Barrios, Boulder, Colo. 2:14:47 5. Mark Plaatjes, Boulder, Colo. 2:15:41 6. Jose Santana, Brazil 2:18:01 7. Danny Ree, Riverside 2:21:06 8. Daniel Martinez, Alhambra 2:21:35 9. Hiroyuki Ito, Japan 2:23:33 10. Katsuya Natsume, Japan 2:23:54 11. Hector Lopez, Los Angeles 2:25:42 12. Michael Alexander, Trinidad Tobago 2:25:58 13. Marcos Juarez, Guatemala 2:26:03 14.
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March 30, 1998
MEN 17 AND UNDER 1. Jose Garduno, Van Nuys, CA: 03:02:36 2. Elionai Gutierrez, Norwalk, CA: 03:03:05 3. Omar Ortega, North Hills, CA: 03:03:22 4. Gavin Kerr, El Segundo, CA: 03:05:46 5. Ignacio Pineda, Culver City, CA: 03:11:11 6. Juan Granados, North Hills, CA: 03:14:57 7. Javier Jimenez, Sylmar, CA: 03:14:58 8. Noah Klein, Los Angeles, CA: 03:19:44 9. Aaron Misakian, Raymond, CA: 03:20:23 10. Jonathan Williams, Thermal, CA: 03:21:07 MEN 18 TO 24 1. Zebedayo Bayo, Tanzania: 02:11:21 2.
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