September 25, 2000 |
The symbolic and pointed moment during which Aboriginal track star Cathy Freeman lighted the Olympic flame took months of planning and involved secrecy worthy of a spy novel. And, though the climactic moment of the ceremony that opened the Sydney Games has widely been hailed as a moment of Australian reconciliation, the plan--as originally envisioned--was not for Freeman to light the flame.
September 21, 2000 |
The Netherlands' Inge De Bruijn broke her own world record Wednesday night in the 100-meter freestyle and then reached over for a hug from her rival in the next lane, the United States' Jenny Thompson. She obliged, but De Bruijn shouldn't expect flowers any time soon. Thompson later shot her a glare so searing that, well, let's just say that she could have ignited the flame over the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony without a torch. What was she saying with that look?
October 1, 2000 |
Lauren Jackson pulled Lisa Leslie's hair extension off. One second Leslie had a ponytail. The next she didn't. The ponytail was in a photographer's lap. Leslie said Jackson pulled the hair off on purpose. Leslie said that was fine. "I told her she could have the hair and I'll take the gold medal." Jackson was crying too hard after the U.S. women's basketball team beat Australia, 76-54, in the gold-medal game Saturday to say what happened. So girls will still be girls, even when they're women.
September 28, 2000 |
How did Rulon Gardner, a farm boy from Afton, Wyo., end the 13-year winning streak of Russia's Alexander "The Great" Karelin, a Greco-Roman wrestling legend, and get to the top of the medals stand at the Summer Olympics? It's an American story, not a typical one, but still an American story. It begins in 1885, when Rulon's great-great-grandfather, Archibald Gardner, sent the youngest of his 11 wives from Utah to Wyoming. Archibald had immigrated from Scotland to Canada, where he became a Mormon.
August 30, 2000 |
The billboard outside the Olympic training center serves as a daily reminder for Ryan Millar, counting the days to Sydney from the moment he arrived at the Colorado Springs facility last year. 370, 369, 368. . . . He showed up for the U.S. national team tryouts with a decorated resume and a freshly earned national championship, accolades that would stop a bus, but didn't necessarily guarantee a spot on the Team USA roster. This was a new level of play, after all.
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.