February 24, 1995 |
He hugged a teddy bear. This was one of a great many things that separated Greg Louganis from your average athlete. On occasion during his time as the world's greatest diver, he would complete a successful splashdown, emerge from the aqua as triumphant as Neptune with his trident, towel himself dry, then clutch a small stuffed animal to his chest as judges tabulated his scores. More often than not, we saw Louganis literally come up smiling.
July 23, 1992 |
Ahn Jae Hyung, a South Korean who so excelled in Ping-Pong from his elementary school days that his family moved to Pusan to further his pursuit of the game, first glimpsed his true love on his initial trip overseas in 1984 to compete in a tournament in Pakistan. "Her quiet ways and her intense mood attracted me," Ahn said of Jiao Zhimin of China, who won medals in what was also her first overseas competition.
February 5, 1992 |
Scott Fortune entered Laguna Beach High School in 1980 as a reluctant volleyball player, participating in the sport only under the insistence of his mother. Four years later, Fortune had played for two Southern Section championship teams and wasbeing wooed by the top college programs. And by 1988, Fortune had an Olympic gold medal draped around his neck. Shortly after the Olympics, Fortune went to the Richard Henry Dana Elementary School in Dana Point, where his mother had been a teacher.
July 20, 1991
Of athletes who competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, 73.6% had participated in U.S. Olympic Festivals. The following are percentages in selected sports: MOST Archery: 100% Diving: 100% Rhythmic Gymnastics: 100% Modern Pentathlon: 100% Synchronized Swimming: 100% LEAST Tennis: 0% Equestrian: 9% Yachting: 13% Swimming: 46% Speedskating: 41% Volleyball: 51% Basketball: 52%
July 14, 1991 |
LaTaunya Pollard's daughter already speaks Italian. Chiara is 3. No wonder Jennifer Azzi is envious. Azzi, the 1989 NCAA Division I female basketball player of the year, is still trying to master the language after her first season playing in the Italian League. Valerie Still has gone a couple of steps better. A singer, pianist and guitarist in the band Under 99, she has recorded two records and performed at a variety of Italian nightclubs.
December 5, 1990
Experts in East Germany developed a performance-enhancing nasal spray before the 1988 Olympic Games that had the same effect as anabolic steroids and was virtually undetectable, a leading swimmer alleged Tuesday. Raik Hannemann, who Monday admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs, said traces of the drug's use would disappear after three days.