July 10, 2010 |
The wisp of a woman, whose story we seem incapable of taking beyond a fall on a track 26 years ago, is back in town. In this age of media noise and shallow perceptions, her return could be amped up into a big headline or a teaser to the evening news: "Zola Budd returns to race in Los Angeles." That would be accurate. Its implications would not be. Her name is Zola Budd Pieterse now. She is 44, and moved from her native South Africa to live the last two years in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with her husband and three children.
August 10, 2009 |
Zola Budd has reached the point in her life where she can take her Los Angeles Olympic moment of 25 years ago and swirl it like a nicely aged wine. The memory is smooth now, perfectly palatable. "It's amazing how life works out," she says. She is Zola Budd Pieterse, 43, the wife of a South African businessman and the mother of three. She lives in Myrtle Beach because, she says, when she reached age 40, she decided she wanted to compete in some American Masters Class track events and thought her children's ages, twins Mike and Azelle, 11, and Lisa, 13, were right for such an adventure.
July 8, 1992 |
Mary Slaney and Zola Budd will race again in London on Friday, eight years after their collision in the 1984 Olympics. In Budd's first British appearance since anti-apartheid demonstrations drove her back to South Africa in 1987, the women will be part of an international field in the 2,000 meters. Slaney, 33, failed to qualify for Barcelona. Budd, 26, will compete for South Africa.
October 16, 1992 |
Mary Slaney led from start to finish to win a mile road race at Sydney, Australia. She was provisionally timed in 4 minutes 23.15 seconds, with South Africa's Zola Budd-Pieterse second and Australia's Krishna Stanton third.
April 19, 1992 |
Cheered wildly by 40,000 Senegalese Saturday at Dakar, a South African track team made its first appearance in black Africa since the end of colonization 30 years ago. President F.W. de Klerk's dismantling of apartheid has cleared the way for an end of the international isolation of South Africa, which will send a team to the Summer Olympics.
June 21, 1992 |
Distance runners Zola Budd Pieterse and Elana Meyer head the list of South African athletes chosen Saturday to compete at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The Games will be the first to include South Africa since 1960 and the first ever to include black South Africans. Most of the 96 athletes chosen are white, however, because for decades under apartheid, whites routinely had superior training opportunities.