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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | January 21, 1994
If this current cold wave drags on any longer and the local utilities continue to experience power drains, they'd be well-advised to hook up a couple of generators to the super-charged Dominique Dawes.Sure, at 4 feet 11 and 88 pounds, there's not a lot of Dawes, but what there is of her is always moving, always flexing, always stretching for the next task.Even as she's sitting for an interview, Dawes, one of America's premier gymnasts and a local favorite in Sunday's Reese's World Gymnastics Cup at the Baltimore Arena, is using the arms of the chair as parallel bars to levitate herself above the chair's surface.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | January 21, 1994
If this current cold wave drags on any longer and the local utilities continue to experience power drains, they'd be well-advised to hook up a couple of generators to the super-charged Dominique Dawes.Sure, at 4 feet 11 and 88 pounds, there's not a lot of Dawes, but what there is of her is always moving, always flexing, always stretching for the next task.Even as she's sitting for an interview, Dawes, one of America's premier gymnasts and a local favorite in Sunday's Reese's World Gymnastics Cup at the Baltimore Arena, is using the arms of the chair as parallel bars to levitate herself above the chair's surface.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | July 26, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- He is tired of being the bad guy, of seasons without end, of a job that offers more headaches than perks, more heartaches than triumphs.Most of all, he is just tired of the controversy that swirls around him each time one of his little tumblers takes center stage at the Summer Olympics.Yesterday, U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi sounded and acted like aman preparing to back away from day-to-day coaching."I have no intention to abandon gymnastics and run away from the sport I love so much," Karolyi said.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | July 26, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- He is tired of being the bad guy, of seasons without end, of a job that offers more headaches than perks, more heartaches than triumphs.Most of all, he is just tired of the controversy that swirls around him each time one of his little tumblers takes center stage at the Summer Olympics.Yesterday, U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi sounded and acted like aman preparing to back away from day-to-day coaching."I have no intention to abandon gymnastics and run away from the sport I love so much," Karolyi said.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Staff Writer | July 12, 1992
Declaring himself pleased with the fairness and correctness of a selection process he called a monstrous nightmare just a month ago, Bela Karolyi said yesterday that the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team he will coach -- something else he wanted no part of a month ago -- was fit and ready to take on the former Soviets, the Romanians and the Chinese in Barcelona, Spain."
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By Susan Reimer | August 2, 1991
"Born in the USA" was rocking through the Inner Harbor amphitheater as gymnasts bounded around to kick off the promotion of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials that will be held here in June 1992.Better it had been "Made in Maryland," for the state's best hope to make the Olympic team is Maryland-bred and Maryland-trained. Dominique Dawes, a 14-year-old from Montgomery Blair High School ranked ninth in the nation, hasn't packed off to Houston and gymnastics mentor Bela Karolyi. And she doesn't plan to do so."
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August 3, 1992
The nine-city, post-Olympic gymnastics tour will include stops in Baltimore and Washington.In what may be the last hurrah for many of the Olympic athletes, the tour is expected to include Kim Zmeskal, Betty Okino and Wendy Bruce, as well as members of the men's team, including Trent Dimas, who won the United States' only gold medal yesterday. Some of the foreign gymnasts may also be invited to join the tour.The tour is tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 21 in Detroit, with a stop at Baltimore Arena on Aug. 22 and at the Capital Centre on Aug. 23.The tour is scheduled to continue on Sept.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | July 25, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- After a trials, a tryout camp and a final workout, six tiny women will be paraded into a cafe today and presented as the final, official, and complete U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.Michele Campi, who missed the trials with a fractured right elbow and was slowed by a pulled hamstring muscle, is expected to be the odd woman out and given the alternate position.Kim Zmeskal, of Houston, the 1991 all-around world champion, and Shannon Miller, of Edmond, Okla., the winner of the trials, are expected to lead the American team.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | July 9, 1992
One month after the Olympic Gymnastics Trials at the Baltimore Arena, eight of America's top female gymnasts will square off one more time today in a final selection for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.The last cut will occur in Altamonte Springs, Fla. A final team of six Olympians and one alternate should emerge.Two gymnasts who didn't even appear at the trials still could earn places on the team: Michelle Campi, who broke her right elbow on the eve of the trials, and Betty Okino, who has been sidelined with stress fractures in her back for three months.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | July 29, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- Dominique Dawes placed the bronze medal in her sweat suit pocket, and clutched the bouquet of white roses in her tiny hands.She had traveled the longest road in the world of gymnastics, from a converted game room at a Best Western on the outskirts of the Capital Beltway in Maryland, to the third-place team podium at the 1992 Summer Olympics."
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Staff Writer | July 12, 1992
Declaring himself pleased with the fairness and correctness of a selection process he called a monstrous nightmare just a month ago, Bela Karolyi said yesterday that the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team he will coach -- something else he wanted no part of a month ago -- was fit and ready to take on the former Soviets, the Romanians and the Chinese in Barcelona, Spain."
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By Susan Reimer | August 2, 1991
"Born in the USA" was rocking through the Inner Harbor amphitheater as gymnasts bounded around to kick off the promotion of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials that will be held here in June 1992.Better it had been "Made in Maryland," for the state's best hope to make the Olympic team is Maryland-bred and Maryland-trained. Dominique Dawes, a 14-year-old from Montgomery Blair High School ranked ninth in the nation, hasn't packed off to Houston and gymnastics mentor Bela Karolyi. And she doesn't plan to do so."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
Her back may be broken, but Betty Okino's Olympic dream isn't yet shattered.The woman considered the second-best gymnast in the United States is unlikely to compete at the Olympic trials, Saturday through June 13 at the Baltimore Arena. Yet with a resume that includes three world championship medals, Okino may receive a reprieve -- and a ticket to the team's final training session before the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.Confused? Don't be. In a subjectively judged sport, in which the goal is to put together the best team possible, Okino still could receive a spot on the six-woman team.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | July 26, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- She has survived the gunfire at Entebbe and the governments of a dictator and communism. Her parents are immigrants, who left her in Romania for the freedom of America and later borrowed $20,000 to send her to Bela's Gym in Houston.American gymnast Betty Okino could become one of the 1992 Summer Games' biggest success stories, but she still has to complete the final chapter:Can Okino overcome the rash of injuries that set her back in the last year to win a medal? Competition begins today.
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