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By RAY FRAGER | February 26, 1994
Nancy Kerrigan beamed. Oksana Baiul bawled. And Tonya Harding took a big wad of gum out of her mouth.So went the Olympic women's figure skating finals last night on CBS.Kerrigan took the ice at 10:38, the same time as on Wednesday. It was good enough for huge ratings that night, CBS must have figured, so let's do it again.Kerrigan skated a fabulous program, and announcers Scott Hamilton and Verne Lundquist gushed."She's grown so much as a skater, an athlete and a person this year," Hamilton said.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1995
LANDOVER -- Their choice of music seemed fitting. More than a decade removed from winning the 1984 Olympic gold medal in Sarajevo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean had switched from classical to pop, from "Bolero" to "Still Crazy After All These Years."Still winning, too.During a near-perfect performance in the World Professional Figure Skating Championships, the legendary British dance team showed a sellout crowd at USAir Arena on Saturday night that precise footwork and a little personality still beat dramatics.
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By MILTON KENT | October 4, 1994
OK, so, without a collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners, no one really knows what the baseball free-agent rules are, but that won't matter since the Orioles' most valuable free agent isn't bound by a CBA anyway.Mark McLemore and Mike Devereaux may draw the biggest headlines, but the Orioles' negotiations with announcer Jon Miller will be of no small importance either.Miller, widely regarded as one of baseball's best play-by-play men, is up for grabs, as his one-year pact with the Orioles expired with the end of his 12th season with the club.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | April 4, 1995
News . . . but Mostly Views:Two more "sports," surfing and ballroom dancing, are looking ultimately to make it into the Olympic Games as medal events, being granted provisional recognition, and I say loudly and clearly: GOOD. The more the merrier.The Games, be they the Summer or Winter variety, simply aren't crowded enough at this point with just 34 medal sports on the menu. And besides, anyone who has been subjected to synchronized swimming or gymnastics, knows it's time for a little "Saturday Night Fever" and "Endless Summer."
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By PHIL JACKMAN | November 4, 1994
The TV Repairman:A decade ago, when the Breeders' Cup sprang out of the fertile mind of someone, two guys named Tom, Hammond and Durkin, host and race caller, respectively, for NBC's coverage, gasped in unison, "We're on for four hours, how are we going to fill that much time?"The network went in with lots of features, which, according to Hammond, "we never got to. Right off we thought, hey, we don't have enough time." So the 11th edition tomorrow will be four hours, 30 minutes in length, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1999
Michael Weiss is talking on the phone as he zooms along Interstate 95 in his Dodge Viper with its 450-horsepower engine.The goateed figure skater, who became the U.S. champion in February and the bronze-medal winner at the world championships last month, has just been asked what moment in his life has been most special.There is a slight pause."A lot of people would think it would be something that happened on the ice," said Weiss, 22. "But, for me, it's something that happened after I was finished skating."
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By Phil Jackman | February 25, 1994
The TV Repairman:Even on the nights it can't train its cameras on the skaters, CBS has done an exceptional job sustaining the interest in the competition with a series of previews that come close to matching the real thing.For instance, last night's report on the injuries suffered by world champion Oksana Baiul and Tanja Szewczenko in a collision during practice carried all the urgency of a Super Bowl quarterback hurting his arm the week of the big game.Then the net brought in the first team, Charles Kuralt, to tell the story of what 1960 champion Carol Heiss calls "the five sisters," the U.S. women who have captured gold medals since 1956.
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By MILTON KENT | November 11, 1994
Did Nancy Kerrigan get a raw deal during and after February's Winter Olympics from judges and the media?That's the crux of a feature airing during the intermission of tomorrow night's conclusion of "Ice Wars: The U.S.A vs. the World" at 9 p.m. on CBS (Channel 11).Kerrigan lost the gold medal in Lillehammer, Norway, to Oksana Baiul of Ukraine by one-tenth of one point, the closest margin in Olympic skating history.The nine-minute feature includes a heretofore unseen super slo-mo replay of Baiul double-footing a triple toe loop landing, which should have counted for a deduction.
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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 Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 23, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- And now for the rest of the field.There is a teen-ager from Ukraine who rules the world, a leaper from France who is the toast of Europe and a young woman from China who is a picture of skating grace.Americans Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan are not the only women who could come away with the figure skating gold at the Winter Olympics.Remember the names Oksana Baiul of Ukraine, Surya Bonaly of France and Chen Lu of China during tonight's two-minute technical program. They each enter the competition with top-flight credentials and top-flight triples.
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