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June 14, 1989
Tai Babilonia, former Olympic figure skater, is coming out of retirement and will perform with her partner, Randy Gardner, today in Richard Porter's Celebration on Ice at Bally's Grand Opera House in Atlantic City, N.J. Babilonia, 29, is coming back from a suicide attempt prompted by alcohol and drug addiction. The team of Babilonia and Gardner won the pairs title in the World Figure Skating Championships in 1979, and was favored to win the Olympic gold in 1980. However, a groin injury to Gardner forced them to drop out of the Lake Placid Games.
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March 20, 2008 | Helene Elliott
Since 8-year-old Tai Babilonia reluctantly took the hand of 10-year-old Randy Gardner for the first time 40 years ago in Culver City, they have been defined by their figure-skating partnership. They were Taiandrandy the five-time U.S. pair champions, capable of great athleticism and grace. Taiandrandy the 1979 world champions, a feat no U.S. duo has matched and none came near at the World Championships this week in Sweden.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 1997 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year's edition of the Tour of World Figure Skating Champions, which comes Friday to the Pond of Anaheim, will feature the same elements as previous presentations: state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and about 30 of the sport's most illustrious soloists, pair teams and dance duos.
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July 9, 1997 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year's edition of the Tour of World Figure Skating Champions, which comes Friday to the Pond of Anaheim, will feature the same elements as previous presentations: state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and about 30 of the sport's most illustrious soloists, pair teams and dance duos.
SPORTS
March 20, 2008 | Helene Elliott
Since 8-year-old Tai Babilonia reluctantly took the hand of 10-year-old Randy Gardner for the first time 40 years ago in Culver City, they have been defined by their figure-skating partnership. They were Taiandrandy the five-time U.S. pair champions, capable of great athleticism and grace. Taiandrandy the 1979 world champions, a feat no U.S. duo has matched and none came near at the World Championships this week in Sweden.
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August 24, 1996 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As they glide over the ice, Randy Gardner lifts Tai Babilonia above his head and twirls her in a circle. Then, putting her down, he grabs her hand and spins her again, this time with her body parallel to the surface and her long, curly hair brushing the ice near his feet. Just like the good old days. In 1979, Babilonia and Gardner became international sensations by sweeping to a pairs figure skating world championship with perfect scores.
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April 22, 1993 | JIM MURRAY
Put her on skates and in a tutu and Tai Babilonia looks like something out of a fairy tale or off the top of a music box. Tchaikovsky wrote ballets for people like this. There are those liquid brown eyes, the olive skin, perfect features and wide smile and you know this is no first runner-up in anybody's beauty pageant. This is an exotic woman with an exotic name. Father was a Filipino cop, mother was black.
SPORTS
September 30, 1987
Long jumper Bob Beamon and skiier Billy Kidd, who made history with spectacular performances in the 1960s, were among 11 athletes and two teams receiving Olympic Spirit Awards during a ceremony in Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 1989 | Jeff Kaye \f7
NBC is developing a two-hour movie that will chronicle the rise of ice skating star Tai Babilonia and her descent into drugs, alcohol and attempted suicide. In 1980, Babilonia and partner Randy Gardner were strong bets to take the gold medal at the Lake Placid Olympics when an injury to Gardner ended the pair's dream. Babilonia began a slide into chemical dependency and depression that ended with her recovery last year.
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February 17, 1987 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD
"How to Ice Skate With Tai and Randy." Marco. $19.95. Unless viewers have ice-skating rinks in their living rooms, learning the ropes from U.S. skating champs Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner will be a tough proposition. The 60-minute lesson runs the gamut from dressing to dancing on ice. The dressing part is easy to follow, but merely watching won't help accomplish the rest. Old footage of the two in action is lovely, but their teaching banter with students and each other is strained and cute.
SPORTS
August 24, 1996 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As they glide over the ice, Randy Gardner lifts Tai Babilonia above his head and twirls her in a circle. Then, putting her down, he grabs her hand and spins her again, this time with her body parallel to the surface and her long, curly hair brushing the ice near his feet. Just like the good old days. In 1979, Babilonia and Gardner became international sensations by sweeping to a pairs figure skating world championship with perfect scores.
SPORTS
April 22, 1993 | JIM MURRAY
Put her on skates and in a tutu and Tai Babilonia looks like something out of a fairy tale or off the top of a music box. Tchaikovsky wrote ballets for people like this. There are those liquid brown eyes, the olive skin, perfect features and wide smile and you know this is no first runner-up in anybody's beauty pageant. This is an exotic woman with an exotic name. Father was a Filipino cop, mother was black.
SPORTS
June 14, 1989
Tai Babilonia, former Olympic figure skater, is coming out of retirement and will perform with her partner, Randy Gardner, today in Richard Porter's Celebration on Ice at Bally's Grand Opera House in Atlantic City, N.J. Babilonia, 29, is coming back from a suicide attempt prompted by alcohol and drug addiction. The team of Babilonia and Gardner won the pairs title in the World Figure Skating Championships in 1979, and was favored to win the Olympic gold in 1980. However, a groin injury to Gardner forced them to drop out of the Lake Placid Games.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2000
Former world skating champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner will perform Friday morning at the opening of Southern California's only in-ground outdoor ice-skating rink at Universal CityWalk. The custom-designed 50-by-80-foot ice arena, along with its artificial "snowfalls," will be open through Jan. 7. "Whovillians" from Universal Pictures' "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will be on hand to meet and greet visitors at an elaborate "Whoville" photo backdrop.
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August 12, 1997 | KATE FOLMAR
Youngsters with HIV or AIDS will get a chance to skate with Olympians Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia on Saturday at the Easy Street Ice Arena. The skating event gives children between the ages of 6 and 16 who are living with the virus or the deadly disease an opportunity to experience the thrill of ice-skating without fear of stigma.
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