February 7, 1998 |
There was a time when the United States used to be a winter sports wimp, last in luge, behind in biathlon and nowhere to be found in Nordic combined. But as the 1998 Olympics began with opening ceremonies beamed live Friday night to the United States, the American team could be considered among the winter sports elite. If it's made-for-television or dominated by pros, then there must be Americans chasing for golds.
July 25, 1985 |
Bowling did not come naturally to Kathy Butler. The skills that have established her as one of the country's leading amateurs have come from innumerable hours of work. She also has had a little help from her friends. Butler, graduate of Santiago High School in Garden Grove, is competing in a field of 26 in the eighth biennial United States Team Trials, which begin today in Milwaukee. The top six men and women finishers will represent the U.S.
July 31, 1993 |
From Houston in Texas to Kobe in Japan, it is 6,893 miles by air. For Alexis Larsen, it was 1,500 freestyle meters. For more than 16 minutes in the U.S. National Championships, Larsen stroked through the water, kicking mightily, intent on earning her first berth on a national team from the United States. Team officials were inquiring about her passport shortly after she finished in 16 minutes 28.
March 6, 1991 |
Former American Basketball Assn. commissioner Mike Storen announced a new international league that will be called the Global Basketball Assn. The league plans to begin play in November with at least four teams from the United States plus teams from Italy and the Soviet Union.
July 20, 1987 |
All athletes qualifying for the 1988 United States Olympic teams will be drug-free, the chief medical officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee said today. Dr. Robert Voy also said that the United States is appealing a ban on birth control pills taken by women athletes. Voy, in a news briefing during the U.S. Olympic Festival, said U.S. involvement in drug testing became serious after the 1983 Pan American Games at Caracas, Venezuela, where two American athletes were disqualified for steroid use.
January 12, 1992 |
ON THE TRAIN RIDE FROM PRISON, NHI HUNG DINH SAW HIS COUNTRY for the first time in 18 years. He would never forget the view. Rubble, bombed-out buildings and craters scarred the landscape. Conditions were so squalid in Vinh, a major port in the panhandle of northern Vietnam, that he did not want to get off the train to stretch his legs. The people seemed listless, and Dinh spotted pickpockets among the waiting passengers.