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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
BOSTON -- The television cameras followed Dominique Moceanu's every move yesterday at the FleetCenter. From the press box where Moceanu and the other gymnasts here for the U.S. Olympic trials conducted an hour's worth of interviews to the floor of the mostly empty arena where Moceanu stretched and the others practiced for tonight's compulsory program.It seemed only fitting.It didn't matter that Moceanu wasn't competing in the trials because of a stress fracture in her right leg. If anything, her absence from the competition was a bigger story because it raised questions about her ability to perform at next month's Olympic Games and about the way the U.S. women's team is being selected.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1996
ATLANTA -- Bela Karolyi found out about Dominique Moceanu's magic in the privacy of his Houston gym more than four years ago. There he saw his past, both in Romania and America, in an athlete who looked like Nadia Comaneci, smiled like Mary Lou Retton and worked like Kim Zmeskal."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1996
ATLANTA -- Bela Karolyi found out about Dominique Moceanu's magic in the privacy of his Houston gym more than four years ago. There he saw his past, both in Romania and America, in an athlete who looked like Nadia Comaneci, smiled like Mary Lou Retton and worked like Kim Zmeskal."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
BOSTON -- The television cameras followed Dominique Moceanu's every move yesterday at the FleetCenter. From the press box where Moceanu and the other gymnasts here for the U.S. Olympic trials conducted an hour's worth of interviews to the floor of the mostly empty arena where Moceanu stretched and the others practiced for tonight's compulsory program.It seemed only fitting.It didn't matter that Moceanu wasn't competing in the trials because of a stress fracture in her right leg. If anything, her absence from the competition was a bigger story because it raised questions about her ability to perform at next month's Olympic Games and about the way the U.S. women's team is being selected.
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June 7, 1996
Miller in lead: Shannon Miller, a five-time Olympic medalist who hasn't competed since last fall due to injuries, took first place in the compulsories at the National Gymnastics Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Defending champion Dominique Moceanu was second, Jaycie Phelps third. The compulsories count for 60 percent of the points. The women's optionals will take place tonight. The top 14 competitors will go to the Olympic trials.Drive for five: Connie Paraskevin-Young made her fifth Olympic team by defeating Christine Witty in the women's match sprint last night in a battle of two-sport stars in Trexlertown, Pa. Paraskevin-Young made the Winter Olympic team in 1980 and 1984 as a speedskater before going to the 1988 and 1992 games as a track cycler.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | July 23, 1996
ATLANTA -- Her routine complete, U.S. gymnast Shannon Miller walked off the mat to a roar from the crowd. Her coach bounded toward her, wearing a huge smile. But Miller's smile was purposeful, her look serious. She seemed immune to all the commotion.Near the team's bench, Steve Nunno, Miller's coach, grabbed her shoulders, embracing her, then offered a catalog of encouragement. So excited was Nunno, he shook Miller's small body as he talked.She looked into his eyes, nodding. Her lips remained tight.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | August 20, 1995
NEW ORLEANS -- When she had finished her last routine in the all-around competition of the 1995 national championships Friday night at the Louisiana Superdome, Dominique Dawes could hold back no longer.It had been a long year for the gymnast from Gaithersburg, one filled with injuries and inconsistent results. So as the television camera focused on her, Dawes did something that many hadn't seen her do in a while.She cried."My beam routine made me upset," Dawes said later.Dawes had much different emotions last night -- and much different results.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 30, 1996
BOSTON -- Since the U.S. Olympic Trials concluded in Baltimore four years ago, officials for USA Gymnastics have tried to ensure that performance rather than politics would determine this year's outcome. By changing the selection process to prevent athletes injured before the trials from petitioning their way onto the women's team, they figured to have an equitable, if not quite airtight, system.But that was before Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu, perhaps the two biggest stars in American gymnastics, got hurt.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | August 16, 1995
NEW ORLEANS -- The world team trials are less than a month away. The world gymnastics championships in Japan are less than two months down the road. And the 1996 Olympic Games seem to be getting closer by the moment.Which is why this year's U.S. national championships, which began today here at the Louisiana Superdome, are a crucial step for those who have been there before and those trying to get there for the first time."It's a chance to get more experience," said Kerri Strug, who at 14 was a member of the bronze-medal-winning Olympic team in Barcelona.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | April 29, 1995
FAIRFAX, Va. -- When she found herself in third place Thursday after the first night of the Visa Challenge gymnastics competition at the Patriot Center, Dominique Moceanu seemed disappointed."
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By MILTON KENT | July 22, 1996
In this era of the glib and overly polished sportscaster, the guy who writes out and tosses off his best lines in hopes that television sports columnists will note his "spontaneity," NBC's Dick Enberg stands practically alone.Enberg, the network's lead football voice and nightly essayist during the Olympics, is that increasingly rare breed of sportscaster whose work consistently is of high quality. In the early days of these Games, Enberg, the best storyteller of his era, is up to his usual.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | August 19, 1995
NEW ORLEANS -- Bela Karolyi said earlier this week that he preferred his latest prodigy, Dominique Moceanu, not win the all-around title in the 1995 National Championships here at the Louisiana Superdome.She would be too young.It would mean too much pressure.Karolyi didn't get his wish, because Moceanu also was too good.In an inspiring performance that many believe served as a preview for next summer's Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 13-year-old wunderkind from Houston won the women's competition last night to become the youngest female national champion in the 33-year history of the event.
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