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September 4, 1988 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Since coming out of nowhere to stun the world--or at least the Western Hemisphere--with her eight-medal performance in the Pan American Games at Indianapolis last summer, Sylvia Poll has virtually gone back into hiding in Costa Rica. Not in back alleys or secluded villas. She was actually paraded through the streets in the frenzy of celebrations when she and her teammates made their triumphant return to the little country last August. They were invited to be guests of the president.
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September 4, 1988 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Since coming out of nowhere to stun the world--or at least the Western Hemisphere--with her eight-medal performance in the Pan American Games at Indianapolis last summer, Sylvia Poll has virtually gone back into hiding in Costa Rica. Not in back alleys or secluded villas. She was actually paraded through the streets in the frenzy of celebrations when she and her teammates made their triumphant return to the little country last August. They were invited to be guests of the president.
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August 16, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Into the workaday world of heat sheets and split times and personal bests and routine American victories and not-too-impressive Pan American Games records has, thankfully, stepped a great big bundle of surprises named Sylvia Poll. Surprise! That 6-foot 2-inch (maybe 6-4?) blonde who looks like a Swedish basketball player is actually a Costa Rican swimmer. Surprise! A year ago, her best finish at the Goodwill Games in Moscow was a sixth in the 200-meter freestyle.
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August 16, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Into the workaday world of heat sheets and split times and personal bests and routine American victories and not-too-impressive Pan American Games records has, thankfully, stepped a great big bundle of surprises named Sylvia Poll. Surprise! That 6-foot 2-inch (maybe 6-4?) blonde who looks like a Swedish basketball player is actually a Costa Rican swimmer. Surprise! A year ago, her best finish at the Goodwill Games in Moscow was a sixth in the 200-meter freestyle.
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June 23, 1991 | THERESA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crissy Ahmann-Leighton shook off what she described a "horrible" day to post back-to-back victories Saturday in the 100-meter butterfly and 50 freestyle at the Chrysler Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. Ahmann-Leighton was so "horrible" Friday that she did not qualify for the finals of the 100 freestyle, and her 200 butterfly swim left her back in the pack at 36th place. "I was glad I was able to keep my head on," said the 22-year-old from Hillebrand Swim Team in Tucson.
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June 15, 1989 | Tracy Dodds
Janet Evans, who took very little time off after the Olympics in Seoul last September before getting back into her incredible training regimen, somehow managed to train, handle a crush of requests for appearances, parades and award dinners and still compete for Placentia's El Dorado High School and her Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team, knocking off distance swim records all along the way. She's tough over the long haul. Today, just one day after her high school graduation ceremonies, Evans is opening her long-course season in the Swim Meet of Champions at Mission Viejo.
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August 15, 1991
The American women's team epee victory over the Cubans at the Pan American Games was "sweet, very sweet," team captain Carl Borack said. Fencing official George Kolombatovich, coach at Columbia University, called it "age and treachery over youth and inexperience." The team was led by Margo Miller of Santa Monica, Donna Stone of Belleville, N.J., Cathy McClellan of Marblehead, Mass., Laurel Clark Skillman of San Francisco and Elaine Cheris of Denver.
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September 19, 1988 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Janet Evans, a petite 17-year-old who carried the burden of some very great expectations with her to South Korea, began her heavy-medal quest Monday afternoon at the Olympic Indoor Swimming Pool with a splash. Evans, from Placentia, arrived here as the favorite to win three gold medals and she gave the United States its first taste of gold, lowering her own American record in winning the 400-meter individual medley.
NEWS
September 14, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Soviet television has 28 correspondents here for the Summer Olympics, which is more than twice as many as it had in Washington for the Ronald Reagan-Mikhail Gorbachev summit. As popular as Gorbachev is at home, Sergei Bubka is more so. Although the Soviet media is now permitted to report bad news, they will be hard-pressed to find it in Seoul. The Soviet Union is expected to win more gold medals than any other country, perhaps as many as 50.
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