April 11, 1992 |
On the eve of the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials, which will be run here today, many of the top American male distance runners felt on trial at a news conference Friday. The runners were besieged with questions about the United States' apparent decline in the marathon, an event that American men once dominated. Since the last Olympic Games in 1988, only four American male marathoners have been ranked in the top 50 in the world.
October 18, 1986 |
Amid intrigue that would rival any political convention, the International Olympic Committee on Friday selected Barcelona, Spain, to host the 1992 Summer Olympics and Albertville, France, as the site of the Winter Olympics. The romanticists will rejoice. The Summer Games are returning to a cosmopolitan city on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Winter Games to a resort village in the French Alps.
July 28, 1991 |
This just in: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. In national news: The country's new slogan, "Spain: The Rising Star of Europe," reflects the new Spanish eagerness not to be left out of the 12-nation European Community on the occasion of the continent's economic unification next year. Besides the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the 1992 World's Fair will be staged in Seville. With Franco still dead, Spain at last wants to be on that big bus to the future with its progressive neighbors.
April 29, 2012 |
Quincy Watts has never been in a time machine. They exist only in science fiction and the movies. But Watts swears he had an experience like a time machine 20 years ago in Barcelona, when he was standing on the podium with a gold medal around his neck after winning the 400 meters in the 1992 Olympic Games. "As you hear the national anthem being played, it's one of the proudest moments in your life," he said. "It was like going back in time. I thought about my grandfather in Detroit who would always have me go get him a Pepsi and would give me a quarter if I was able to bring it back in the time he decided.
February 9, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- It's never easy being the youngest. But what if you had to live up to the standards of your much older and established sibling and do it while sharing your room with someone you had little in common with? Then you might have a sense of what it is like to be short-track speedskating at the Olympics. When short track begins Monday in only its seventh Games, it does so with a bit of second-class-citizen status to speedskating, the sport's traditional discipline.
September 30, 1987 |
The obliging motorcyclist had stopped to pick up a forlorn young hitchhiker, stranded alongside a Spanish highway when his car ran out of gasoline. At his destination, the young man got a look at his Samaritan. If the face under the helmet was familiar, it should have been: it was stamped on the coins in the young man's pocket. The motorcyclist of the story is Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, a descendant of Ferdinand and Isabella, of Louis XIV and of Queen Victoria.