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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2012
As an NBA assistant coach since retiring after a Hall of Fame career, Patrick Ewing might have a better seat than many of his contemporaries to compare this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team to the fabled Dream Team of 20 years ago. Ewing was one of 11 Hall of Famers on that team and played in the shadow of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and even Charles Barkley in Barcelona. But Ewing doesn't't think the current team led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant could compete for one simple reason.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Ida Bernstein always has been a multitasker, going back to her childhood in Baltimore County when she juggled several sports and teams while maintaining a rigorous academic load. Which makes her current situation a challenge in itself: For the first time in several years, Bernstein will be concentrating on just one sport while her academic responsibilities also lessen considerably. A former soccer and track star at Dulaney who went to Syracuse to play both sports, Bernstein eventually found her way to rugby in college as well as bobsledding after graduating.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1996
Last July, Baltimore middleweight Dana Rucker put himself on the fast track to this summer's Olympic Games by winning the U.S. Olympic Festival gold medal in Colorado Springs, Colo.Rucker was supposed to return there for last week's U.S. Boxing Championships. Instead, he spent the week in his hometown, celebrating his son Hasan's sixth birthday and contemplating his own future.A future out of boxing.Rucker, 24, said yesterday that he has decided to retire from the sport he took up three years ago as a way to improve his skills as a kick-boxer and, perhaps, further his education.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
The debate raging these days between those arguing whether this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team could compete with the Dream Team of 20 years ago is not answered simply by a generational divide. I for one, being of sound mind and slightly broken-down body, believe the 2012 version is not being given the respect it deserves before it ever steps on a court in London. I also think the 1992 team was not quite as invincible as they were made out to be because the international game was far from what it is today.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | May 15, 1992
Want to know what a five-ringed seal of Olympic approval can do for a sport and its competitors?Meet Dave Curran.A year ago, he had a car, a condo and a career in sales. Now, he is a self-described whitewater "kayak bum." He drives from river to river in a pickup truck. He shares rug space with furniture and pets in homes of friends. He dips into a dwindling savings account to pay for meals.L At 34, he is living out a fantasy, courtesy of the Olympics."Before, this was just a nut and berry sport," said Curran, a native of Doylestown, Pa. "Now, it has some clout because of the Olympics.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 20, 1996
ATLANTA -- There is a low-key arrogance about Michael Johnson, the result of his humble beginning in a sport he now dominates. So when he was asked last week about a possible challenge from world record-holder Butch Reynolds in the 400 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Johnson was polite but to the point."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2000
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jackie Joyner-Kersee has been compared with Jesse Owens before. Yesterday, she made like Lutz Long, Owens' companion in one of the seminal moments in the Olympic saga. Voted the greatest female athlete in the history of the Olympics, Joyner-Kersee added to her legacy in a most poignant way at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. She didn't make her fifth team, but instead assisted heir apparent Marion Jones through a hairy moment in the finals of the long jump.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Staff Writer | May 18, 1992
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Look out, Baltimore. Bela's coming to town. And he's bringing a big, ol' bad mood with him."Eleven years I fight and I fight the same kind of response," Bela Karolyi said after the judges failed to deliver marks he felt Kim Zmeskal deserved during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships this weekend."
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By Bill Glauber | February 2, 1992
Miracles to debacles.The United States hockey team beats the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980, and then spends the next two Olympic Winter Games slip-sliding to the bottom of the pack.Eric Heiden wins five gold medals in speed skating in 1980. Eight years later in Calgary, Alberta, the entire U.S. Olympic team wins six medals and only two are gold.Bill Johnson comes careening down a mountain in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in 1984 to emerge as the Olympic downhill champion. Four years later, the United States not only doesn't win an alpine skiing medal, it has trouble finding competitors who can finish a race.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2004
ATHENS - The American men are not going to win gold in basketball. They might not even win a medal. The game was concocted by a physical education instructor in Massachusetts and dominated by the United States at the Olympics for most of the 20th century. The gold medal is headed overseas a third time, but more pertinent, this is the first instance in which the Americans fell short at the Olympics with professionals. Argentina led the United States by as many as 16 points and won their semifinal last night, 89-81.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2012
As an NBA assistant coach since retiring after a Hall of Fame career, Patrick Ewing might have a better seat than many of his contemporaries to compare this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team to the fabled Dream Team of 20 years ago. Ewing was one of 11 Hall of Famers on that team and played in the shadow of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and even Charles Barkley in Barcelona. But Ewing doesn't't think the current team led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant could compete for one simple reason.
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By Steven Petrella, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2012
When Angel McCoughtry steps on the floor of Basketball Arena in London later this month, she won't play in front of the largest crowd of her life. In her country's opening game against Croatia on July 28, the Baltimore native won't face the best competition she's ever seen. But to McCoughtry, the two weeks of basketball at this summer's Olympics will be the most important of her career thus far. "It's the best honor in the world and the best honor I've received in playing basketball," McCoughtry said.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
With just 26 days remaining before the United States men's basketball team tips off in London against France, the roster is finally starting to take shape. Chairman Jerry Colangelo told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports that nine players will be held over from previous Olympic and World Championship teams. Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams will all be guaranteed a spot on the 2012 Olympic roster.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
Jason Lezak , the anchor of the thrilling 400-freestyle relay in Beijing, claimed a spot on the Olympic men's 100-meter freestyle team after a top-six finish in the event Friday. The 36-year-old Lezak will be joined on the team by Nathan Adrian , Cullen Jones , Matt Grevers , Ricky Berens and Jimmy Feigen . "I was nervous. It's a big race for me. I trained four years for this. It's been real hard," Lezak said. "This 36-year-old body was run down. " Scott Weltz and Clark Burkle earned spots on the men's Olympic team for the 200-meter breaststroke, while Cammile Adams and Kathleen Hersey won Olympic berths in the women's 200-meter butterfly.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
Dana Vollmer got the first women's race, the 100-meter butterfly, off to a blazing start, setting a U.S. Open and trials record in the preliminaries with a 56.59-second finish. It lasted only until the semi-finals Monday night, when it was broken by a 56.42 finish by … Dana Vollmer . Elizabeth Beisel won the women's 400-meter individual medley with the 10th fastest ever time of 4 minutes 31.78 seconds. Katie Hoff , who formerly trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, still holds the world record of 4:31.12, which she set at the 2008 trials.
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Sports Digest | March 31, 2012
Loyola men's basketball Patsos wins Skip Prosser Award Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was named the 2012 recipient of the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award on Friday night at an awards banquet hosted by CollegeInsider.com at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. The award is named in honor and memory of Prosser, who was coach at Loyola, Xavier and Wake Forest before dying in July 2007. It recognizes coaches who achieve success on the basketball court and display moral integrity off it. Patsos recently completed his eighth season at Loyola, a year during which he guided the Greyhounds to a 24-9 overall record and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship for the first time since 1994.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2000
The brains of the U.S. women's soccer team has Maryland ties, a blue-collar past and a Ripkenesque fervor to win. Meet April Heinrichs, Olympic coach, who'll guide the women's squad today in a pre-Games game against Russia at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis (Ch. 2, 2 p.m.). Having coached five years at the University of Maryland and the last four at Virginia, Heinrichs won the Olympic post last winter. Publicly, she vowed to work overtime to take America over the top next month when it goes Down Under.
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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER | January 5, 2006
Nine-time U.S. figure skating champion Michelle Kwan will not be going for her 10th title next week. In a season marred by injuries, Kwan suffered another one just before Christmas and withdrew yesterday from the competition that will choose the U.S. Olympic team. Instead, she will petition the U.S. federation for one of the three spots at the Winter Games next month in Turin, Italy. "I'm very disappointed, but this is how it goes," she said during a teleconference yesterday. "I believe I will be 100 percent at the Olympics.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2012
Bridget K. Healy, a second-year George Mason University student who had also been a member of the Special Olympics team at the university, died Thursday of a pulmonary thromboembolism at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 24. "Bridget Healy was a wonderful young lady and one of the sweetest young adults I've ever had the pleasure of coaching during my 29 years as a Special Olympics coach," said Leo Alonso, who coaches in the Special Olympics program at George Mason in Fairfax, Va. "I coach 43 kids, and Bridget was a big part of our team.
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June 23, 2011
Swimmer Zachary Posten, of Laurel High, will compete with Team USA at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, June 25 to July 4. Zachary has competed in Special Olympics as a swimmer for four years, and competed at the county, regional and state swimming competitions for the first time in 2010. Athletes for the U.S. teams were chosen by a random drawing from among those who won gold medal during their sport's state finals. Maryland's delegation to the games includes 16 athletes and seven coaches and managers.
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