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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY and PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The lingering symbol of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games--the statues of two nude, headless athletes at the peristyle entrance of the Coliseum--will remain undraped during the start of the Olympic torch relay Saturday morning.
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SPORTS
August 6, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- Uh, hello? The U.S. men's basketball team continued to play with substantially less fire than the Olympic flame, muddling through a preliminary game against Argentina and emerging with a 60-59 halftime lead Monday at Olympic Park basketball arena. The U.S. hasn't looked sharp for three halves of basketball, including a 99-94 victory over Lithuania two days ago. Manu Ginobili has 16 points for Argentina, which had no problems scoring at all, shooting 63% and making all 14 of its free-throw attempts in the half.
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SPORTS
May 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  The flame that will burn during the London Summer Olympics was lit in Greece on Thursday in an elaborate ceremony hearkening back to ancient days. It started when an actress, dressed as a high priestess, stood before the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, and used a mirror to focus the sun's rays and light a torch. You know, just like you light your fireplace at home. The first torch-bearer, Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis, then took the torch and started running.
SPORTS
July 27, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LONDON - It was early Friday night here, and neither Don Porter nor Jessica Mendoza was in a good place. Limos were gathering the VIPs from the VIP hotels along Park Lane. Soon, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics would begin. They were to be, as all Olympic openings have become, an artistic springboard to an athletic extravaganza. Porter sat in an empty lounge alcove of the Grosvenor House Hotel and watched the hustle and bustle of departing dignitaries. He attended his first Games in 1968 in Mexico City, and with the exception of the U.S.-boycotted Moscow Games and the Munich Games in 1972, he had been to every Olympic Summer opener since 1976 in Montreal.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | By Jon Healey
On his first campaign trip overseas, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney learned the first rule of diplomacy: Never say what you're really thinking. Romney is getting heat from some of the press in London for telling an American news outlet (NBC Nightly News) on Wednesday that there were "disconcerting" signs about the city's readiness for the Summer Olympic Games, which open officially Friday night. In particular, Romney noted reports that faulted the private security company hired for the Games for "not having enough people," as well as the "supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials.
NEWS
August 23, 1988 | United Press International
An actress dressed as a high priestess of ancient Greece today lit the Olympic flame that will be carried to Seoul, South Korea, for the 1988 Summer Games beginning Sept. 17. The semi-official Athens News Agency said the actress ignited the Olympic torch from the sun's rays focused to a point by a concave mirror at the sanctuary of Zeus, a god of ancient Greece, in Olympia.
SPORTS
July 27, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LONDON - It was early Friday night here, and neither Don Porter nor Jessica Mendoza was in a good place. Limos were gathering the VIPs from the VIP hotels along Park Lane. Soon, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics would begin. They were to be, as all Olympic openings have become, an artistic springboard to an athletic extravaganza. Porter sat in an empty lounge alcove of the Grosvenor House Hotel and watched the hustle and bustle of departing dignitaries. He attended his first Games in 1968 in Mexico City, and with the exception of the U.S.-boycotted Moscow Games and the Munich Games in 1972, he had been to every Olympic Summer opener since 1976 in Montreal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995
The United Way and the 1996 Olympic Committee are looking for 50 to 60 volunteers to carry the Olympic flame as it travels through Orange County on its way to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The flame, which will be flown from Athens, Greece, to Los Angeles International Airport, will be relayed April 27 from Seal Beach to San Clemente along Pacific Coast Highway.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1996 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The closest that the Olympic torch will get to this part of town during its upcoming cross-country journey is the small fabrication shop inside GT Bicycles' factory, where machinists are scrambling to build devices to hold the flame in place when it's being carried by bicyclists. In past torch relays, bikers typically traveled at slow speeds and carried torches by hand.
SPORTS
February 21, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
When local organizing committee officials placed an Olympic flame on Mt. Allan, the site of the Alpine skiing competition, they made it accessible to spectators who might want to light candles by it. They thought it would represent a ritualistic link to the Ancient Olympics. But if they thought everyone would hold the flame sacred, the officials found out otherwise last week when they caught spectators roasting wieners over the fire.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | By Jon Healey
On his first campaign trip overseas, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney learned the first rule of diplomacy: Never say what you're really thinking. Romney is getting heat from some of the press in London for telling an American news outlet (NBC Nightly News) on Wednesday that there were "disconcerting" signs about the city's readiness for the Summer Olympic Games, which open officially Friday night. In particular, Romney noted reports that faulted the private security company hired for the Games for "not having enough people," as well as the "supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials.
SPORTS
July 24, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
  LONDON -- Hockey weather, it was not. Of course, it ended up the hottest day of the year in the area -- thus far -- when Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu had his turn with the Olympic torch, running through Hillingdon. This was Day 67 of the torch's journey, leading up to the start of the Summer Games. Koivu probably would have been thrilled to run in rain. The  Finn, who is an IOC member, called Tuesday's adventure "an unbelievable experience. " Koivu has competed in four Winter Olympics with the best result coming in 2006 when Finland won the silver.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Music and athletics are sometimes not a natural fit. Yes, basketball stars hang with hip-hop stars, and X-Games riders hang out with punk rockers, but the worlds of jocks and musicians don't exactly intersect. When they do, it usually results in extremes. In one corner, there's complete camp -- "The Super Bowl Shuffle" -- and in the other, there's complete schmaltz --R. Kelly's "Space Jam"-affiliated "I Believe I Can Fly. " Muse had perhaps one of the more thankless tasks in crafting a song for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
SPORTS
May 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  The flame that will burn during the London Summer Olympics was lit in Greece on Thursday in an elaborate ceremony hearkening back to ancient days. It started when an actress, dressed as a high priestess, stood before the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, and used a mirror to focus the sun's rays and light a torch. You know, just like you light your fireplace at home. The first torch-bearer, Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis, then took the torch and started running.
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.
SPORTS
February 16, 2010 | Chris Erskine
"You in town for the Olympics?" the waitress asks. "There's an Olympics here?" I answer. And with that, an evening begins at Yuk-Yuk's, Vancouver's premier comedy club -- an outpost for sarcasm, anarchy and subversive Olympic humor. Personally, I've never had much patience with funny people. But let's give these kids a chance. Onstage is Simon King, whose rat-a-tat-tat delivery is like that of a younger Robin Williams. He growls into the microphone, then punishes it with bleating llama sounds, then launches into a manic rant about the Winter Games.
SPORTS
May 8, 1996
The Olympic flame, slowly making its way to Atlanta, went out briefly Tuesday when a cyclist carrying the torch fell while crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington. The cyclist tumbled when the rim of his tire caught in the wire grating of the bridge, extinguishing the flame. "That's happened before," said Alison Weir Snook, a spokeswoman for the relay. A replacement torch was lit from the "mother flame," said Alexis Davis, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the letter arrived at her Woodland Hills home in February saying she'd been picked to carry the Olympic torch, Agnes Hector thought it was a joke. Her husband William, annoyed, promptly threw it away. The 82-year-old former ballerina said she learned it was true only after "reading my name in the newspaper."
SPORTS
July 28, 2009 | Bill Brink
The big news The Games of the XXIII Olympiad began in the Coliseum in front of 92,665 spectators. When each raised a colored card, the stands offered a display of the flags of every country participating in the Games. Absent from the display were 14 flags from the countries that followed the Soviet Union's boycott. The David L. Wolper-produced opening ceremony mesmerized those inside the Coliseum as well as those at home, with ABC's Jim McKay and Peter Jennings handling the commentary.
SPORTS
August 7, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
BEIJING -- It started at Barcelona in 1992. The grumble was almost perceptible. Part of the world that cared about the Olympics embraced the concept of the Dream Team. Another part smelled a sellout. The Olympic Games -- a place to overcome and achieve and be celebrated, even if you fenced or synchronized swam -- had turned pro. Of course, it had done that years before, just not so publicly.
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