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January 21, 1992 | THERESA MUNOZ
The fastest 50-meter freestyle swimmers in the world last year were Americans Matt Biondi, Tom Jager and Steve Crocker. But only two of them will advance from the Olympic trials, March 1-6 in Indianapolis, to the Olympic Games, starting July 25 in Barcelona, Spain. In response to U.S. swimming dominance, FINA, the world governing body of the sport, decreased the number of entrants allowed each country from three per event to two in 1980. Other international meets followed suit.
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February 18, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
His shaggy blond hair flew, her porcelain body floated, the two old friends leaned on each other, spun off each other and moved together in the synchronicity of a lifetime. On a chilling Monday night at the Winter Olympics, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal in ice dancing by dancing as if there were no ice. Their skates were slippers, the Iceberg Skating Palace was their ballroom and their jukebox blared "Scheherazade" for four minutes that represented a triumph of 17 years.
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September 15, 2000
Some were born and raised here. Others--such as the U.S. Olympic water polo teams--took up residence in Orange County while training for the 2000 Olympics.
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February 17, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
The saddest spot for a U.S. Olympian here is six feet under the ice, in a basement buffeted by heat and hindsight. The saddest spot is the cramped cavern into which the celebrated U.S speedskaters have trudged to meet the media after each of their eight events. The team is 0 for 8. It has won zero medals. It has not finished better than seventh place. It is one of the biggest debacles for an established American powerhouse in more than a generation. The press pit is an awkward proposition under the best of circumstances for small-sport athletes, but the mounting controversy over the bizarre struggles has further widened the speedskaters' eyes and backed them up, and finally, Sunday night, something snapped.
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July 2, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The children at the junior high in Carson listened carefully as Frank Lubin, a former U.S. Olympic basketball player, spoke during a recent career day. Lubin told the youngsters to stay in school and to avoid drugs and alcohol because they had the potential to be Olympic athletes. When Lubin was finished, they pestered him for autographs. It was the repeat of a scene from the early part of the century.
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September 17, 1988 | JULIE BERGMAN, Special to The Times
Two of the five members of the United States equestrian show jumping squad for the 1988 Olympics are West Coast natives, Anne Kursinski of Pasadena and Lisa Jacquin of Rancho Palos Verdes. That's a bit of an upset, considering the many competitive international show jumping riders that America's East Coast traditionally produces. But Jacquin and Kursinski have one more step to climb before their participation in the events is guaranteed. They have to prove to the U.S.
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July 6, 1988
David Robinson and Danny Manning head the list of players invited to begin training later this month for berths on the U.S. Olympic basketball teams. Also invited to Georgetown University July 17 were Willie Anderson, Stacey Augmon, Vernell Coles, Sean Elliott, Danny Ferry, Jeff Grayer, Hersey Hawkins, Randolph Keys, Todd Lichti, Dan Majerle, Alonzo Mourning, Dyron Nix, J.R. Reid, Mitch Richmond, Dwayne Schintzius, Brian Shaw, Charles Smith of Georgetown and Charles Smith of Pittsburgh.
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September 5, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's just another nondescript building in an industrial park wedged between the freeway and train tracks in Laguna Niguel. A transmission place is next door. An auto body shop is across the driveway. Olympic training site? Not likely, unless demolition derby is the newest Olympic sport. But in the parking lot there is a sign posted outside the building: "Attention: Do Not Expose or Handle Firearms in the Parking Lot." The building houses an indoor shooting range. Bill Demarest, U.S.
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August 4, 1993 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is difficult to picture Tony Jelso as a quitter--a guy who would walk off the court in the middle of a national racquetball tournament saying he'd had it. In the wake of his dominating gold-medal performance in the U.S. Olympic Festival last week, it seems unimaginable that Jelso would ever be eager to pack his bags and slip out the back door. Jelso, 23, of Ventura, was running Chris Cole of Flint, Mich.
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October 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Tim Daggett, the United States' top gymnast at the World Gymnastics Championships, fell and broke his left leg in competition Thursday. The accident occurred while Daggett was competing in the vault event of the team competition. A loud crack sounded as he landed. He stumbled backward and crumbled to the floor. "It's a fracture of the lower left leg. But it is not a complicated fracture," a medical official said.
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August 30, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan and defender Omar Gonzalez were called up to the U.S. national team Thursday for key World Cup qualifiers in September in Costa Rica and against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. For Donovan, the Sept. 6 match at Costa Rica will mark his first appearance at a World Cup qualifier in more than a year. Donovan did not play in the U.S. team's final four matches of the third round of qualifying last fall because of injury and he was left off the roster for the first six games this year after taking a three-month break from soccer over the winter.
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July 26, 2013 | Stephen Bailey
The United States Olympic Committee might want to stock up on Ross jerseys. Summer Ross, 20, proved why she's one of beach volleyball's up-and-coming stars Thursday, advancing to the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam semifinals with Emily Day. Because top-seeded Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy were eliminated early in the tournament, Summer Ross -- who is second cousins with April -- and Day, 25, are the only U.S. pairing left in contention....
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June 16, 2013 | KEVIN BAXTER
Landon Donovan and Juergen Klinsmann are not the best of friends. Which can be a problem given that Donovan is arguably the best soccer player in the history of the U.S. national team, the team Klinsmann now coaches. Part of what separates the two is approach. Donovan believes there is life outside soccer, while Klinsmann believes life is soccer. And that helps explain why Donovan hasn't played for Klinsmann in more than 10 months. But here's why Donovan, 31, may not start for Klinsmann's national team going forward: The U.S. is getting along just fine without him. Yes, Donovan, the national team's all-time leader in goals and assists, was named to the U.S. provisional B team roster for next month's Gold Cup tournament.
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May 17, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann called 29 players into training camp for next month's trio of World Cup qualifiers and, as expected, the Galaxy's Landon Donovan was left off the list. However Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez was among those called up Thursday. He will join the team after L.A.'s May 26 match with Seattle. The U.S. will play friendlies with Belgium and Germany before returning to the final round of regional World Cup qualifying June 7 in Jamaica. The U.S., currently third in its six-team qualifying group, will then play host to Panama on June 11 in Seattle and Honduras a week later in suburban Salt Lake City.
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April 7, 2013 | KEVIN BAXTER
Lalo Rodriguez Plata once roamed the back line at aging Estadio Tecnologico, anchoring a stout defense as captain of the Monterrey Rayados of Mexico's First Division. But nearly three decades have passed since then, so Rodriguez insists there will be no split loyalties when his nephew, Omar Gonzalez, steps to the same back line for the visiting Galaxy in Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against his old team. "I don't work for Monterrey," Rodriguez says in Spanish.
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August 8, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
The deficits were there, overwhelmingly and stunningly. They're the reason Kerri Walsh Jennings cried at the end. Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor came back twice from uniquely ominous places to pull out a 22-20, 22-20 victory in a women's Olympic beach volleyball semifinal match Tuesday against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi. Strikingly, a third gold medal might not be out of the question for the U.S. tandem in its last tournament after...
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June 25, 1992 | JAN HUBBARD, NEWSDAY
The 1992 Olympic basketball team is perhaps the best ever, but it was only the second best team on the court Wednesday. The developmental squad made up of top college players defeated the Olympic team in a 20-minute scrimmage. No one was disclosing the final score, but the collegians won by eight points. "We got killed today," Michael Jordan said. "They beat us and they played well. We're so out of sync and so unsure about things that we feel comfortable with in normal situations.
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August 13, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a 15-year-old finishes second at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, the news is hardly earth-shattering these days. Change the gender from female to male and it takes on fascinating implications. Michael Phelps of Baltimore turned 15 on June 30, and Saturday he was transformed into an Olympian, placing second in the 200-meter butterfly in a personal-best 1 minute 57.48 seconds. Tom Malchow, who was on pace for the first 100 to break his own world record, finished first in 1:56.87.
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August 8, 2012 | Diane Pucin
The finish to Alexandra Raisman's Olympics was so much more fabulous than the start. Raisman, an 18-year-old from Needham, Mass., who was often overlooked on this U.S. women's gymnastics team, did something no American woman has ever done. She won the Olympic gold medal in floor exercise. When Romanian Sandra Izbasa, the reigning Olympic floor champion, landed her last tumbling pass on her head and shoulder, Raisman could finally smile. Earlier Tuesday, Raisman had also won a bronze medal on the balance beam, but only after her coach protested her initial low score of 14.966.
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August 3, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
Kayla Harrison promised herself she wouldn't cry if she were lucky enough to make it to the top step of the Olympic medal stand Thursday. It's a promise she kept all the way until the second note of "The Star-Spangled Banner," when she broke down in tears. "I was reflecting back on my life and everything that it's taken to get here. And everything that I've gone through," Harrison said after becoming the first Olympic champion in U.S. judo history by winning the women's 78-kilogram event.
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