September 19, 1990
ATLANTA -- With an emotional victory of unprecedented proportions, Atlanta yesterday morning gained the 1996 Summer Olympics and lost its reputation as an athletic Loserville.For years, this was a city that supported its professional teams with empty seats and emptier enthusiasm. The hockey team, the Flames, has been gone with the wind for years. The Braves, suffering through another pathetic baseball season, drew 3,473 on Monday night. The Hawks, perennial National Basketball Association underachievers, dumped coach Mike Fratello after last season.
December 9, 1998
ABC broadcaster Jim McKay joined Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. yesterday in supporting Washington and Baltimore's bid to play host to the 2012 Olympic Games by joining the regional organizing committee.McKay, who has lived in Baltimore since he was 15, announced his support next to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and members of the Washington-Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition. McKay, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame, has broadcast 10 Olympics."This is another significant step forward in our march to establish credibility in our bid for the Olympics," said Dan Knise, recently appointed president and chief executive of the bid committee.
February 7, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY -- The first Winter Olympics in 1924 had a competition called military patrol. This year, it isn't an event, but a way of life. Everywhere you look -- and places you'd never think to look -- there are armed guards. "Tight but polite" is their watchword. Fighter jets patrol the sky, and others are on standby at an Air Force base not far from downtown. Black Hawk helicopters hover and scoot above the city. Chain-link fencing surrounds sites considered important: the village where the athletes live, hotels housing the "Olympic family" (Winter Games-speak for the International Olympic Committee and deep-pockets sponsors)
July 30, 1996
ATLANTA -- Although Alice S. Hawthorne did not run a single lap or win a single competition, her name is likely to be forever associated with the 1996 Summer Olympics as a casualty of the Games' spirit of harmony and openness.Hawthorne, who was 44, died in the Saturday morning bomb blast that sprayed shrapnel over a swath of Centennial Olympic Park, the 21-acre grass and brick-paved area that stands at the physical heart of the Olympic Games. The park had been reclaimed from slums and old warehouses to become a place for visitors and locals to meet, greet and celebrate -- no high-priced tickets or special passes needed.
February 25, 1994
Two special events will be celebrated on Sept. 11 -- Fort McHenry's 200th birthday and the 180th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. Plans are a little incomplete at this date, but my friend Alan Walden, president of the Patriots of Fort McHenry, says it should be quite a day.President Clinton, Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, Gov. William Donald Schaefer, senators and congressmen are among those expected to attend the gala celebration, along...
June 5, 1993
Jeff Klepacki, one of the best heavyweights rowers in the United States, says $15,000 can buy two boats, or a car, or a few years of room and board.It could also be the official prize of a made-in-America gold-medal dream.This weekend, Klepacki and hundreds of other American Olympians will learn whether they'll be competing for money and medals at future Olympic and world championship events."I'm not going to think of money for the gold medal as an incentive," said Klepacki, of East Windsor, N.J. "But it would help to pay off all the expenses of an Olympic campaign."