August 19, 2004 |
Norik Martirosyan lost a hand in a grenade explosion, so he uses his other one when he's smoking cigarettes, one after another. It is an old, unhealthy habit and Martirosyan's son, Vanes, has begged his father to stop. So Martirosyan said, "Vanes, if you win the Western boxing trials and qualify for the Olympic trials, I'll stop smoking." When Vanes won those trials, Norik said, "Vanes, if you qualify for the Olympic team, I'll stop smoking."
October 31, 1993 |
China, presumed to be the favorite for the 2004 Summer Olympics if it chooses to embark upon another campaign, might defer to an African city, International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch said Saturday. Speculating that a South African candidate will emerge before the end of the year, Samaranch said during a breakfast meeting with reporters on the final day of the U.S. Olympic Congress: "You know (the Chinese) have a special relationship with Africa.
August 21, 2004 |
Carly Patterson wants a nap and a week at the beach, a chance to lie on the white sands of Destin, Fla., where she has always gone with her family. Some day in the future she'd still like to be a dental hygienist or maybe an orthodontist, which has been a dream since Patterson was 8. And pay attention milk people: The new Olympic gymnastics queen would love to do a "Got Milk?" television commercial. The day after Patterson became only the second U.S.
August 26, 2004 |
Allyson Felix's learning curve will include learning how to run the curve on the 200. But the 18-year-old sprinter has come so far so fast, it seems no lesson is beyond her grasp. Barely a year after her graduation from Los Angeles Baptist High, the youngest member of the U.S. track team earned a silver medal Wednesday in her first Olympic final.
June 27, 2004 |
Three years ago, Jennifer Molina was studying environmental biology at Colgate University, playing soccer for fun on the side. Around that time, her father made a trip to Texas, where he ran into the Mexico women's national soccer team at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. As a native of Cordoba, Mexico, with a Mexican-born, soccer-playing daughter, he stopped to chat. "It was just a chance meeting," Molina recalled. "He noticed the girls with their uniforms."
August 8, 2004 |
Holly McPeak holds beach volleyball records for all-time victories, prize money and tournaments played. Her partner, Elaine Youngs, is also among the top 10 in victories and earnings. McPeak is the only woman to play beach volleyball in two Olympics, and her fifth-place finishes in 1996 and 2000 are the best by a U.S. woman. She and Youngs enter the 2004 Games with the best record of any team in the world over the past two months.
May 31, 2004 |
On a museum table at the scene of the ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece, there is a scale model of the Olympia that used to be, incorporating temples, monuments and colonnaded theaters. Surprisingly, though, the renowned old Olympia Stadium is off to one side, a small vale overshadowed by imposing structures. Athletics, apparently, were only part of life in old Olympia. To step out onto the ancient playing field itself, however, is to enter the world where big-time sports began.
August 30, 2004 |
An Olympics that had begun with empty seats and seemingly empty promise ended with a full stadium and hearts full of pride here Sunday night. The closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics was, in the most positive sense of the phrase, a big, fat Greek celebration. Only 17 days ago, these were the Olympics of unfinished buildings and unsold tickets. Sunday night, as chief organizer Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said, these Olympics had "shown the world the great things Greeks can do."
August 29, 2004 |
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Track and Field The track and field program ends with the men's marathon, which will start in Marathon and end at Panathinaiko Stadium. The runners with the top two times in the world this year, Felix Limo and Evans Rutto of Kenya, didn't make the Kenyan team, and Sammy Korir, who had the third-best time, pulled out because of an injury.