A breakthrough for Galindo possible, ABC's Fleming says

Media Watch

March 21, 1996|By Milton Kent

Peggy Fleming, who won the Olympic gold medal in Grenoble, France, in 1968, long ago surrendered the banner of American women's figure skating to such successors as Dorothy Hamill and Kristi Yamaguchi.

But, to many, Fleming remains the grande dame of skating, a symbol of the grace and elegance the sport projects to a growing fan base.

"I'm very flattered. That's wonderful that so many people still remember my skating and think so fondly of me after all this time," said Fleming by phone yesterday from Edmonton, Alberta, the site of the World Figure Skating Championships.

Fleming, who will analyze the proceedings for ABC (Channel 2) in prime time tonight and Saturday (8 p.m.), chuckles a bit at the thought that the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding comedy has helped bring more viewers to an otherwise dignified sport.

"That was such a circus and such an aberration, but it takes all kinds," said Fleming. "We come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Life isn't so proper sometimes. If we were all the same, it would all be so boring."

Tonight's show will focus on the men's long program, which will feature a showdown among hometown favorite Elvis Stojko, the reigning world champion; last year's U.S. champion Todd Eldredge, who finished second to Stojko; and newcomer Rudy Galindo, who just captured his first American title.

A victory by Galindo "would really open his world," Fleming said. "He's very talented and has a great floor routine. He jumps so effortlessly. It would really be interesting if he were to win, and it would be a lot to have happen in one year. I hope he can put it in perspective and have it be a springboard for other wonderful things."

The hoop scene

CBS (Channel 13) will send along the Georgetown-Texas Tech East Regional semifinal tonight at 7: 40, as the NCAA men's tournament continues, with Louisville-Wake Forest from the Midwest serving as the nightcap. Princeton coach Pete Carril will join Pat O'Brien and Clark Kellogg in the New York studio tonight and tomorrow.

In case you're interested, Gus Johnson and Quinn Buckner will call games in the East Regional this weekend, and Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery will man the Midwest. Tomorrow night, it will be Jim Nantz and Billy Packer calling the Southeast, with Tim Ryan and Al McGuire in the West.

ESPN's diamond doings

That paean to the diamond, ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," makes its season premiere at 10: 30 p.m., with Karl Ravech as host, joined by Peter Gammons and Dave Campbell as studio analysts.

And speaking of studio analysts, the network announced yesterday that it has hired former Orioles second baseman Harold Reynolds to perform said duties for "Baseball Tonight," starting with next Thursday's show.

Reynolds, who replaces Roy Smalley, who spent 12 seasons in Seattle, came to Baltimore in 1993 and retired after spending the 1994 season in California.

Another former Oriole, Andy Van Slyke, who was here just long enough to get his uniform dirty last season, has been signed by ESPN to be an analyst in the booth for the network's alternate regional games each Wednesday. The former center fielder, who made his biggest smash in Pittsburgh, had been rumored to be under consideration to join Fox.

Finally, be on the lookout this weekend for what promises to be another in a series of hilarious ESPN promos, with this set for baseball.

These spots, done by the Portland, Ore.-based advertising firm Wieden and Kennedy, feature "NYPD Blue" detective Nick Turturro and former president Abraham Lincoln touring spring training sites in an attempt to drum up interest in the grand old game following the theme, "It's Baseball. And You're an American."

In one promo, the pair encourages New York Yankee Wade Boggs to switch his pre-game meal to the more patriotic turkey. In another, Lincoln presents a batting helmet in the shape of a stovepipe hat to Cincinnati's Barry Larkin, and, in a third, Turturro and the 16th president try to get Reds manager Ray Knight to change the team's nickname to the more patriotic "Patrick Henrys."

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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