July 7, 1992 |
Ted Knapp, Stanford's assistant swimming coach, seemed to be asking for everyone when he sidled up to a deGuerre pool maintenance man recently and asked: "What are you putting in the water?" What indeed? What mysterious compound enabled Stanford and coaches Richard Quick and Skip Kenney to win the women's and men's NCAA championships and place Summer Sanders, Jeff Rouse, Jenny Thompson, Lea Loveless, Pablo Morales and Angie Wester-Krieg on the U.S. Olympic team?
January 29, 1988 |
Wide receiver Willie Gault of the Chicago Bears was named Thursday to the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in the Olympic Winter Games next month at Calgary, Canada. Gault, whose speed is a factor in pushing off a sled, was a hurdler and sprinter at Tennessee but missed the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the American boycott. He was barred from the 1984 Los Angeles Games because he was a professional football player. The 6-foot, 180-pound Gault is a member of the U.S. No.
May 24, 1988 |
Behind windows covered over with adhesive tape, the world's last great amateur basketball team takes shape. In 1992, the United States is expected to send grown-up National Basketball Assn. professionals to the Olympics, and an era will be over. Remember young Bill Russell in Melbourne? The "greatest team ever" with The Big O and Jerry West in Rome? Spencer Haywood of Trinidad (Colo.) Junior College bailing out the United States in Mexico City when the big names stayed home?
April 16, 1990 |
Skiing is winding down here in the Wasatch Mountains, but the U.S. ski team is already gearing up for next season, finding hope for renewed glory in the accomplishments of a young racer from, of all places, Fresno. This resort community near Salt Lake City is the team's home base, and the locals know the coaches and racers by sight, so when Kristi Terzian orders an apple juice in the Country Store deli, the woman behind the counter lights up. "It's you," she says. "You're a hero now."
July 18, 1992 |
Inside a small office in a deserted gym outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Vladimir Kondrashin has built a shrine to Alexander Belov, who scored the winning points in the Soviet Union's historic victory over the United States in the championship game of the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich. Medals and pictures surround a letter of condolence from International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spain's ambassador to the Soviet Union when Belov died in 1978.
July 1, 1995 |
Connie Petracek became an Olympic shooter in her sleep. It was 1983, Petracek was on a plane with her husband, Michael. It was the first vacation the couple had taken without their three daughters, and Mom had been up late, analyzing every problem that could possibly occur in their absence, leaving instructions on the refrigerator and the correct numbers by the phone. By the time Petracek, of Nashville, Tenn., found her seat on the plane she was exhausted.
July 7, 1992 |
What could Bela Karolyi possibly have left to tell Kim Zmeskal? He already spends seven hours a day with her, six days a week, and has been coaching her for nine years. But while she is competing, he is as intense as ever--motioning to her, head bobbing, arms flying. She stares up at him even more intensely--nodding, her ponytail bouncing. This, after she has scored a 10 on the vault. "Well, I'm not perfect yet--I need more correction," Zmeskal said.
August 8, 1992 |
This year's Summer Olympics may be remembered not only for demonstrations of athletic prowess, but also for the hurdles that Nike and Reebok surmounted as they peddled their sportswear from Barcelona. The footwear giants launched multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns, hoping to win the gold medal with consumers. Yet their quests for global recognition, like that of some Olympic athletes, encountered numerous challenges.
August 2, 1992 |
OK, so she's not Mary Lou Retton. She doesn't sparkle while tumbling. She doesn't smile on cue. She doesn't leap into the arms of a coach. All Shannon Miller does is pile up medals in the Summer Olympics. Saturday night, the 4-foot-9, 73-pound gymnast who wears heart-shaped diamond earrings and performs with a grimace on her face, won a silver and two bronzes in the women's individual apparatus.
September 4, 1988 |
Question: "Is there an Olympic boxer to take on Mike Tyson?" Boxing observer's smart-alecky response: "In what, tennis?" Actually, when viewed from a historical perspective, the question isn't totally absurd. Not totally. After all, who in 1984, at the U.S. Olympic team boxing trials, would have looked at 17-year-old Mike Tyson and predicted that in 1988 he would earn something close to $50 million? No one, that's who. Remember, Tyson, as impressive as he looked, couldn't make the Olympic team.