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May 30, 1996 | JEFF KASS
With a balloon launch and a guest appearance by a former Olympic torch-bearer, students at Walker Elementary School staged mock Olympics opening ceremonies Wednesday. Because the Olympic Games happen only once every four years, Principal Robert DeBerry said, "we just wanted our kids to know what it was all about." Led by second-grade teacher Janice Wexler, students have studied the Olympics for the last six weeks to learn about sportsmanship and to increase their awareness of other nations.
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.
November 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Former Olympians Barbara Ann Scott-King, 59, and Ferd Hayward, 76, shared the honor of being the first to bear the Olympic flame during the opening of the cross-Canada torch relay today. Scott-King, a former figure skater, and Hayward, a race walker, smiled and waved to cheering bystanders as they walked the first half-mile of the 11,250-mile relay that will end in Calgary on Feb. 13. "I'm so thrilled," said an elated Scott-King, a gold medal winner in 1948 at the Olympic Winter Games in St.
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.
August 13, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
The Olympic flame may have been extinguished in Atlanta, but for a group of Northridge preschoolers it still burns brightly--at least in spirit. Heading into the final week of a seven-week summer program saluting the Olympic Games and the cultures of the world, Temple Ramat Zion's nursery school spent Monday morning staging Olympic-like games for its eager students.
July 25, 1992 | N.F. MENDOZA
The Olympic Torch will be lit today, signifying the official opening for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. An archer will shoot a fiery arrow 115 feet to ignite the Olympic flame.
August 12, 2004 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
While organizers declared the city prepared to stage the Summer Games and welcomed the Olympic flame on the final leg of its global journey, workers scrambled Wednesday to put the finishing touches on venues and U.S. track and field officials hastened to adjust the team's roster after losing a potential medalist to a drug-related ban. Two days before the opening ceremony, areas of the Olympic Aquatic Complex were strewn with nails, dust, exposed wires and construction debris.
October 12, 1991
Time magazine called it a scandal, and although that may prove no more accurate than referring to a kayak as the Queen Mary, the public perception seems to be that the U.S. Olympic Committee is the sports version of the Nixon White House. President Robert Helmick has resigned, Executive Director Harvey Schiller is under investigation and U.S. Skiing, the national governing body for that sport, is promising that more executive committee heads will roll.
Hundreds of torchbearers carried the Olympic flame through Los Angeles on Tuesday, igniting the enthusiasm of the thousands who cheered them along city streets. The runners were a mix of Southern Californians: relatives of those who died on Sept. 11, movie stars, former Olympians and everyday people nominated by their friends. The Olympic torch relay will cross the Ventura County border shortly before 9 a.m.
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