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February 24, 1994
Bonnie Blair was golden in her final Olympics as she blew past the competition in the 1,000-meter speed skating, winning the fifth gold medal of her Olympic career -- more than any other female athlete in U.S. history.Also yesterday at the Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, the U.S. hockey team lost to Finland and Italian Alberto Tomba bombed in the giant slalom.* Finland, undefeated in six hockey games, rolled past Team USA, 6-1, ending America's hopes for its first hockey medal since it won gold in 1980.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | February 10, 1995
The TV Repairman:Part II of Bud Greenspan's "16 Days of Glory" handling of the Lillehammer Winter Olympics plays the Disney Channel Sunday (9 p.m.), and this one's even better than the excellent first installment that ran in the fall.Key elements are the inspiring performances of Bonnie Blair, Alberto Tomba, and the too-good-to-be-true Johann Olav Koss. But even better are the stories behind the men's 4 X 10K cross-country relay and Prince Albert (Grimaldi) of Monaco competing in the bobsleigh.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Correspondent | February 11, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- She is 27 years old, yet she is still the girl next door dressed up in red, white and blue.With that flat Midwestern accent, with all the high-fives, and with all her family and friends in the stands, you'd think you were at some high school football game -- instead of the Winter Olympics.As twilight dropped over the French Alps, with the temperature plunging from spring to winter, with a world watching, Bonnie Blair showed them all, showed them that no other woman can sprint across a patch of ice faster.
SPORTS
February 28, 1994
Peter Mueller, who was hired as U.S. Olympic team speed skating coach at the urging of gold medalists Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair among others, said yesterday he is quitting because he's "just fed up with a lot of things."Mueller, 39, was quoted by the Milwaukee Sentinel in Oslo, Norway, as saying he decided not to wait for a new contract from U.S. Speedskating."People in positions of power aren't helping the skaters and I'm tired of dealing with them," said Mueller, whose contract expires at the end of April.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 14, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- Bonnie Blair won her second gold medal of the 1992 Winter Olympics today.On a day when the tennis courts were filled with players in shirt sleeves, when a set of plastic Olympic rings shriveled up in melting ice, when the whole town was swathed in mud and trickling water, a certified American heroine of winter sports was crowned.Ms. Blair, a speedskating dynamo from Champaign, Ill., won the women's 1,000 meters in 1:21.90. Ye Qiaobo of China received the silver, just two-hundredths of a second behind in 1:21.
SPORTS
February 28, 1994
Peter Mueller, who was hired as U.S. Olympic team speed skating coach at the urging of gold medalists Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair among others, said yesterday he is quitting because he's "just fed up with a lot of things."Mueller, 39, was quoted by the Milwaukee Sentinel in Oslo, Norway, as saying he decided not to wait for a new contract from U.S. Speedskating."People in positions of power aren't helping the skaters and I'm tired of dealing with them," said Mueller, whose contract expires at the end of April.
NEWS
February 23, 1994
They are holding the Winter Olympics in the right place. More fans turned out to watch cross-country skiers and ski jumpers in Norway than go to a Super Bowl. In zero degrees, Norwegians like nothing better than to camp out for a glimpse of cross-country skiers swishing by. These sports aren't exotic, quadrennial novelties for the Norwegians. Speed skater Johann Olav Koss and cross-country skiers Bjorn Daehlie and Vegard Ulvang are household names. Lillehammer is an ideal site for the Winter Olympics.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 24, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- This is what it is like to race against Bonnie Blair:"It's hard to come in first," Canada's Susan Auch said."She's like Carl Lewis," American Chantal Bailey said."
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By Dave Anderson and Dave Anderson,New York Times News Service | February 11, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- Every four years they move in and out of the American sports consciousness as quickly as they move on their long blades. Their celebrity is usually measured in their time on the ice.Even when Eric Heiden flashed through Lake Placid in 1980 with a record five gold medals, he soon seemed to vanish.They are speed skaters, and even if one wins an Olympic gold medal, the face might be familiar but the name is not. As the 1988 women's 500-meter Olympic gold medalist discovered not long after returning from Calgary, Alberta.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | January 10, 1994
MILWAUKEE -- Is it the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer or an old-timers' reunion?The American speed skating team will have some familiar faces when the Winter Games begin in Lillehammer, Norway, in February.As expected, Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair skated fast enough to earn positions on the 1994 team. Blair, the only U.S. woman to win gold medals in consecutive Winter Olympics, had the best times in the 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-meter races.Jansen, who has yet to win a medal in two Olympics, also earned the right to compete in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 races.
NEWS
February 24, 1994
Bonnie Blair was golden in her final Olympics as she blew past the competition in the 1,000-meter speed skating, winning the fifth gold medal of her Olympic career -- more than any other female athlete in U.S. history.Also yesterday at the Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, the U.S. hockey team lost to Finland and Italian Alberto Tomba bombed in the giant slalom.* Finland, undefeated in six hockey games, rolled past Team USA, 6-1, ending America's hopes for its first hockey medal since it won gold in 1980.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 24, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- This is what it is like to race against Bonnie Blair:"It's hard to come in first," Canada's Susan Auch said."She's like Carl Lewis," American Chantal Bailey said."
NEWS
February 23, 1994
They are holding the Winter Olympics in the right place. More fans turned out to watch cross-country skiers and ski jumpers in Norway than go to a Super Bowl. In zero degrees, Norwegians like nothing better than to camp out for a glimpse of cross-country skiers swishing by. These sports aren't exotic, quadrennial novelties for the Norwegians. Speed skater Johann Olav Koss and cross-country skiers Bjorn Daehlie and Vegard Ulvang are household names. Lillehammer is an ideal site for the Winter Olympics.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- With Bonnie Blair, there is no tragedy, no drama, no angst on ice.There is only history.Yesterday she showed up at speed skating's new mecca -- an indoor rink topped by the upturned hull of a Viking ship. In the crowd were 60 of her relatives and friends who wore matching sweat shirts and matching gold hats that read "Go, Bonnie, Gold."On the ice, there was only one skater to watch. Blair, staying low and skating true, methodically overwhelming the field in the women's 500 meters at the Winter Olympics.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
Milwaukee--So here are the Winter Olympics, and here is its queen.Watch her closely when she hurtles through the turns, keeping low, body level, left foot slicing straight ahead on the rock-hard ice. Watch her glide on the straightaways.Watch her fend off the pressure of being the favorite to win the 500- and 1,000-meter races. Those would earn her fourth and fifth Olympic gold medals, surpassing swimmer Janet Evans, diver Pat McCormick and sprinter Evelyn Ashford, who are the only American women with four.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | January 10, 1994
MILWAUKEE -- Is it the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer or an old-timers' reunion?The American speed skating team will have some familiar faces when the Winter Games begin in Lillehammer, Norway, in February.As expected, Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair skated fast enough to earn positions on the 1994 team. Blair, the only U.S. woman to win gold medals in consecutive Winter Olympics, had the best times in the 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-meter races.Jansen, who has yet to win a medal in two Olympics, also earned the right to compete in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 races.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
Milwaukee--So here are the Winter Olympics, and here is its queen.Watch her closely when she hurtles through the turns, keeping low, body level, left foot slicing straight ahead on the rock-hard ice. Watch her glide on the straightaways.Watch her fend off the pressure of being the favorite to win the 500- and 1,000-meter races. Those would earn her fourth and fifth Olympic gold medals, surpassing swimmer Janet Evans, diver Pat McCormick and sprinter Evelyn Ashford, who are the only American women with four.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 15, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- She heard nothing.That she could tell you. Her coach, Peter Mueller, was skating alongside her, screaming the split times. The crowd of 8,000 was shouting. And of course, those 44 friends and relatives of hers in the purple-and-white jackets were chanting, "Go, Bonnie, go."But the sounds never penetrated the wall she had built around herself."You're oblivious out there," she said.This was personal. This was between Bonnie Blair and the clock. Between Bonnie Blair and history.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | January 10, 1994
MILWAUKEE -- Olympic speed skater Kristen Talbot's sprint for glory is not as important as her brother's race for life.It's no contest."No, no, it wasn't a tough decision," Talbot said. "I've said it over and over again. To me, his life is much more important than skating in the Olympics."Talbot, 23, was competing in the U.S. Long Track Speedskating Team Trials this weekend, barely earning a third berth on the Olympic team and a right to compete in the 500-meter sprint race at the Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, next month.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 23, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- When you clear through all the trash sports and all the tough talk, when you get past the hockey miracle that went bust, the cover-boy downhill skier who finished ninth, the laid-back luger who finished 10th, the returning speed skating medalist who should have passed on the fish, what you are left with is this:Without the women, the U.S. Winter Olympic team would have been one gigantic Luxembourg.For the United States, the Olympics ended yesterday. They ended with a hockey team that lost to Czechoslovakia in the bronze-medal game.
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