July 24, 1987 |
The 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival, already the most successful ever financially, appears headed toward an attendance record as well. With gymnastics and track and field, the glamour events of the competition, still to come, the events in five North Carolina cities had earned $2.6 million in ticket sales, more than $1 million above what was expected. That figure could go as high as $3 million, organizers said Thursday. The previous record for ticket sales was $2.
July 8, 1994 |
Ryan Lane is relatively new to competitive cycling. You can tell because he smirked and rolled his eyes after a race Thursday when a photographer asked whether he had time to take a picture or if he would rather "hydrate" first. "That means get, you know, get something to drink," Lane said, somewhat apologetically.
July 6, 1994 |
Jenny Dalton looks at the injury and sees more than scratches, a huge bandage and a shin swollen to twice its normal size. Dalton looks at Barbara Jordan's leg and sees commitment. "That right there shows what's in her heart," Dalton said. "Desire, that's what it is." Softball's debut as an Olympic medal sport is still two years away, but Dalton, Jordan and other top players know Big Brother already is watching from behind the backstop screen.
July 17, 1991 |
Oscar de la Hoya, one month out of East Los Angeles' Garfield High, won an Olympic Festival boxing championship Tuesday night at the Forum, and by a computer score wider than many thought he had earned. De la Hoya, 18, scored a 44-15 victory over Patrice Brooks of St. Louis, a margin that to many in the Forum crowd of about 4,000 seemed a bit too wide.
July 19, 1991 |
His game belongs in a museum. "It's the old Hong-Kong-pinpoint-garage game," a man said knowingly. The reference is to the paddle being held with handle up between fore and middle fingers, rec room style. "No chance," the man said. His opponent played the hip, modified-European style--shaking hands with the paddle, using the slashing strokes of the power game. The older man stood fairly close to the table, seemingly defensive, while the kid backed up and swung from the heels.
July 14, 1991 |
The Olympic Festival has never been a competition that emphasizes team standings. Individual achievement and development, organizers say, count far more than the final point tallies of North, South, East or West. But at Saturday's canoe/kayak competition at Ballona Creek, it was apparent that one team--one that had no particular regional allegiance--was out-paddling all the rest.
July 20, 1991 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee unveiled its official poster Wednesday for the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona, Spain. The poster, which features a brightly painted collage of athletes competing in several sports, was done by Hiro Yamagata, who had also created two posters commemorating the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.
July 25, 1987 |
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Valerie Brisco led an assault on the U.S. Olympic Festival record book Friday night during the opening session of track and field. Despite stifling 96-degree heat at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium, LaTanya Sheffield and Lynn Jennings also set Festival marks. At Chapel Hill, N.C., Robin Richter of Lincoln, Neb., recovered from a shaky start to earn an individual gold medal and lead her West team to the group title in the women's all-around gymnastics competition.
July 13, 1991 |
The deepest, most competitive amateur boxing tournament in California since the 1988 Olympic trials will begin today at Loyola Marymount. Forty-eight of the best U.S. boxers will be seeking 12 Olympic Festival titles. The semifinal sessions at Loyola Marymount's Gersten Pavilion today and Sunday will start at 1 p.m. The finals will be at the Forum Tuesday night at 7. For three Southern California boxers who hope to use a Festival title as a springboard to the World Championships, Nov.