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July 25, 2000
The top three finishers at the U.S. track and field trials--with their hometowns and times, marks or point totals--and qualifiers for the 2000 Olympic Games at Sydney, provided they have met the "A" standard qualifying (denoted by * before name, see footnote in column 2). For sake of comparison, the top U.S. qualifier's time, mark, or point total from the 1996 trials for the Atlanta Games is bold faced on same line as the event: MEN 100 METERS 9.92 *--* Maurice Greene Granada Hills 10.
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July 28, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeanette Antolin had her face set in a solemn stare as she marched onto the floor of the Kiel Center Thursday night. The parade of athletes that starts gymnastics contests is supposed to be festive, but Antolin, an 18-year-old from Huntington Beach, was not ready to be festive. Not now, not after 10 years of training for this, the start of the 2000 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, where the process for choosing the Olympic team began.
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SPORTS
May 26, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Underscoring its current advertising campaign, which features the tagline "Celebrate Humanity," Olympic officials are planning at this September's Sydney Games to put out 50,000 condoms at the Olympic Village. For 10,000 athletes. You do the math. And even 50,000 may not be enough, officials say--perhaps giving new meaning to the Olympic motto, "Citius, Altius, Fortius," which means, "Faster, Higher, Stronger." "Every athlete is entitled to go pick up condoms according to his own needs," Dr.
SPORTS
July 27, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In with the old, out with the new. Or out with the new, in with the old. Or a bit of both. As the U.S. John Hancock Gymnastics Championships begin, there are five women from the 1996 U.S. gold-medal winning team trying to earn a spot in the 2000 Olympics. They were called the "Magnificent Seven," on their post-Atlanta tour. As the first U.S. women's team to win gold, the seven competitors performed an exhibition tour around the country then went off to college, to marriage, to life.
SPORTS
July 21, 2000 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vanitta Kinard took the first of three steps needed to make her first Olympic team in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials before 23,124 at Cal State Sacramento on Thursday night. Kinard, who took up the triple jump as a senior at El Camino Real High in 1993, bounded a wind-aided 45-4 1/4 in that event to lead qualifying for the final Saturday. "We wanted to [exceed the automatic qualifying standard of 44-7] for the finals on my first jump," Kinard said. "But it didn't happen.
SPORTS
July 12, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
Kaitlin Sandeno is a 17-year-old swimmer from El Toro High who won the 400-meter individual medley, finished second in the 200 butterfly and third in the 800 freestyle at the recent U.S. Spring Nationals. Sandeno has worn a revolutionary new full-body swimsuit, a suit that has been compared to sharkskin, a suit that makes swimmers feel as if they are floating above the water and not fighting their way through it.
SPORTS
June 24, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How's this for a nightmare? The world's best jump into Sydney Harbor for the swimming leg of the Olympic triathlon. Then--cue that thumping music from the movie "Jaws"--a shark, gliding below in the salty water, shoots straight up like a missile and takes a big bite out of some world-class flesh. Oh, the horror! Michael Knight laughs. Loudly.
SPORTS
July 26, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The joy was genuine when Dot Richardson hit the game-winning home run that gave her U.S. Olympic women's softball team a victory over China in the gold-medal game of the 1996 Olympics. The celebration was loud and raucous. There were hugs and kisses, tears and laughter. Julie Smith, the second baseman, hugged Richardson, the shortstop. The nation loved these gritty women who had fought for years just to have this moment, to have their sport welcomed into the Olympic movement.
SPORTS
July 27, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In with the old, out with the new. Or out with the new, in with the old. Or a bit of both. As the U.S. John Hancock Gymnastics Championships begin, there are five women from the 1996 U.S. gold-medal winning team trying to earn a spot in the 2000 Olympics. They were called the "Magnificent Seven," on their post-Atlanta tour. As the first U.S. women's team to win gold, the seven competitors performed an exhibition tour around the country then went off to college, to marriage, to life.
SPORTS
June 29, 2000 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, two of the top pro beach volleyball players, have been suspended indefinitely by the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals because they registered for an international tournament in Italy occurring at the same time as an AVP tournament in Muskegon, Mich.
SPORTS
July 26, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The joy was genuine when Dot Richardson hit the game-winning home run that gave her U.S. Olympic women's softball team a victory over China in the gold-medal game of the 1996 Olympics. The celebration was loud and raucous. There were hugs and kisses, tears and laughter. Julie Smith, the second baseman, hugged Richardson, the shortstop. The nation loved these gritty women who had fought for years just to have this moment, to have their sport welcomed into the Olympic movement.
SPORTS
July 25, 2000 | MIKE PENNER
Can we have a do-over? The U.S. Olympic track and field trials and tribulations are finished, and not a split-second on the electronic timing system too soon. It might have been a nice meet for Marion Jones, who won each of the three events in which she was entered, and Stacy Dragila, who improved her own women's pole vault world record, but for USA Track and Field, it was eight sweltering days of brutal attrition, with nearly one Olympic medal contender a day dropping off the roster.
SPORTS
July 25, 2000
The top three finishers at the U.S. track and field trials--with their hometowns and times, marks or point totals--and qualifiers for the 2000 Olympic Games at Sydney, provided they have met the "A" standard qualifying (denoted by * before name, see footnote in column 2). For sake of comparison, the top U.S. qualifier's time, mark, or point total from the 1996 trials for the Atlanta Games is bold faced on same line as the event: MEN 100 METERS 9.92 *--* Maurice Greene Granada Hills 10.
SPORTS
July 22, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back-to-back they ran 5,000 meters Friday night, striding in different directions--Regina Jacobs all the way to a new American record, Bob Kennedy all the way off the U.S. Olympic team. Jacobs, having won the women's 1,500-meter championship at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Sunday, completed a record-breaking double by winning the women's 5,000-meter final in 14 minutes 45.35 seconds, breaking her record of 14:52.49 by nearly seven seconds.
SPORTS
July 21, 2000 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vanitta Kinard took the first of three steps needed to make her first Olympic team in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials before 23,124 at Cal State Sacramento on Thursday night. Kinard, who took up the triple jump as a senior at El Camino Real High in 1993, bounded a wind-aided 45-4 1/4 in that event to lead qualifying for the final Saturday. "We wanted to [exceed the automatic qualifying standard of 44-7] for the finals on my first jump," Kinard said. "But it didn't happen.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2000 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Usually, it's what happens after swimmers leave the starting blocks that makes news. But as the nation's top swimmers train for Olympic trials in Indianapolis next month, pool decks are awash in controversy driven by the appearance of full-body swimsuits that are helping elite athletes smash records.
SPORTS
February 28, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If he could write a perfect script now, with 200 days to go until the opening of the Sydney Olympics, Michael Knight, the Australian government minister in charge of putting on the Games, says it would go like this: No rain. The athletes "have a ball." The Australian team wins 60 medals--up from 41 four years ago. And: "I didn't have to give a press conference about a problem during the whole period of the Games." Knight paused.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After agreeing to financial conditions, the company organizing the Olympic band featuring Orange County musicians has withdrawn its suit against Games organizers. World Projects International will receive about $714,000 from Sydney Olympic organizers to help recruit a more diverse troupe of musicians and cover legal fees. The amount is a compromise between World Projects' desired $857,000 and the $571,000 the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games wanted to pay.
SPORTS
July 12, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
Kaitlin Sandeno is a 17-year-old swimmer from El Toro High who won the 400-meter individual medley, finished second in the 200 butterfly and third in the 800 freestyle at the recent U.S. Spring Nationals. Sandeno has worn a revolutionary new full-body swimsuit, a suit that has been compared to sharkskin, a suit that makes swimmers feel as if they are floating above the water and not fighting their way through it.
SPORTS
June 29, 2000 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, two of the top pro beach volleyball players, have been suspended indefinitely by the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals because they registered for an international tournament in Italy occurring at the same time as an AVP tournament in Muskegon, Mich.
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