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November 30, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No, Gabriel Ruelas kept telling himself, it was all wrong. Jimmy Garcia wasn't supposed to die. He, Ruelas, was the one who was supposed to die young. That's the way it had always been in the dreams. Night after night they would come to him in his restless sleep. The circumstances were different, but the result was always the same. Gabe Ruelas dead before his time. Although he has been a boxer since age 12, he never died in the ring in the dreams. Often it would be in a car accident.
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February 19, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
The controversy surrounding the safety of the Olympic sliding track escalated even more Thursday when some of the world's best bobsledders found the track difficult to navigate, leading to at least 11 crashes over two days of training. Among those was gold-medal favorite Beat Hefti of Switzerland, the top-ranked two-man driver in the world. He was suffering from a severe headache and still needs medical clearance to participate in Saturday's two-man competition. His coach said he plans to take a practice run on Friday.
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January 21, 1992 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Earnest Killum, a Southland high school basketball star who was playing with Oregon State University, died Monday, three days after suffering his second stroke in six months. Killum suffered a massive stroke Friday shortly after concluding an interview in which he talked about a mild stroke he suffered in July. He was cleared on Dec. 27 to join the basketball team.
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February 13, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
There were supposed to be eight athletes from the country of Georgia in the 21st Winter Olympics. One is missing. That left the Georgian delegation in Friday's opening ceremony to wear black armbands as they mourned their missing teammate, Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, who died in a horrifying crash during a luge training run barely eight hours earlier. The athletes followed a flag with a black streamer carried by Alpine skier Iason Abramashvili. The 60,600 people at BC Place stood to applaud their entry in a ceremony that became an often jarring mixture of celebration and grief.
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January 2, 1994 | MARK HERRMANN, NEWSDAY
Remembering . . . " Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. " --JIM VALVANO In some way, that spirit applies for some of the sports people who died in 1993, either in their prime or still at the height of their influence and popularity: --Davey Allison, 32, NASCAR driver, of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash July 13.
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February 11, 2001 | ED HINTON, TRIBUNE MOTOR SPORTS WRITER
About the Project This is the result of six months of research and reporting by Tribune Auto Race Writer Ed Hinton, with help from staffers at other Tribune papers, among them Darin Esper of the Los Angeles Times. It sheds new light on the decline of traditional fatalism among race drivers and the need for more research and action to prevent the violent deaths the sport has come to accept.
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March 1, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration warned against using products containing ephedra -- a message that failed to resonate with much of the public. Then, in 2001, football players Rashidi Wheeler, Korey Stringer, Devaughn Darling and Curt Jones collapsed and died. Ephedra has been under scrutiny ever since. When Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died Feb.
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July 25, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wangila Napunyi, who struggled as a professional after winning the first Olympic boxing gold medal for an African nation, died Sunday morning in a Las Vegas hospital two days after suffering head injuries in a knockout loss. He was 26. Napunyi, who fought for Kenya under the name Robert Wangila in the 1988 Games at Seoul, was stopped in the ninth round by welterweight David Gonzales, ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Council, in a bout Friday night at the Aladdin Hotel.
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February 8, 1999 | PETE THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fishing trip from hell finally came to an end Sunday morning. Never were 15 people so relieved to step off a boat. Sadly, one of them didn't. James "Rollo" Heyn, 39, the "second skipper," had died three days before when a powerful explosive device he was handling blew up. The tragedy left a tight-lipped, solemn bunch, who spent the final days of the trip with nothing to dwell on but a senseless incident and how it might have been avoided.
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February 23, 1992 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Half a dozen racers were waiting at the top of a steep hill called Big Bowl in Running Springs while veteran speed skier David James Erikson tore through the course. "We heard the time. The speed came over the radio at 84 m.p.h. And after that I heard a real loud noise," said Brad Daniels, 29, a racer from Laguna Niguel who shuddered at the memory. "I thought in my own head, maybe he hit a lift tower or something, I hope he didn't," Daniels recalled Saturday.
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February 13, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Within minutes, so much was known about the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Winter Olympics. The same, sadly, could not be said about his short life. Pictures and video from the crash in training at the Whistler track on Friday morning that killed the young luger from the former Soviet republic of Georgia were instantly multiplying and dominating the Internet throughout the day. Hours later, reporters still were trying to find out the most basic biographical information about the 21-year-old who had points in five World Cup races this season, tied for 44th in the standings.
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February 13, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
There was skidding, sailing, a man flying off the edge of an icy track, his body crumpling on a metal walkway, a lifeless leg dangling in the air. There was a glittering floating grizzly, a snowboarder flying under giant glowing rings, beaming athletes marching under giant wool hats. Death came to the Olympics. Life came to the Olympics . It all happened on the same day Friday, the quadrennial winter celebration sliding out of the starting gate in staggering, breathless uncertainty.
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December 31, 2009 | By Jim Peltz
Notable sports deaths of 2009: Preston Gomez The longtime Angels scouting consultant who had been a third base coach for the Dodgers when they won the 1965 World Series died Jan. 13 at 86 after being seriously injured in a freak accident at a gas station. Ingemar Johansson The Swede stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson in 1959 to win the heavyweight title. He died Jan. 30 at age 76. Jeremy Lusk The star of freestyle motocross died at 24 on Feb. 10 of head injuries after a crash in a competition in Costa Rica.
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October 19, 2009 | Carla Rivera
He may have been only 13, but to his teammates and coaches at Hollywood High School, Spencer Juarez was already a "phenomenal" athlete who fired up everyone with his touchdown catches and impressed even more experienced players. Those teammates were in mourning Sunday, trying to come to terms with the death of the ninth-grade running back who collapsed on the field Friday evening during a freshman-sophomore football game against West Adams Preparatory High. He was taken to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and pronounced dead about 3 p.m. Saturday.
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September 13, 2009 | Ben Bolch and Louis Sahagun
There were two minutes left in Friday night's football game between Garden Grove and host Westminster High School. In Garden Grove's last offensive play -- a long pass -- senior fullback Kevin Telles, 17, charged up from the 30-yard line to block his opponents. Then he abruptly fell, face down and motionless, on the 25-yard line. Several witnesses said he collapsed without sustaining a hit from another player. When he didn't get up, coaches from both teams rushed onto the field with the team physician as Telles began to convulse.
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January 20, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
Two more horses broke down and were euthanized over the weekend at Santa Anita, bringing the number of fatalities from racing or training to seven since the meet's traditional Dec. 26 opening. The issue has remained heated with the ongoing controversy over the introduction the last two years of mandated synthetic tracks at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Hollywood Park. Dr.
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July 22, 1990
Rich Vogler, five-time United States Auto Club midget champion, was killed Saturday night when he crashed during a sprint car race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Dr. Dan Anderson pronounced Vogler dead at 11:40 p.m. EDT at the Washington County Memorial Hospital in Salem, according to Bill Marvel, vice president of USAC. The crash occurred about 40 minutes earlier. Tony Floyd, an ambulance medic for the hospital, described the 39-year-old Vogler as having a "severe head injury."
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October 7, 1991 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in two years, tragedy struck the racing family of Arthur Hendrick of Chino. Hendrick's daughter, Kara, 22, was killed in a crash during a U.S. Auto Club midget car race Saturday night at the Cajon Speedway. She was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. at Sharp Memorial Hospital in nearby San Diego. An autopsy Sunday found head injuries to be the cause of death.
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September 19, 2008 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
BORON, Calif. -- Inside the school cafeteria Thursday night, Boron High receiver Joshua Glass moved with a sense of purpose as he delivered plates of spaghetti, salad and garlic bread to members of the Mojave Mustangs. Less than a week ago, the senior had considered anyone who played for the neighboring school a fierce rival. Not anymore. "There is no enemy this year," Glass said somberly.
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May 6, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
On the Monday after, when it should have been just the opposite, the sport of horse racing was riding low in the saddle. Saturday, at the grotto of the sport, a star named Big Brown was born into public consciousness by storming down the homestretch, under the twin spires of Churchill Downs, and winning the Kentucky Derby in dominating fashion. It was what racing wanted, needed, lusts after.
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