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August 10, 1992 | JULIE CART, The Times
Now they are complaining about the good conditions. Part of the race plan for American marathoner Steve Spence was to capitalize on what he was sure would be horrible race conditions. Because of a morning rainstorm, the temperature for Sunday's race wasn't as high as for the women's, which was held more than a week ago. Spence said it threw him off. "The pollution wasn't as bad as I'd hoped it would be," he said. "And it wasn't as hot. I think we got the best day.
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August 10, 1992 | JIM MURRAY
Adios, amigos. Hasta la vista, Espana. Vaya con dios, Barcelona. Vamonos, companeros. The party's over. Give us a last chorus of Lady of Spain on the accordion, maestro. Have Placido sing us a lament from Carmen. Put a comb in your hair, a rose in your teeth, lady in red, and hop on a table for one more flamenco before we go. Barcelona, si ! Go with God, indeed. Go with pride, Barcelona. You threw a helluva party. I hope you had as much fun as the world did.
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August 10, 1992 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Magic Johnson, who retired when he learned he was HIV positive, has decided to return to the Lakers, pending medical approval, The Times has learned. However, Laker General Manager Jerry West said Sunday he has heard nothing from Johnson. "I absolutely know nothing about it. No one has talked to us about it. I sure wish Magic would talk to us," West said. "It's important for him to talk to the press, but we would like for him to talk to us, too."
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August 10, 1992 | MIKE PENNER
The United States owns precisely one Olympic gold medal in water polo and it won that one in 1904, when the tournament was rigged. That year, the United States was the only country to participate in water polo, and it entered several teams, so even when the Americans lost, they won. Barcelona was going to deliver the first legitimate gold medal. Bill Barnett's U.S.
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August 10, 1992 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More countries than ever came to the 1992 Summer Olympics, not to praise the Soviet Union but to bury it. By any other name, the former Soviets, known here as the Unified Team or the Commonwealth of Independent States, were still No. 1 in the medal standings, as they have been in seven of the nine Summer Games they have entered since 1956. But Barcelona is the end of the line.
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August 10, 1992
A look back at the 25th Summer Olympics in Barcelona: 16 days of harmony by the Mediterranean, 16 days of gold, 16 days of emotion.
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August 10, 1992 | From Associated Press
Germany's Ludger Beerbaum, aboard Classic Touch, had two perfect rides under wet and windy conditions to win the gold medal in the equestrian individual jumping competition Sunday. Norman Dello Joio of West Palm Beach, Fla., rode Irish, his 11-year-old gelding, to a bronze medal. Dello Joio was faultless over the first course in the morning, and sent only one bar tumbling during the afternoon for a score of 4.75 on the day. Piet Raymakers of the Netherlands, on Ratina Z, won the silver medal.
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August 10, 1992 | MIKE DOWNEY
LA HISTORIA DEL EQUIPO DE SUENO (Story of the Team of Dreams) The sun was nearly blinding on a summer's day in Spain. Yet the stars shone even brighter who descended from the plane. They waved their hands, they ducked their heads, blew kisses to the crowd. "Hola! USA!" the Barcelonans cried aloud. The smallest one, named Stockton, led the athletes down the ramp. The tallest tourist, Robinson, winked at a mini-cam.
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August 10, 1992 | MIKE PRESTON, BALTIMORE SUN
It was difficult for U.S. volleyball player Doug Partie to accept his bronze medal Sunday. "This was the toughest tournament field I've seen in quite a while," Partie said. "But that's no consolation for how I feel right now. I'm still getting my bronze medal gold-plated." After an uninspired first game, the United States defeated Cuba, 12-15, 15-13, 15-7, 15-11 to earn the bronze.
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