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October 23, 1987
Nathan Meade, one of Australia's premier divers, was killed when he apparently misjudged a dive during practice and smashed into the concrete diving platform Thursday at Brisbane, Australia. Meade, 21, was pronounced dead at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Doctors said he suffered massive brain damage. The Australian high-dive champion was a top contender for a spot on his nation's 1988 Olympic team.
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April 27, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz, 61, is president and a director of the LA84 Foundation, the charitable organization that runs off an endowment of surplus funds from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the three decades since those games, LA84 has donated more than $214 million to more than 1,100 Southern California youth sports programs, providing opportunities for more than 3 million children. DeFrantz has spent nearly half her life with the organization, formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation.
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June 8, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Italy defeated Canada, 66-44, in the final game of the women's Olympic basketball qualifying tournament. The victory means the Italians will go to Barcelona if Yugoslavia is barred from the Olympic, as is being considered.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. - A buzz ran through the crowd, an accumulation of murmurs and applause that drifted across the pool to where Michael Phelps stood. It was just loud enough to make the swimmer grin as he stepped onto the block. "You heard people starting to get excited," he said. The 1,200 spectators at poolside weren't alone - an entire sport watched intently as the most-decorated athlete in Olympic history began his comeback from retirement this week. With an unprecedented 22 medals from three Games, Phelps is the Michael Jordan of swimming.
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September 12, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
His fabled accomplishments occurred on a board, above a pool, across an international sports stage upon which he became one of the greatest of Olympic athletes. Yet Greg Louganis is most frequently reminded of his past glory when he gets a haircut. "Everyone who touches my head wants to see the scar," he says. "They're always like, 'Oh, my God, is it still there, can I touch it?" Twenty-five years ago, the scar was a wound that bled its way into Olympic history. It emerged from an unforgettable moment of terror, followed by an equally memorable act of triumph.
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October 15, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Greg Louganis and his partner, Johnny Chaillot, are married! The 53-year-old Olympic diver wed his paralegal fiancee during a sunset ceremony at Geoffrey's in Malibu on Saturday, People reported . "It was amazing because I have so many people from all facets of my life here tonight and they are all here and celebrating it is all wonderful," Louganis told the mag. "I already feel different. The ceremony was so reflective and representative of who we are. " PHOTOS: Gay celebs: Who is out?
SPORTS
February 17, 2010 | By Chris Erskine
Vancouver's best photo op may finally be getting a grander stage. Organizers on Wednesday are expected to announce changes to the fencing surrounding the Olympic caldron after residents and visitors complained that the unsightly chain link ruined the view of the popular waterfront attraction. "This fence is offensive," said Jeffrey Paleczny, one of thousands of visitors angling for a view earlier this week. Among the options: replacing the chain-link fences with Plexiglas and moving the perimeter closer to the flames.
OPINION
June 27, 2012
Re "Locked and loaded for the Olympics," June 25 The Olympic Games are supposed to represent countries coming together with pride and talented athletes and friendly relations with the world community, and yet London is preparing for the 2012 Games with a mass deployment of weapons worthy of wartime peril. It's amazing that for a period of two weeks, people get along with each other, compete fairly and show respect for their peers while the world rejoices at the accomplishments of these dedicated men and women.
OPINION
July 22, 2012
Re "A fashion don't," Opinion, July 19 Given the prominent display of the Ralph Lauren "polo" logo on the jackets to be worn by the U.S. athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games, it is the company that should be paying the U.S. Olympic Committee for the worldwide advertising from which it will benefit. Given the prices charged by the company for the different garments, the members of the U.S. Olympic committee are poor negotiators. Charles Vorsanger Pasadena ALSO: Letters: McCain speaks up for America Letters: GOP tolerant of gays?
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January 30, 2014 | By David Wharton
It was a long time ago -- back in 2003 -- that U.S. ski star Bode Miller won three medals at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. On Thursday, Miller showed that he still knows the slopes, recording the second fastest time in training runs for an upcoming World Cup race there. Miller's time of 1:37.75 was barely eclipsed by Max Franz of Austria, who skied the course 0.03 of second faster. "It was so long ago," the 36-year-old Miller told the Associated Press, referring to his world championship wins. "I used to remember everything, maybe I am getting too old. " After this weekend, the World Cup circuit takes a break for the 2014 Sochi Games.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
Michael Phelps will launch his comeback from retirement on Thursday, but the 22-time Olympic medalist won't make any promises about competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. "I'm doing this because I want to get back in the water," he said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. "I'm having fun. " Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., this week. He is scheduled to swim in only one event Thursday morning, sticking with the 100-meter butterfly after announcing that he will skip the 100-meter freestyle.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Meg James
The NBC broadcast network, after trailing in the ratings for nearly a decade, could finish the TV season in first place among viewers prized by advertisers. Comcast Corp. executives Tuesday lauded the peacock network's performance, which helped power the Philadelphia cable giant's earnings for the quarter ended March 31. This season, NBC has increased its prime-time audience among viewers ages 18 to 49 - the audience that advertisers pay a premium to reach. "The Blacklist" with James Spader and the singing competition show "The Voice" have been reliable performers.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
As if the organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics needed more bad news, angry residents have clashed with police in a slum not far from the planned site of the Games' swimming events. Violence erupted in the Pavao-Pavaozinho neighborhood after the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a dancer on a popular TV show. "The police beat my friend to death, just like they've tortured and killed in other communities," Johanas Mesquita, a 23-year-old resident of Pavao-Pavaozinho, told the Associated Press.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Wharton
Amid growing concerns that Brazil might not be ready to host the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Olympic officials have launched a series of emergency measures to jump-start the much-delayed preparations. This latest effort follows months of sluggish construction, labor strife and governmental chaos in the host country. “We believe that Rio can and will deliver an excellent Games if the appropriate actions are being taken now,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said at a Thursday news conference.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By David Wharton
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee begins a two-day meeting in Belek, Turkey, on Wednesday with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games expected to be a major topic of discussion. Preparations for the Games have been hampered by delays, budget worries and seeming chaos between various levels of government in Brazil. More than 2,000 workers at the Olympic Park construction site have gone on strike and clashed with security personnel. Rio officials met with leaders from various international sports federations at the SportAccord convention in Turkey this week.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Speaking to reporters after a board of directors meeting in Los Angeles on Tuesday, U.S. Olympic Committee leaders said they are in the process of meeting with fewer than 10 American cities interested in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games. The informal discussions will help them decide on two or three domestic finalists. Once the field is narrowed, the USOC will then choose a bid representative -- or choose not to bid at all. "Our goal is to make a decision by the end of the year," said Scott Blackmun, the USOC's chief executive, adding that the current talks have focused on "which cities do we think can put together a bid that is going to be a fantastic bid. " The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games has been working on details for bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time.
SPORTS
October 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
The Olympic torch relay for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has begun a long, strange side trip. While the official relay continues through Russia, a version of the torch is traveling by nuclear-powered icebreaker to the North Pole. It is expected to arrive at the top of the world -- where it will be used to light a cauldron -- in late October.  “I believe it is extremely symbolic to light the Olympic torch there, since Olympic values have remained unchanged for centuries,” Arthur Chilingarov, a Russian polar explorer, told the RIA Novosti news service.
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November 29, 2013 | By David Wharton
Another mishap from the long, adventurous Sochi Olympic torch relay has made its way onto the Internet. The latest glitch reportedly occurred on Wednesday when former bobsledder Pyotr Makarchuk momentarily set himself on fire while carrying the flame through the Siberian city of Abakan. Video of the nighttime incident was posted on YouTube by lifenews.ru. As Makarchuk slowly jogged through a cheering crowd, it appears that some of the torch's fuel dripped onto his left arm and shoulder.
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