September 29, 2000 |
What broke the heart of a 16-year-old waif, shattered a nation, left a doctor's career in tatters and ultimately eluded Ion Tiriac's powers of persuasion was all about a simple cold pill. The banned substance--pseudoephedrine--was in the cold tablet given to Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan shortly before she won the gold medal in the all-around competition. It might have eased her cold and flu symptoms but it didn't enhance her performance. In fact, she said it made her dizzy.
September 26, 2000 |
If the ancient Greeks had invented Wheaties, they might've been inclined to put star Russian gymnast "Sexy" Alexei Nemov on the box cover. Or Studio City's gold medalist swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, he of the chiseled jawline and the torso worthy of replication on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. For the original Greek Olympians, athletic virtuosity and physical beauty were inseparable. To revere one was to revere both.
October 3, 2000 |
That should take care of talk about bringing college players back to the Olympics. The U.S. men's basketball team flew home with gold medals, but everyone outside the team knows the U.S. could have lost--perhaps should have lost. The "a win's a win" mantra from the U.S. locker room is not so easily accepted elsewhere. Give the NBA brass this: They knew this day was coming before the near-disaster against Lithuania and the tight finish against France.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1998 |
Jennifer Parilla is a lot like other 17-year-olds. She's got a boyfriend, and a job at the mall. She likes to snowboard, and she struggled through "The Great Gatsby" for English. She's eager to graduate next year from Mira Monte High School. She also is a top contender to join the American team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Her sport: trampoline.
August 24, 2000 |
* Days until opening ceremony: 22. * Olympic update: An arbitrator in New York turned down a bid by Lisa Raymond to replace Serena Williams in doubles for the U.S. tennis team. That means the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will play doubles for the United States. * March to the medals: Catcher Pat Borders was one of the few recognizable names when the U.S. baseball team was announced. The rest of the team is made up of minor leaguers.
August 13, 2000 |
Megan Quann was telling a cute little story about her nightly bedtime ritual. The 16-year-old climbs in bed with a stopwatch, visualizing her race in the 100-meter breaststroke. The Quann-clocked time has been a consistent 1 minute 5.49 seconds--well under the world record of 1:06.52 by Penny Heyns. That led a reporter at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials to wonder whether the venerable Heyns was doing the same thing at her home in South Africa or training base in Calgary, Canada.
October 28, 2005 |
Jerome Young, the U.S. sprinter who ran in the 2000 Sydney Olympics one year after he secretly had tested positive for a banned steroid, was ordered Thursday by the International Olympic Committee to surrender his gold medal. His agent said no. Vowing legal action against the IOC and other U.S.
October 5, 2000 |
It's been one unbelievable moment after another for Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner since the most unbelievable moment of all, when he beat the unbeatable, Russian Alexander Karelin, for the Olympic gold medal less than a week ago in Sydney, Australia. What happened to him Wednesday night comes in a close second. Gardner was at the NBC Studios in Burbank to make an appearance on the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
September 15, 2000 |
Olivia Newton-John can't take her eyes off the hummingbirds flitting from orchid to azalea in the backyard of her Malibu home. "Look--behind you, there," she whispers, careful not to scare any of them away. "The green one. I don't think I've seen him before." The serenity of this moment will be replaced by a high-profile and hectic trip to Australia--the land of her childhood--where she will take part in the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.