August 1, 2012 |
LONDON -- A gymnast from Uzbekistan has become the second athlete to be expelled from the London Olympics for doping, after a follow-up urine test confirmed a positive finding on her initial screening. The International Olympic Committee, which had provisionally suspended Luiza Galiulina after the first positive result, announced Wednesday that it had revoked her credential and had referred her case file to the International Gymnastics Federation for possible addition sanctions. Galiulina, who wasn't a medal contender, provided a urine sample on July 25 that tested positive for the banned substance furosemide, a diuretic, officials said.
July 29, 2012 |
LONDON -- Luiza Galiulina, a 20-year-old female gymnast from Uzbekistan, was provisionally suspended from the Olympics on Sunday after she failed a doping test. Galiulina's "A" sample, taken Wednesday, tested positive for a banned diuretic, furosemide. She was told in a Saturday evening hearing about the failed test. Galiulina's "B" sample is scheduled to be tested later Sunday afternoon. Her greatest gymnastics accomplishment was winning a balance beam bronze medal during the 2010 Asian Games.
September 23, 2011 |
Thirteen years ago, when Ruben Mkrtchyan told his wife and four children that they were going to move from Glendale to a high desert valley in the middle of nowhere to grow the world's tastiest melons, they thought he had lost his mind. "My mom and I looked at each other and said, 'What is he talking about?' " recalls his daughter Tatevik. "When we went up there, the land was completely empty, just Joshua trees and scrub. " But Mkrtchyan had a vision of fields and orchards blooming in the wilderness, one that he has realized to a remarkable extent.
June 20, 2011 |
For a change, Venus Williams will get to be the young one. Williams, 31, served seven aces and generally played big, powerful, wise grass-court tennis befitting a five-time Wimbledon champion, in defeating Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-1, in her opener Monday. For her efforts, Williams earned a second-round match against Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm. Date-Krumm, 40, became the second-oldest woman to win a Wimbledon match when she beat Britain's Katie O'Brien, 6-0, 7-5. One of the younger American players in the draw had a redemptive performance Monday.
March 13, 2011 |
Back in 2000, USC film professor Amanda Pope and a former student, Tchavdar Georgiev, were traveling in Russia and some of its satellites, working on a series of short portraits of emerging leaders in the post-Soviet world. The two were in Uzbekistan when Pope heard about an amazing collection of Russian avant-garde art in a remote museum deep in the country's desert. But when she excitedly mentioned it to Georgiev, a native of Ukraine who speaks fluent Russian, he was skeptical.
September 9, 2010 |
In California, melons are a highlight of the summer breakfast table. In Central Asia, they are a cultural obsession. And that has made for some interesting cross-pollination. In Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and China's Xinjiang region, hundreds of varieties ripen to perfection in the region's hot, dry summers, producing ultra-sweet, luscious fruits with unexpected flavors such as gardenia and vanilla. Melons overflow the bazaars and are piled by the roadsides. They are celebrated with special holidays; consumed for their medicinal properties; cooked, dried and even stored for the winter in special melon houses.