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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 Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 24, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- All was perfect; all was forgotten.Her rival sat in a box seat high above the ice. Hundreds of photographers ringed the rink, the whir of their cameras a chorus to every jump. Unarmed soldiers and policemen patrolled the corridors.But for 2 1/2 minutes there was only the magic of a woman dressed in black chiffon and white silk, dancing, spinning and leaping across the ice, shedding the role of victim for the role of athlete, grabbing hold of the Winter Olympics and refusing to let go until the crowd stood and roared and unfurled American flags.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- The images rise from the mist of a Nordic morning:Italian ski racer Alberto Tomba charging down a mountain like a rampaging bull on snow.American speed skater Bonnie Blair, caught in a crouch, skating against herself and history.And British skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, elegance on ice, tap dancing toward gold.These are the deja vu Winter Olympics.There is a sense that the world has seen all this before, even as nearly 2,000 athletes from 69 nations assemble for today's opening ceremonies of the 17th Winter Games.
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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 Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 27, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- These are the Winter Olympics you do not want to end. They are Games where good overshadows evil, where athletes act as heroes and where dreams really do come true.These are the Games of Dan Jansen winning one last race, Oksana Baiul smiling through the tears, Johann Olav Koss racing into history.They are about an Israeli skater named Michael Shmerkin wearing a yarmulke during the Opening Ceremonies; Bosnian bobsledders fleeing the siege of Sarajevo to make a few bumpy rides down an icy trail; an aerial daredevil from Uzbekistan named Lina Cherjazova winning her country's first gold medal as rock music echoed down a mountainside.
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By Phil Jackman | April 8, 1994
The TV Repairman:Maybe it tells us something about golf coverage on TV, those 15-minute Masters wrap-up shows last night and tonight (11:35-11:50) ranking among the 10 highest-rated golf shows each year. Are the masses suggesting that three-, four- and five-hour shows weekend afternoons are just too much time to spend watching? Especially when networks have been known to go away from so many tournaments due to time constraints.CBS theorizes that the format of the late-night shows of reviewing the best shots of the day and talking to some of the leaders and signing off is the reason for the popularity.
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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 RANDY HARVEY and RANDY HARVEY,SUN REPORTER | February 24, 2006
TURIN, Italy -- The judges for the Winter Olympics women's figure skating competition got it right. What fun is that? Of course, there was hardly any way they could have gotten it wrong after yesterday's long program. Not even the French judge would have dared try to fix this one. Skaters have complained that the ice at the Palavela is soft, but that was a good thing in this case. Considering how many of them fell on it, someone could have been seriously injured. The winner: the only one standing.
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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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