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May 27, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In between the rains on its lonely sweep of hillside in Carson, the long-neglected Olympic Velodrome caught a glimpse of its glory days recently by hosting its first national bicycling competition in nine years. For those who have watched the world-class track decline since it hosted Olympic events in 1984, the recent EDS Track Cup and, more important, a pending deal to change the velodrome's management have brightened what seemed a bleak future.
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HEALTH
March 23, 2009 | Bill Becher
Speeding across a hill of wooden planks as steep as a black-diamond ski run, I pedal a bike with no brakes. I'm getting a quick lesson in track cycling, and the incline feels, threateningly, as if it were about to topple me sideways. My instructor's advice: Pedal faster. Super-kinetic pedaling won't necessarily burn off fear-fueled adrenaline, but the speed will generate enough centrifugal force to keep me from sliding down the heavily banked wooden track.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1994 | GERARD BURKHART, FOR THE TIMES
The Encino Velodrome, hidden away between Little League fields and the Los Angeles River in the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Center, is an appealing mix of high-tech and homespun. The cyclists, some of them world-class competitors, race with the latest in lightweight and aerodynamic equipment. But the velodrome also retains the feel of a small-town baseball club. Velodrome members mow the grass, sweep the track and do the general maintenance with a minimum of support from the city.
SPORTS
August 11, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Kristin Armstrong has met Lance Armstrong once. Lance was surrounded by a group of autograph seekers and Kristin shouted, "Lance, Lance," a cry the seven-time Tour de France champion hears hundreds of times a day. Finally, Kristin changed her words. "Lance, it's Kristin," she said. That's when Lance's head jerked up. Kristin is also the name of Lance's former wife.
NEWS
August 28, 1986
Carol Baker Tharp has been named director of the Olympic Velodrome on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus. Tharp, 34, was marketing and programming director of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Ore., before joining the staff of the velodrome. She was previously community relations director for Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore., and did public relations for the city of Eugene.
SPORTS
April 20, 1985
Several Olympic cyclists are expected to compete as the Encino Velodrome's season opens tonight with a full schedule of races. The events include sprints, pursuits, time trials and point races.
SPORTS
September 14, 1986
John Waite of Huntington Beach, a former national sprint champion, won the Rod Ballard Sprint Classic on Saturday night at the Encino Velodrome. The race was named for the cyclist who died a year ago after suffering a spill at the Velodrome. Ballard fell after coming into contact with a bike ridden by Mark Garrett. On Saturday, Garrett finished second to Waite in the 750-meter race. Waite clocked a time of 12.18 seconds. Finishing behind Garrett was Marcello Arrue of Altadena.
SPORTS
April 9, 1987 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
A share of the slightly more than $225 million in surplus funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games will be used to put the Encino Velodrome back on track. The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, the organization charged with disbursing Southern California's $90-million share of the surplus, has granted $150,000 to the area's two velodromes, the Encino facility and the one at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 1989
Connie Paraskevin Young, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist in women's match sprint, advanced in that event Thursday to the quarterfinals in the Sundance Juice Sparkler Grand Prix of Cycling at the San Diego Velodrome in Balboa Park. Paraskevin Young, of Indianapolis, remained unbeaten in the match sprint in 1989 with a time of 13.34. In April, she defeated the Soviet Union's Erika Salamyae, the gold medal winner in Seoul. Advancing in men's match sprint qualifying were La Mesa's Ken Carpenter, a 1988 Olympian, Curt Harnett, a 1988 Canadian Olympian and former San Diegan, and Mark Gorski, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist, who now resides in Indianapolis.
SPORTS
September 7, 1986
John Waite of Huntington Beach and Juliann Howland of La Mesa won the senior division 750-meter sprints at the Encino Velodrome Saturday night. Waite defeated Paul Swift of San Diego in the men's race while Howland defeated Tammy Fiola of Bellflower in the women's.
SPORTS
July 27, 2004 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
The expansive Home Depot Center sports complex in Carson has drawn almost universal praise since its opening last year. None of it came from the cycling community. As the complex was taking shape four years ago, the velodrome built for the 1984 Olympics was to be removed to pave the way for the 27,000-seat soccer stadium. Supporters viewed the velodrome's destruction as a hostile act toward the one-time symbol of track cycling. Any ill feelings might be a distant memory.
SPORTS
May 10, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After viewing stadium schematics and listening to presentations by Galaxy and Cal State Dominguez Hills officials, the California State University board of trustees finance committee Tuesday voted unanimously, with one abstention, to move forward with the Carson sports-complex project. The proposal goes today to a vote of the full board of trustees, which is expected to approve the project's conceptual plan and to continue negotiations with the Galaxy.
SPORTS
April 26, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soccer 1, Cycling 0. That isn't a matchup Galaxy officials wanted splashed across any Southland marquee, and it certainly isn't a scoreline Olympic Velodrome officials wished to see anywhere at any time, but in the very real contest for prime real estate on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus, that is how it stands. Fighting to preserve the velodrome from the bulldozers that would raze the facility in order to create a 30,000-seat stadium for the Galaxy, the Southern California Velodrome Assn.
NEWS
March 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
David Dungan dashes through midday traffic, changing lanes and blowing through red lights at almost 35 mph. A bicycle messenger, he does this five days a week in sun, wind, snow and rain. And he does it all on a bike with neither gears nor brakes. Dungan is one of a growing cadre of so-called "groovy" riders who have stormed onto the bike messenger scene everywhere from midtown Manhattan to San Francisco.
SPORTS
August 22, 1998 | NICOLE VARGAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1984, the Olympic Velodrome at Cal State Dominguez Hills was the site of the highest level of track cycling competition in the world. The one-third-kilometer oval, surrounded by 8,000 seats, showcased America's Olympic track cyclists, including gold medalists Mark Gorski and Steve Hegg. That legacy came close to becoming a memory when the Cal State Dominguez Hills Foundation decided the arena and track on the northwest side of the campus should be closed.
NEWS
May 27, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In between the rains on its lonely sweep of hillside in Carson, the long-neglected Olympic Velodrome caught a glimpse of its glory days recently by hosting its first national bicycling competition in nine years. For those who have watched the world-class track decline since it hosted Olympic events in 1984, the recent EDS Track Cup and, more important, a pending deal to change the velodrome's management have brightened what seemed a bleak future.
SPORTS
May 11, 1989 | JERRY CROWE
Olympic medalists Mark Gorski and Connie Paraskevin Young headline the field today through Saturday in the Los Angeles stop of the Sundance Grand Prix of Cycling in the Olympic Velodrome at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Young, 28, was the only U.S. cyclist to win a medal in the Seoul Olympics last year, taking a bronze in the women's match sprints. Gorski, 29, won the gold medal in the match sprints at the Los Angeles Games in 1984 but didn't get a chance to defend his title at Seoul, losing to Ken Carpenter last summer in the U.S. Olympic trials.
NEWS
September 1, 1994 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Carson residents who were shocked by the vulgar language and annoyed by the noise from a recent concert by the heavy metal band Metallica are trying to keep other loud groups from playing at the Olympic Velodrome site at Cal State Dominguez Hills. But they still face the Lollapalooza concert with 13 bands for Labor Day Weekend. Metallica drew 23,000 to the concert grounds next to the Velodrome, an oblong, outdoor cycling arena with banked walls that was built for the 1984 Olympics.
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