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April 27, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crawling through the mud and ice, owning nothing more valuable than the denim jacket on her back, Nadia Comaneci escaped across the Romanian border into Hungary on a winter night in 1989. If she ever returned home, those who knew of her plans to defect warned, soldiers would be waiting for her. As she disembarked from an airplane a week ago in Bucharest, she indeed was met by a military escort. But the soldiers were not there to arrest her.
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June 9, 1998
COLOMBIA * World Cup Record: Played 10, won two, lost six, tied two, goals for 13, goals against 21. * Best Finish: Second round, 1990. * 1994 Showing: Eliminated in the first round. * Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez. He was the assistant coach in 1994 but rose to the top job despite the debacle that year. Has stuck with the same players, which might be a mistake. * Players to Watch: Jorge Bermudez, Freddy Rincon, Anthony de Avila, Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla.
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December 30, 1989
Former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci said her defection just weeks before Romania's Communist government crumbled had so embarrassed leader Nicolae Ceausescu that he ordered her hunted down and brought back. Comaneci, 28, who surprised the world when she fled Romania, said she hopes to visit her homeland after its crisis ends. Ceausescu, the last of the ironclad Stalinist leaders in the Warsaw Pact countries, was executed with his wife Monday.
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April 27, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crawling through the mud and ice, owning nothing more valuable than the denim jacket on her back, Nadia Comaneci escaped across the Romanian border into Hungary on a winter night in 1989. If she ever returned home, those who knew of her plans to defect warned, soldiers would be waiting for her. As she disembarked from an airplane a week ago in Bucharest, she indeed was met by a military escort. But the soldiers were not there to arrest her.
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April 29, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
A spokesman for the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) said Thursday that the sport's governing body is aware that countries make deals to fix scoring in competitions, but said the collaboration is difficult to police. "Everybody is aware of this thing, but no one can prove it," said Frank Edmond, vice president of FIG. Edmond, reached in Bristol, England, was responding to a claim by Greg Marsden, former U.S.
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April 14, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From every revolution blossom legendary moments. Paul Revere's ride. Marie Antoinette's beheading. A lone Chinese man blocking the path of a Red Army tank in Tien An Men Square. Situations are magnified when performed in the theater of change. But sometimes, in this chaotic environment, circumstances become muddled and legends exaggerated. Last December, the world was entranced by an unfolding drama on the streets of Bucharest, Romania.
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December 2, 1989 | VLADIMIR MORARU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like all Romanians who have left their countries, I've been reading and watching the news with particular fervor this autumn. Poland, Hungary, the Berlin Wall, Czechoslovakia . . . Nothing about Romania. At least nothing new about Romania. Until Nadia Comaneci, the most famous Romanian athlete ever, the national heroine, the girl every Romanian parent wanted his or her girl to be like, decided that enough was enough and crossed the border to, of all places, Hungary. It was big news.
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December 2, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci was on a tour of the United States in 1981, the two men who had the most impact on her career, her coach, Bela Karolyi, and her choreographer, Geza Pozsar, defected. They said this week that they had considered asking Comaneci, who was 19 at the time, to join them, but decided against it--not because they feared that she would reject them, but because they feared that she would accept.
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April 28, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
Gymnastics officials from the United States and Romania conspired to fix scores last fall at the World Gymnastics Championships at Rotterdam, the Netherlands, according to Greg Marsden, the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics coach at the time. Marsden said last week in Salt Lake City that he and the Romanian coach exchanged scores, which were to be delivered to the countries' respective judges. The scores were what each country wanted its athletes to receive.
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March 2, 1988
A member of the Romanian Olympic team, seeking political asylum in Canada, defected after the Winter Games, immigration officials said Tuesday. Calgary radio stations reported that the man was the coach of the Romanian bobsled team, but police and immigration officials said they refused to identify the defector because they did not want to jeopardize his safety or his family's safety.
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July 12, 1994 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't feel bad for Dimitar Penev just because he has to work on his birthday. Penev, who turns 49 today, has reason enough to celebrate. In the last month he has gone from almost complete obscurity to worldwide fame. In fact, it would be fair to say that when he blows out the candles today, his name will be recognized by more people than that of Zhelyu Zhelev. Penev is Bulgaria's soccer coach. Zhelev is Bulgaria's president. Amazing what a little thing like a World Cup victory can do for a man.
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July 11, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The biographies of players prepared for the media before the World Cup revealed that Sweden's goalkeeper, Thomas Ravelli, likes poetry. That was news to the people who gather the news in Sweden. "I would think he would be the last one on the team who likes poetry," a soccer writer from Stockholm said Sunday. But whether or not Ravelli will read them, there were many poems being written about him after his performance in the quarterfinal game against Romania at Stanford Stadium.
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July 11, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As usual, Romanian midfielder Gheorghe Hagi was his own man on all fronts Sunday in the World Cup quarterfinals. Others may be laughing and he frowns. Even on the field, he sometimes appears to be playing his own game. In defeat, there was a trail of Romanian tears along the sideline at Stanford Stadium and in the middle of the field where the players gathered to watch defender Miodrag Belodedici's final futile penalty kick. And Hagi?
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July 10, 1994 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a team that has been described in terms generally reserved for an especially cranky rodeo bull: tempestuous, emotional, unpredictable, dangerous. Romania, a team of self-described hotheads expected to self-destruct, has instead been a marvel of smooth deportment and professional focus--an experimental approach for the Romanians that has borne such sweet fruit, a place in the World Cup quarterfinals.
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July 4, 1994 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
We cry for you, Argentina. You played in a soccer game for the ages Sunday, played with what your coach called "fire and vigor" and still, despite the wondrousness of a Romanian team that just gets better and better, you kept trying. The truth is, you never left us. You were a team that came as one of the favorites to win World Cup '94, and you had to persevere through injury and the distraction of the loss of your superstar, Maradona, to yet another drug scandal.
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July 4, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The religious cross that Romanian Coach Anghel Iordanescu clutches tightly in his hand during soccer matches is as much an inspiration as it is for luck. He had never revealed the giver of the gift or the habit to the outside world, only to his wife and children. Sunday, Iordanescu wanted the whole world to know shortly after his Romanian soccer team announced its arrival among the world's elite, advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over Argentina.
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October 1, 1988 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
The women's 1,500-meter race, usually as strategic as it is athletic, developed into a kind of drag race Saturday, all horsepower no finesse, when Romania's Paula Ivan ran from the field, stayed from the field and destroyed the field. She finished in an Olympic record of 3 minutes 53.96 seconds, well ahead of Soviets Lailoute Baikauskaite (4:00.24) and Tatiana Samolenko (4:00.30). Mary Slaney of Eugene, Ore.
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July 4, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The religious cross that Romanian Coach Anghel Iordanescu clutches tightly in his hand during soccer matches is as much an inspiration as it is for luck. He had never revealed the giver of the gift or the habit to the outside world, only to his wife and children. Sunday, Iordanescu wanted the whole world to know shortly after his Romanian soccer team announced its arrival among the world's elite, advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over Argentina.
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July 3, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Diego-less days of July have not exactly been flying by for Argentina as it prepares for its round-of-16 game against Romania today at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Diego Maradona, the brilliant yet seemingly star-crossed midfielder, might be out of sight but he hasn't been out of his teammates' minds since testing positive for using five banned stimulants and being kicked out of the World Cup on Thursday. Maradona has had plenty to say from his New England hideout in Merrimack, N.H.
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July 3, 1994 | NORMAN CHAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Suddenly, the capital of Romania is Los Angeles. Romania 3, Colombia 1, at the Rose Bowl; Romania 1, United States 0, at the Rose Bowl. Now it's Romania-Argentina at the Rose Bowl today--and with a victory, it's on to the quarterfinals at Stanford, and a victory there and Romania will be back in Pasadena for the semifinals and World Cup final. This is our team. Petrescu. Popescu. Lupescu. Munteanu. Dumitrescu. Hagi. Belodedici. (Hey, it's got to be Vanna White's favorite team.
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