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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | August 5, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- Morocco's Khalid Skah kept proclaiming his innocence and asking for his gold medal to be returned.For nearly 8,500 meters, he and Kenya's Peter Chelimo staged an incredible duel of racing tactics and strength Monday night in the Olympic 10,000 meters.But when Skah used a Moroccan teammate as a blocking back and later sprinted past Chelimo to the finish, the crowd turned on the winner, and the judges lifted the gold."I didn't do anything wrong," Skah said. "I didn't make a mistake.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 14, 1992
TIGNES, France -- So beach volleyball comes to the Winter Olympics.And it's the only sporting event you're likely to watch while Sammy Hagar's voice echoes in the Alps.And it's played out on a hill with all the charm of the New Jersey Turnpike.But there were medals to be found in this can't-get-any-respect sport of the 1992 Winter Olympics.Hey dude, the United States got two.Yesterday, Donna Weinbrecht, 26, of West Milford, N.J., the official sure thing of the U.S. Olympic team, won the first gold medal awarded in the women's freestyle mogul skiing event.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | February 28, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- You saw it on television. You know who won.Nancy Kerrigan won. Even thought she didn't win a gold medal, she still got to go to Disney World and claim her fortune.Oksana Baiul won. Hopefully, her next 16 years will be as happy as her first 16 were sad.Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen won. As usual, and finally.CBS won -- not that it deserved to. (If there is any justice, the network should not only pay Tonya Harding's legal bills, but also give her a job. She was good to them.
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By PETE THOMAS and PETE THOMAS,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 13, 2006
BARDONECCHIA, Italy -- Shaun White was admittedly rattled, this being his first Olympics and with so much expected of him. He stood atop the U-shaped halfpipe for his first run and could not turn his attention away from the 7,000 people said to be watching from the stands, or from the five rings plastered on flags and banners throughout the venue, signifying the magnitude of the day. "I never really felt that before," he said later. Nor had he ever experienced the kind of satisfaction that he did yesterday, after he'd pulled himself together and met all those expectations - and then some - by winning the halfpipe snowboard gold medal with a come-from-behind performance that left even his competitors in awe. Only another U.S. sweep, which was the big story of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, could have added to the warm feeling evident through the flushed cheeks and moist eyes of the 19-year-old from Carlsbad, Calif.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporter | August 17, 2008
BEIJING - Someday, years from now, when they tell the tale of the swimmer from Rodgers Forge and his eight gold medals, it will be difficult - if not impossible - to know exactly where to begin. The epic story of Michael Phelps' transcendent Olympics has produced many iconic moments, a diverse selection of did-I-really-just-see-that? mental snapshots. These Olympics have always been about making history for Phelps, a 23-year-old with a long torso, longer arms and the competitive instincts of a hungry shark.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 29, 1998
Adrienne Canterna, a 15-year-old ballet dancer from Linthicum, won the women's gold medal in the junior division of the International Ballet Competition.Medals and other awards were announced Friday in Jackson, Miss.Her sister Ashley, 13, also a dancer, confirmed the award by telephone from the hotel where she and parents John and Sally Canterna are staying.The junior division is for dancers age 15 to 18. Canterna is one of the youngest dancers to win its top prize.Rasta Thomas, Canterna's partner for the pas de deux events, won the men's gold medal in the senior division.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 23, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- Czech defenseman Petr Svoboda had tears in his eyes as the shiny gold medal was slipped around his neck. Goaltender Dominik Hasek held his medal up for the crowd at Big Hat arena -- and all the hockey world -- to see."It's unbelievable," Martin Rucinsky said, clutching a bottle of champagne. "I can't even say anything now. I've got the gold medal. I'm the most happiest person in the world."In the first Olympic hockey tournament to showcase NHL stars, the Czech Republic -- which had the fewest current NHL players, 11, of the six "dream teams" -- stole the show from the Canadians, Americans and Swedes.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - Tommy Hannan won an Olympic gold medal without getting in the pool yesterday. A 20-year-old graduate of Mount St. Joseph High and member of the Eagle Swim Team, Hannan swam in the preliminaries of the 400 medley relay Friday. The United States made three substitutions for yesterday's final, and Hannan watched as his American teammates set a world record of 3 minutes, 33.73 seconds. Hannan didn't participate in the medal awards ceremony, but those who swim in the prelims of relays receive the same medal as their nation's finalists.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - As it turned out, the worst place Apolo Anton Ohno could have been going into the last 50 meters of last night's 1,000-meter final in short-track speed skating was in the lead. Last place, in fact, would have been ideal. Just seconds from claiming his first Olympic gold medal, Ohno got tangled up and undercut by China's Jiajun Li, causing the skating equivalent of a three-car pile-up. Australia's Steven Bradbury, good fortune's man of the hour, casually avoided the carnage and won a race he would have likely finished last in. Ohno finished second, crawling, not skating, across the finish line.
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By Tribune Olympic Bureau | August 20, 2008
BEIJING - Henry Cejudo called it the American dream. The son of undocumented Mexican immigrants who had to work two jobs to keep food on the table, Cejudo gave the United States an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling yesterday with a stunning win over Japan's Tomohiro Matsunaga in the 55-kilogram (121 pounds) final. "I'm living the American dream right now, man," Cejudo, wrapped in an American flag, said moments after his win. "The United States is the land of opportunity. It's the best country in the world, and I'm just glad to represent it."
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