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August 25, 1989 | MIKE REILLEY, Times Staff Writer
During her days as a triathlete, Liz Downing knew her hopes for victory usually would sink on the first leg of the swimming-cycling-running competition. A competitive distance runner since age 9 and a cycling enthusiast, Downing enjoyed only marginal success when she started competing in triathlons in 1985. She invariably fell behind on the swimming leg, and had to play catch-up on the cycling and running legs.
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August 5, 1991 | KIM KUTCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the past, when Liz Downing finished a biathlon, she would guzzle some water, look at her watch and then wait for the next women's competitor to finish. She often waited a long, long time. Downing's wait wasn't quite so long Sunday in the Coors Light Biathlon at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, but the result was the same as she won in 1 hour 22 minutes 55 seconds.
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August 5, 1991 | KIM KUTCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the past, when Liz Downing finished a biathlon, she would guzzle some water, look at her watch and then wait for the next women's competitor to finish. She often waited a long, long time. Downing's wait wasn't quite so long Sunday in the Coors Light Biathlon at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, but the result was the same as she won in 1 hour 22 minutes 55 seconds.
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August 25, 1989 | MIKE REILLEY, Times Staff Writer
During her days as a triathlete, Liz Downing knew her hopes for victory usually would sink on the first leg of the swimming-cycling-running competition. A competitive distance runner since age 9 and a cycling enthusiast, Downing enjoyed only marginal success when she started competing in triathlons in 1985. She invariably fell behind on the swimming leg, and had to play catch-up on the cycling and running legs.
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May 26, 1990
The defending men's and women's world champions will be among those entered in Sunday's biathlon at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Champions George Pierce and Liz Downing and other professionals will compete for the $50,000 first prize in the elite division. The biathlon also includes age divisions for amateurs. The races begin at 8 a.m. The event will begin with a five-kilometer run followed by a 30-kilometer bicycle race and another five-kilometer run.
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July 26, 1990 | MIKE GLAZE
Karrie King of Northridge has raced in only one of the four races in this summer's Coors Lite biathlon series. She missed the first three run-bike-run competitions because of a stress fracture in her right leg. But after a sixth-place effort in the series stop in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, King is tied for 10th place with 16 points overall. Points are awarded on a 50-40-32-26-20-16-13-10-8-7 basis throughout the 14-race series. In the Grand Prix finale in November, point totals are doubled.
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August 28, 1989 | MIKE REILLEY, Times Staff Writer
Ken Souza, never one to peer over his shoulder during a race, continued his unbeaten streak Sunday at the Coors Light Biathlon Series at the Brea Marketplace. Souza, who splits his training between San Diego and Boulder, Colo., held off late charges by Brent Steiner of Tempe, Ariz., and Joel Thompson of Encinitas, to win his 16th consecutive race on the Coors series since it began last year. Liz Downing, of Portland, Ore., won the women's competition.
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May 28, 1990 | ADAM STEINHAUER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joel Thompson, after finishing last in his division in his last race, finished two minutes ahead of the pack Sunday when the Coors Light Biathlon Series came to Orange County. The 31-year-old professional biathlete from Encinitas, finished the approximately five-kilometer run, 30-kilometer bicycle course and another five-kilometer run in 1:09.39. Race officials thought he had broken the Series record until the run and bicycle courses were found to be slightly shorter than the standard distances.
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October 21, 1991 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken Souza gave the field a not-so-gentle reminder of just how much faster it needs to get to catch him. Much. Souza, a former San Diego-based biathlete now of Boulder, Colo., didn't simply win the San Diego Coors Light Biathlon on Sunday at Sabre Springs Business Park. He owned it. Souza covered a 5-kilometer run, 30K bike ride and another 5K run in 1 hour 9 minutes 51 seconds. Illness kept points leader Madeline "Maddy" Tormoen of Colorado Springs, Colo.
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October 27, 1989 | JOHN GEIS
Joel Thompson and Ken Souza are triathletes who can't swim. At least not as well as they'd like. Of course, they don't go around touting their aversion to water. Instead they have become . . . biathletes. The problem is that in the world of endurance sports, biathletes generally are regarded in a lesser light than triathletes, which tends to give biathletes somewhat of an inferiority complex.
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October 18, 1991 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not for a moment did Ken Souza expect to be a factor in the 1991 Coors Light Biathlon Series. After all, Souza, the most widely recognized name in the sport of biathlon, was half a world away, competing in Europe. He was exposed to overseas competition briefly in 1990 and decided to sample it again this year. So how is it that a second Grand Prix series title--he won in 1989--is within reach?
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