CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2003 |
Gayle Olinekova, a marathon runner and fitness guru whose chiseled, muscular legs helped change cultural views about beauty in female athletes in the 1980s, has died. She was 50. Olinekova, who also wrote five books to promote healthy lifestyles and became a doctor of chiropractic in Westlake Village, died of cancer Nov. 26 at the City of Hope in Duarte. Once a sprinter on the Canadian national track team, Olinekova made the unorthodox transition to marathon running in the 1970s.
June 27, 1985 |
You wouldn't think by looking at him that Michael Reed has a future in sports. A 17-year-old student at Culver High School, Reed suffers from arthrogryposis, a disease of the connective tissue that has left him with little control of his limbs. Yet Reed rolled his wheelchair onto the Pepperdine University track one day last week to join 120 other able-bodied and disabled high school students from throughout the state who were exploring ways in which they might make a living with sports.
October 15, 2007 |
Kate Schmidt, twice an Olympic javelin bronze medalist and a former world-record holder, made an earnest case in The Times' Opinion section Sunday for allowing athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs that are now banned. She began by saying it is unfair to demonize Marion Jones, who last week admitted to having used steroids, for having done something everyone does.
May 14, 1990 |
Ever since she found a javelin under the Christmas tree six years ago, Ashley Selman has been working toward throwing the spear farther than anyone else. But though she dreamed of being among the best female javelin throwers in the nation, Selman never thought her dream would come true. It has. The USC sophomore currently ranks third in the event among Americans--second among collegians--with her throw of 184 feet 10 inches.
September 10, 1998 |
The new Warner Bros. movie about Steve Prefontaine is called "Without Limits." As an alternative title, I like, "Better Than the Last Movie About Steve Prefontaine." For a more comprehensive review from a genuine critic about the movie that opens Friday, turn to that day's Calendar section. From a sportswriter's perspective, I was impressed with the movie's respect for details.
September 23, 1994 |
The Orlando Magic signed former Miami Heat guard Brian Shaw on Thursday, its second free-agent acquisition this week. Shaw, who will fill the vacancy created when Scott Skiles was traded to Washington, reportedly signed a one-year contract for $682,500 because of salary-cap constraints. Shaw had apparently turned down an offer to re-sign with the Heat for $2 million annually. The Magic signed Horace Grant on Monday.
July 30, 1989 |
The question seems innocent. "Did you win?" The people back home want to know. You have traveled, dressed in the good ol' red, white and blue, to distant and foreign lands, representing Uncle Sam and the American way. So, tell us, did you make us proud? Did you break a record and put those mustachioed East Germans in their place? If only it were so easy. If those people only understood that winning, per se, was not the point. Donna Mayhew has won enough to know. And lost enough, too.
December 4, 1994 |
Eleven Chinese competitors in October's Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan, where China won 137 gold medals, were stripped of their medals Saturday after testing positive for drugs, the Olympic Council of Asia said. The 11 included five women and six men. According to the Xinhua news agency, the women were swimmers Yang Aihua, Lu Bin and Zhou Guanbin, hurdler Han Qing and cyclist Wang Yan. The men were swimmers Xiong Guoming, Hu Bin, Zhang Bin and Fu Yong, and canoeists Zhang Lei and Qiu Suoren.
July 13, 1993 |
Lotus Burtoft is moving to Colorado and knows life will be too hectic to find a health club right away. So the 44-year-old North Hills resident is packing an exercise video that she's sure will motivate her to stay in shape. It stars not Jane Fonda or other fitness video royalty but Burtoft and her personal trainer, Rudy Hayek, director of Paragon Fitness Studio in Tarzana.