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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 25, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- Even now, there is uncertainty.The plot has twisted through practice rinks and courtrooms, tabloid pages and television studios, but finally, tonight, in a 6,600-seat chalet-style ice rink, the most coveted medal at the Winter Olympics will be handed out.They will skate for the women's figure skating gold at the Winter Olympics.Nancy Kerrigan, the leader from Stoneham, Mass., will be here.So will Surya Bonaly of France, in third.But what of Oksana Baiul, of Ukraine, the child star and reigning world champion who is currently second?
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1997
The stage director, on skates and cradling a boombox in one arm, is traversing the ice at the Baltimore Arena, teaching the skaters their roles in the opening number. He works first with Rudy Galindo on his big, hands-over-head finish, then with ice dancers Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko on a jazzy, hip-jutting bit, then with French skater Surya Bonaly on her energetic jumps.The director then moves on to a pale, blond skater who has emerged on the sidelines. He cues the music and she follows him like a shadow as he skates toward center ice.From his boombox, the BeeGees are singing, "Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive . . ."
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April 6, 1995
The men's and ladies' gold medalists from last month's World Figure Skating Championships in Birmingham, England, will perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore Arena.China's Lu Chen, the ladies' world champion, and Canada's Elvis Stojko, the men's champion, top an impressive lineup for the exhibition. Other skaters include Oksana Baiul, Surya Bonaly, Nicole Bobek, Nancy Kerrigan, Michelle Kwan, Jill Trenary, Todd Eldredge, Philippe Candeloro, Viktor Petrenko, Brian Boitano and Scott Davis.
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February 27, 1994
Gold-medal winner Oksana Baiul, silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan and bronze medalist Chen Lu head an impressive lineup for the Campbell's Soups 1994 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions, coming to the Baltimore Arena on Sunday, April 17.The cast also includes Surya Bonaly, who finished fourth in the women's competition, and men's Olympic stars Elvis Stojko (silver), Philippe Candeloro (bronze), Viktor Petrenko, Brian Boitano and Scott Davis.Pairs gold medalists Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov will be there, as will Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko, Natalia Michkouteniok and Arthur Dmitriev, Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay, Maia Usova and Alexander Zhjulin, Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler and Jennie Meno and Todd Sand.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 12, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- She is skating's most controversial star, a mercurial performer who changes her hair color, her clothing style, even her name at a moment's notice. One opponent has slashed her with a skate. Another once smashed her face into a bar.She is Pasha Grishuk, and, with her partner Yevgeny Platov, she is out for an ice dancing gold medal at the Winter Olympics.The tempestuous Russians, who train in Marlboro, Mass., are the reigning Olympic champions. They will hit the ice during tomorrow's first phase of the ice dancing competition.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | February 25, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- Understand this about Nancy Kerrigan's quest for an Olympic gold medal: The hard part hasn't even started.Nailing her short program, as she did the other night, was no easy feat, particularly considering the events of the past seven weeks. But it is a rare night when Kerrigan doesn't nail her short program. She would be Michael Jordan if all she had to do was skate short programs."This was her strength, her forte," said Paul Wylie, her practice partner for a decade, after Kerrigan's brilliant short program Wednesday night.
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By Kevin Cowherd | February 26, 1994
No pain, no gain, etc.: After success of gold medalist Oksana Baiul (three stitches in leg following practice collision) and silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan (knee used as pinata by thuggish amateur hitman), bronze figure skating medalist Chen Lu of China said she briefly considered dropping a cinderblock on her ankle to induce internal bleeding.She settled for a brisk whack upside the head from her coach.Fair's fair: In wake of Tonya Harding do-over in women's long program because of skate boot problem, '69 Colts now petitioning NFL to replay Super Bowl III, claiming QB Earl Morrall played most of 16-7 loss to Jets with loose shoulder pads.
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By Kevin Cowherd | February 25, 1994
Now it can be told: Six figure skating judges now admit they were laughing so hard at Ukrainian Oksana Baiul's "Joan-Fontaine-meets-the-Starship-Enterp rise" outfit that they missed her technical program and graded her on a guess.Worst that food poisoning: U.S. Olympians still reeling from recent gooey "Jackson Family Honors" awards show presented by this country's leading dysfunctional family and inadvertently picked up by satellite dish in athlete's village.Worse tha food poisoning: Skier Tommy Moe reported fighting waves of nausea after hearing Elizabeth Taylor tell Michael (clad in standard planet Romulus attire)
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 24, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- Katarina Witt showed up at the Winter Olympics dressed as a man last night.Call her Robin Hood.She shot an imaginary arrow. She marched against her enemies. She turned triple jumps over rivers.And she turned back the competitive clock, barging her way into sixth place in the women's technical program."I'm really proud," she said. "The truth is, I don't care. It's not the medals I came back for."The strange thing is, she may have put herself back into Olympic medal contention.
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By Ken Rosenthal | February 21, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- She was tough enough to become the youngest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympics history.Who's to say that Tara Lipinski isn't tough enough to survive?It's true, she might be too young for this. She might be overwhelmed by her fame. She might struggle to lead a normal adult life.Heck, even Lipinski seemed to recognize it's all downhill from here, not exactly a healthy thought for a 15-year-old."It went by so quickly," she said. "I was so happy, and almost a little sad. I was going to have to get off [the medal stand]
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