July 23, 1996 |
The Seoul Olympics had Flo Jo. Atlanta, so far, has Michelle Smith. Smith is the Irish swimmer whose dramatic improvement led to her nation's first gold medal by a woman Saturday, a performance that stunned the swimming world. She had scarcely toweled off before a blizzard of accusations flew, charging that her remarkable times could only have been arrived at through use of performance-enhancing drugs.
July 25, 1996 |
Curiously, bronze medalist Lin Li sat on the podium and didn't answer any questions about performance-enhancing drugs or the present shortcomings and past glories of the Chinese women's swimming team. For once, the Chinese swimmers were out of the firing line. Instead, the questions, allegations and expressions of support were being directed at Ireland's Michelle Smith in every possible form.
April 30, 1998 |
Triple Olympic gold medalist Michelle Smith, again the focus of drug accusations, defiantly denied tampering with a urine sample that may have shown signs of a banned substance. The Irish swimmer, whose success at the Atlanta Games was tainted by rumors of drug-taking although she has never tested positive, vowed Wednesday to fight the latest charges.
February 4, 1997 |
Six months ago, Aug. 4, 1996, the light went out in Georgia. That was the night they shut down the Atlanta Olympics, dousing the caldron that carried the Olympic flame through 17 days of Michael Johnson sprints and MARTA gridlock, Kerri Strug and Coca-Cola, gold medal celebrations and Richard Jewell interrogations. Since then, lives have changed, careers have turned and, in some instances, claims to fame have faded. Take, for example, the Olympic caldron.
October 19, 2013 |
An Illinois dad got the call on Thursday that no parent ever wants to receive. Brad Lewis' ex-wife was on the phone: Their 15-year-old son had shot himself in the chest. In the note Jordan Lewis left behind, he laid blame on bullying. Although stricken with grief, Lewis, 47, found resolve. He took to Facebook that night and posted a series of videos explaining his son's death and the events leading up to it: the alleged bullying, the concern of his son's best friend, the wellness visit by police the night before the suicide, and the 911 call his son made shortly before pulling the trigger.
September 19, 2000 |
The names are almost the same and the questions are exactly the same. Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands, who set a world record in winning the 100-meter butterfly Sunday, returns to the Sydney International Aquatic Center pool for the 100 freestyle preliminaries today. Although she has never tested positive, the Dutch swimmer has faced widespread speculation that her performances have been assisted by banned drugs.