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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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December 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Eric Rudolph, who set off a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, laments in letters to a newspaper that the Supermax federal prison where he is jailed for life is designed to drive him insane. He wrote that "it is a closed-off world designed to isolate inmates ... with the ultimate purpose of causing mental illness and chronic physical conditions," the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1996 | EMI ENDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans on Wednesday unveiled the route for the Olympic torch relay, which will start at the Los Angeles Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. The torch will arrive in Los Angeles from Greece on April 27 and be lighted at the Coliseum, "where it last touched American soil," said David Emanuel of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
SPORTS
August 2, 2006 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
It's a hot July day and Michele Smith is riding a bus to Binghamton, N.Y. Some fans might remember Smith as the confident, hard-throwing pitcher from New Jersey who helped lead the United States to the first women's softball Olympic gold medal in 1996. A decade later, Smith, 39, is making her living playing pro softball. But not in America. In Japan. She pitches for a team sponsored by Toyota. Most of the players work for the automaker in the morning and practice in the afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Balloon popping and an egg-rolling relay are unlikely to ever be sanctioned as Olympic events, but they will be highlights this month in the Warner Center Children's Corner's Summer Games. Preschoolers at the nonprofit day-care center in Woodland Hills have caught the Olympic spirit and have chosen the Games as their learning theme for August.
NEWS
September 19, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atlanta staged the first upset of the 1996 Olympics on Tuesday, winning the right to host the games over sentimental favorite Athens and four other cities. The announcement here by the president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain, triggered a massive celebration in Atlanta and recriminations by some bitter Athens representatives.
SPORTS
July 11, 1996 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris Humbert, cover boy and U.S. Olympic water polo star, went straight outta Lodi and splashed into Life magazine. But there's a problem. Those at home have been hard-pressed to accept Humbert's, well, minimalist approach to modeling. His mother, Cindy, the assistant city attorney in nearby Stockton, was warned by her son about the cover shot, in which he and three teammates are wearing water polo caps and nothing else, each holding a strategically placed water polo ball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1996
Forty-four more people from the Los Angeles area have been selected as torchbearers for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay. "This is the final group of torchbearers to be named in Los Angeles," said Kimberly Goolsby of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, which sponsored the "Who Would You Choose?" program. Each winner of that program picked someone special in his or her life to carry the torch, Goolsby said.
SPORTS
April 30, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
The United States Olympic Committee's executive board voted Friday for Atlanta over Minneapolis-St. Paul as the country's bid city for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The USOC would not reveal the count of the secret balloting, but reliable sources who were present for the vote at the Washington Hilton Hotel said it was 65-42 in favor of Atlanta. "The work just starts now," Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said.
SPORTS
July 7, 1996 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are many roads to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta this summer. Three local swimmers have taken the long way to pursue their dreams. Cito Vasconcellos, and brothers Felipe and Roberto Delgado, have grown up in Southern California and swam in county schools and clubs--Vasconcellos at El Modena, and the Delgados in Mission Viejo. But when the opening ceremonies take place July 20, they will march into the Olympic Stadium under the flag of Ecuador. All three have dual citizenship.
SPORTS
July 25, 2006 | Bill Dwyre
Two of Janet Evans' world records are still with us, after all this time. Better yet, so is she. One of the top swimmers in U.S. Olympic history, Evans is 34 and married now. Her wedding ceremony, when she exchanged vows with businessman Billy Wilson in 2004, was held at the Long Beach Aquarium. So fitting. She still keeps many of her finest moments close to water. In October, Evans and Wilson will have their first child, a girl.
NEWS
March 21, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The task force that has hunted serial bombing suspect Eric Rudolph for two years will dismantle its command post in the Southern Appalachians by the end of June, the head of the task force said in Andrews, N.C. "Eric Rudolph has not escaped justice; he has just delayed it," Steven McCraw, head of the Southeast Bomb Task Force, said. "The trail is cold, yet all evidence suggests he's here, he's alone and he's alive."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and MIKE McCARTHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Olympic gold medalist Justin Huish, a Moorpark College dropout who dominated the archery competition during the 1996 Games, is set to be arrested today on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, authorities confirmed late Wednesday. Arrest warrants for Huish, 25, and his roommate, 24-year-old Brian Mastrangelo, were issued Wednesday, said Simi Valley Police Lt. Gordon Weeks.
SPORTS
December 22, 1999 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two billion dollars. That's the federal government's preliminary estimate of the total it put out to help put on the Los Angeles and Atlanta Olympic Games combined with its projected expenditures for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. By far the bulk of the amount, about $1.4 billion, is headed for Salt Lake City. Atlanta's 1996 Summer Games got $605 million and the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles drew a mere $75 million, according to the study, released by the General Accounting Office.
SPORTS
July 16, 1999 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris Humbert continues to chase an Olympic medal, and that's why the two-time Olympian is still leading the U.S. men's water polo team, which defeated Brazil, 8-4, in the UPS International Cup Thursday at Corona del Mar High. The U.S. (2-0) qualified for the semifinals with the victory, keeping the team on track in its final tune-up before the Pan American Games in Canada later this month. Winning the Pan-Am Games tournament would automatically qualify the U.S.
SPORTS
June 6, 1999 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ask almost any soccer player on the planet if scoring the winning goal in the Olympic Games gold-medal match would be the ultimate career highlight and the answer would probably be a resounding yes. But not if you ask Tiffeny Milbrett. The striker who teams with Mia Hamm and Cindy Parlow to give the United States the most devastating attacking line in women's soccer is confident she can repeat the feat.
SPORTS
July 17, 1996 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Olympic tennis event lost a double dose of star power Tuesday when Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf withdrew because of injuries: Sampras because of a strained Achilles' tendon, Graf a reinjured knee. The loss of both No. 1-ranked players is a blow to an event that many of the world's top professionals had decided to skip. No substitute was named for either player.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996 | MAYRAV SAAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They're sharpshooting, quick-thinking, goal-achieving women. But on Wednesday, all they could do was blush. In a send-off fit for a departing army, the city of El Monte honored and--at times--overwhelmed two of its residents who are headed for the Olympics, skeet shooter Kim Rhode and archer Janet Dykman.
NEWS
March 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Fugitive bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph may be the intruder who broke into up to 12 mountain homes from July to January to steal food and toilet paper or sometimes just to get a shower and a shave, a federal agent said in Andrews, N.C. Woody Enderson of the Southeast Bomb Task Force described the break-ins as significant in the hunt for Rudolph, the suspect in a fatal Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic bombing last year and others in Atlanta, including the 1996 Olympic Park bombing.
NEWS
October 15, 1998 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's top law enforcement officials, charging Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph with the 1996 Olympics bombing and two other Atlanta attacks, distributed a photograph Wednesday of the ruggedly handsome suspect in the T-shirt and shorts that they believe he wore the day of the Olympics explosion. The photograph, obtained from unnamed sources, is one tangible result of nearly nine months of detective work by Rudolph's hunters.
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