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August 24, 1988 | CURT HOLBREICH, Times Staff Writer
The story of Karch Kiraly begins with his father, whose own story is even better. That's not to say there is little interesting about the life of Karch Kiraly, acknowledged as the world's best volleyball player on the world's best volleyball team. It's just that even the younger Kiraly can't top the old man's journey. Becoming the best in the world at what you do is remarkable, but what Kiraly's father did in escaping the failed Hungarian revolt of 1956 at least bordered on the heroic.
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August 7, 2000 | MELANIE NEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
History was made at the Del Mar Horsepark on Sunday when an all-female show-jumping team earned the right to represent the United States in Sydney, Australia. Never before in the male-dominated sport has an all-female team competed in the Olympics. And for all the doubters, Margie Goldstein-Engle had an answer. "Na na na na na na," she sang.
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February 19, 1988 | BOB LOCHNER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
They started the Olympic women's downhill Thursday on Mt. Allan, and Pam Fletcher of the United States was the center of attention in the finish area, where television cameras, microphones and reporters' notebooks were thrust under her nose. It seemingly was just as she'd dreamed it would be when she started skiing as a toddler at her parents' ski area in Nashoba Valley, Mass. Except for one thing. Her right leg was in a cast and she was standing there on crutches.
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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.
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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.
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August 21, 1999 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Warming up for a recent archery competition, the tall, striking redhead with the familiar face noticed a group of men huddled nearby, talking quietly among themselves and glancing her way. Finally, one worked up the courage to approach her. "Those guys over there think you're that famous actress," he said. "But don't worry, I straightened them out. I said, 'For God's sake, why would it be?' " The redhead in question, Oscar winner Geena Davis, bursts out laughing as she tells the story.
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July 6, 1994 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 24, 1992 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Butch Reynolds finally stepped out of court and onto the track Tuesday, after a bitter standoff with track and field's powerful establishment. Reynolds' efforts in beating opponents were as successful as they had been beating the system, and the 400-meter world record holder easily won two races and advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic track and field trials. Reynolds' winning time of 44.58 seconds in the first round was the fastest time of the day.
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June 20, 1992 | KIM KUTCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Henry Ellard of the Rams again found himself competing in this city--but not in the familiar Superdome or against the Saints--Friday night at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Ellard, at 30 heading into his 10th year as an NFL wide receiver, was trying to qualify for Sunday's final in the triple jump at Tad Gormley Stadium, but he was unsuccessful. He fouled on his first attempt and then pulled his left hamstring on the second. That forced him to pass his final try, ending his hopes.
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November 7, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT
Some people think members of the U.S. women's volleyball team lead a lifestyle of the rich and famous. Kim and Elaina Oden would be quick to disagree. "People don't realize how hard it is," Elaina Oden said. "We get up at 6 a.m. and practice from 7:30 to 11:30, then run or lift. It is better than 9 to 5, but it is really hard on your body. A lot of people have been through this program and not everyone can do it." The team plays throughout the world.
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August 21, 1999 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Warming up for a recent archery competition, the tall, striking redhead with the familiar face noticed a group of men huddled nearby, talking quietly among themselves and glancing her way. Finally, one worked up the courage to approach her. "Those guys over there think you're that famous actress," he said. "But don't worry, I straightened them out. I said, 'For God's sake, why would it be?' " The redhead in question, Oscar winner Geena Davis, bursts out laughing as she tells the story.
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July 6, 1994 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 24, 1992 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Butch Reynolds finally stepped out of court and onto the track Tuesday, after a bitter standoff with track and field's powerful establishment. Reynolds' efforts in beating opponents were as successful as they had been beating the system, and the 400-meter world record holder easily won two races and advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic track and field trials. Reynolds' winning time of 44.58 seconds in the first round was the fastest time of the day.
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June 20, 1992 | KIM KUTCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Henry Ellard of the Rams again found himself competing in this city--but not in the familiar Superdome or against the Saints--Friday night at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Ellard, at 30 heading into his 10th year as an NFL wide receiver, was trying to qualify for Sunday's final in the triple jump at Tad Gormley Stadium, but he was unsuccessful. He fouled on his first attempt and then pulled his left hamstring on the second. That forced him to pass his final try, ending his hopes.
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November 7, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT
Some people think members of the U.S. women's volleyball team lead a lifestyle of the rich and famous. Kim and Elaina Oden would be quick to disagree. "People don't realize how hard it is," Elaina Oden said. "We get up at 6 a.m. and practice from 7:30 to 11:30, then run or lift. It is better than 9 to 5, but it is really hard on your body. A lot of people have been through this program and not everyone can do it." The team plays throughout the world.
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November 7, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kim Oden was a standout on the 1988 U.S. Olympic women's volleyball team, finishing as the tournament's leading hitter. Her younger sister, Elaina, had figured to be a teammate until a knee injury derailed her Olympic hopes. The sisters, both Irvine High graduates, remain part of the U.S. national team that also includes Tara Cross-Battle, a 1986 Southern California Christian High graduate, and Tammy Webb Liley, a 1983 Ocean View High graduate.
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August 7, 2000 | MELANIE NEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
History was made at the Del Mar Horsepark on Sunday when an all-female show-jumping team earned the right to represent the United States in Sydney, Australia. Never before in the male-dominated sport has an all-female team competed in the Olympics. And for all the doubters, Margie Goldstein-Engle had an answer. "Na na na na na na," she sang.
SPORTS
November 7, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kim Oden was a standout on the 1988 U.S. Olympic women's volleyball team, finishing as the tournament's leading hitter. Her younger sister, Elaina, had figured to be a teammate until a knee injury derailed her Olympic hopes. The sisters, both Irvine High graduates, remain part of the U.S. national team that also includes Tara Cross-Battle, a 1986 Southern California Christian High graduate, and Tammy Webb Liley, a 1983 Ocean View High graduate.
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August 24, 1988 | CURT HOLBREICH, Times Staff Writer
The story of Karch Kiraly begins with his father, whose own story is even better. That's not to say there is little interesting about the life of Karch Kiraly, acknowledged as the world's best volleyball player on the world's best volleyball team. It's just that even the younger Kiraly can't top the old man's journey. Becoming the best in the world at what you do is remarkable, but what Kiraly's father did in escaping the failed Hungarian revolt of 1956 at least bordered on the heroic.
SPORTS
February 19, 1988 | BOB LOCHNER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
They started the Olympic women's downhill Thursday on Mt. Allan, and Pam Fletcher of the United States was the center of attention in the finish area, where television cameras, microphones and reporters' notebooks were thrust under her nose. It seemingly was just as she'd dreamed it would be when she started skiing as a toddler at her parents' ski area in Nashoba Valley, Mass. Except for one thing. Her right leg was in a cast and she was standing there on crutches.
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