August 10, 1991
Archery The Americans continue to dominate this sport, with Darrell Pace of Hamilton, Ohio, leading after the semifinal round of competition. Ed Eliason of Stansbury Park, Utah, was second and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., was third. For the U.S. women, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Denise Parker of South Jordan, Utah, was leading after the semifinal round and Jennifer O'Donnell of Farmington Hills, Mich., was in third. Elvidia Bueno of Cuba was in second.
August 9, 1991 |
This is getting to be a habit. The U.S. women's softball team threw yet another no-hitter, its fourth in six games, beating Venezuela, 6-0, Thursday night. This one had a trick to it, though. Michele Granger, who no-hit Puerto Rico, 10-0, on Monday, threw nine consecutive balls to start the game. She then left with a blister on her ring finger and was replaced by Lisa Fernandez. Fernandez, the only U.S.
August 24, 1987 |
There were fireworks inside the Hoosier Dame Sunday night at the Pan American Games Closing Ceremony Celebracion, an event fraught with controversy from the start. Originally scheduled to be held outdoors at American Legion Mall, the site was changed when the Legion objected to the inclusion of the Communist Cubans. Then there was the flap over using musicians who were Cuban refugees and threats of a boycott. But the Miami Sound Machine did play at the Celebracion .
August 7, 1987
With just two days left before the opening of the Pan American Games, officials were searching for an extra 500 beds Thursday after being hit with a housing shortage even before all of the athletes had arrived in Indianapolis. Organizers originally estimated 4,500 people would have to be housed. They planned for a maximum of 5,100, but new estimates predict as many as 5,900 participants will be in Indianapolis for the Games, which begin with the opening ceremony Saturday night.
August 11, 1991 |
The most anticipated head-to-head matchup in the track and field portion of the Pan American Games fizzled Saturday, but Cuban fans were at least treated to a Pan American Games record. Javier Sotomayor, the world record-holder in the high jump, broke his own Pan Am record with a winning jump of 7 feet 8 1/2 inches. His former record, set in 1987, was 7-7 1/4--the height cleared by two men who, it was hoped, would inject some pizazz into a lackluster week of track and field.
August 10, 1991 |
If, as former great Cuban athlete Alberto Juantorena says, "sport is the melody of our revolution," then it is the chorus, the country's athletes, who are producing the sweetest sounds heard here since Dizzy Gillespie played the Tropicana. For 18 hours each day, the one channel available to those who have television sets brings news from Havana and Santiago de Cuba of one victory after another for Cuban athletes at the Pan American Games.
August 12, 1987 |
Robert Helmick, president of the United States Olympic Committee, said Tuesday that the U.S. State Department's refusal to grant a visa to a Chilean shooter may affect U.S. chances to hold future Pan American and Olympic games.
August 16, 1987 |
All was hanging on that tricky, fickle 1 1/2 forward somersault with 3 1/2 twists, and Michele Mitchell was concentrating intently, trying not to remember the error she had made in the qualifying meet. She hesitated on the 10-meter platform at the Indiana University Natatorium for a couple of seconds longer, picturing the dive in her mind's eye. And then she did it. Correctly this time. Good for the Pan American Games gold medal, her first gold medal in international competition in years.
July 27, 1999 |
This is what happens when you take the national pastime international, when you export the American game and turn it over to a bunch of officious foreigners wearing shiny badges with intentions of poking at it, tinkering with it and--heaven help us all--"interpreting" it.