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November 24, 1991 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In house after house along the cobblestone lanes, warm lamplight pours from the windows into the frosty night. Inside, the toy makers are busy at work. There is a timelessness to this tableau, with the men brushing fresh sawdust from an angel's perfect wing and grandmothers tenderly painting apple cheeks on legions of nutcracker soldiers.
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November 24, 1991 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In house after house along the cobblestone lanes, warm lamplight pours from the windows into the frosty night. Inside, the toy makers are busy at work. There is a timelessness to this tableau, with the men brushing fresh sawdust from an angel's perfect wing and grandmothers tenderly painting apple cheeks on legions of nutcracker soldiers.
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SPORTS
August 4, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- The fastest female swimmer in the world? Ranomi Kromowidjojo. The Dutch swimmer reconfirmed her sprint superiority, taking the 50-meter freestyle in an Olympic-record 24.05 seconds to complete a clean sweep on Saturday night at the Aquatics Centre. It was the final night of what has been a stellar swimming competition at the Olympics. PHOTOS: London Olympics, swimming's final day It was the same one-two finish as the 100 freestyle on Thursday night.
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August 17, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Time Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Michael Phelps knew what he was talking about all these years about being the first Michael Phelps and not the second Mark Spitz. Second to none. That's what Phelps became this morning at the Water Cube, winning his eighth gold medal, the most at a single Olympics, surpassing the legendary and seemingly untouchable mark set by Spitz in 1972. The new legend, not a soggy imitation, was written by the 23-year-old Phelps with emphatic, bold strokes in this nine-day meet.
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June 17, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
For Britta Steffen of Germany, the first report in April from Sydney was one part alarming and one part ominous. Not only did someone swim faster than her world-record time of 53.30 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, but her Australian rival Libby Lenton became the first woman to drop under 53 seconds, going 52.99. Additional news helped clarify the result from the Duel in the Pool in Sydney between the United States and Australia.
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August 15, 2008 | Kevin Van Valkenburg, Baltimore Sun
When the whole world is writing about someone like Michael Phelps, you tend to get a lot of overlap. If you've been following the Olympics by now, you probably know the basics: Phelps grew up just outside of Baltimore, and battled ADHD as a kid. He was raised mostly by his mother, Debbie, a middle school principal. You might feel as if you've heard those details hundreds of times by now. But that isn't everything you need to know about Phelps. In fact, here are some things you never knew. 1.
SPORTS
August 3, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
His words sounded quaintly hopeful, rather than pretentious. Whether Michael Phelps was in Barcelona, Athens or even Long Beach, at big meets and small ones, he had resolutely stayed on message since 2004. Phelps spoke of wanting to elevate the sport during non-Olympic years, keeping swimming afloat once the last anthem was played. Elbow room on the ESPN crawl and highlight shows in 2009 and 2010? You almost felt like saying: Good luck with that.
SPORTS
August 1, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
Suits, lies and videotape. Reintroducing the battle between Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic in the men's 100-meter butterfly: the sequel. The suits: Cavic, wearing the high-tech bodysuit, the polyurethane Arena X-Glide, at the world championships, offered to buy Phelps one, saying: "If Michael wants an Arena, he just has to say. If he wants a Jaked they don't want to give it to him for free, I'll buy it for him." Phelps will stick with his "old school" Speedo LZR Racer.
SPORTS
July 27, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
This all started with an equipment malfunction in the morning relay and ended with the favored French sprinters wilting again, giving Michael Phelps and friends another riveting victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay. In between, there were world records tumbling and falling on Day 1 of the world championships. Six fell Sunday night, including one widely considered untouchable, Ian Thorpe's 400-meter freestyle record, as well the oldest women's mark on the books, the 100 butterfly.
SPORTS
August 2, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS -- They were working on swimmer Dara Torres almost the same way a pit crew attacks a car but this was unfolding post-race on a mat on the floor in the press room. One handler worked on her shoulders. Another was punishing her right thigh with his feet, attempting to work out the lactic acid. Welcome to age 40. And, most inexplicably, another national title for the mother of a 15-month-old girl.
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August 15, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Michael Phelps is a minute away -- actually less than that, under 51 seconds, in fact -- from joining Mark Spitz on the Olympic podium of history, a tantalizing gold medal from tying Spitz's record seven in one Olympics. Hello, morning glory. And, yes, the never-ending story is Phelps, who is becoming a man of spectacular repetition at the Water Cube. This morning, he won his sixth gold medal of these Games and 12th overall. Another gold medal. Another world record.
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