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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | August 4, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- The real competition is on the beaches in the Olympic Village.Swiss men seem to be in vogue, but the Italians are close behind. Scandinavian women are popular.Barcelona's Olympic Village is like a huge outdoor party for the United Nations."I've been on the beach most of the afternoon," said Stuart Williams, 24, a cyclist from New Zealand. "I've been to other Olympic Villages, but they were concrete jungles."There are nearly 14,000 athletes and officials in the village, which also includes a discotheque, bowling lanes, video arcade and a free medical clinic, among other things.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
As concern grows over how Russia's anti-gay laws might affect the upcoming winter Olympics, NBC Sports executive Mark Lazarus told members of the press that the network will "address those issues as they are relevant at the time of the Games, as has always been done by NBC's coverage. " Given NBC's near-invisible coverage of China's human rights issues were in Beijing in 2008, don't consider me reassured. Especially since Lazarus later said that NBC would cover the Russian law if it is "impacting any part of the Olympic games," a scenario that seems unlikely unless Russian authorities head into the Olympic Village and start imprisoning LGBT athletes.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | December 10, 1997
Howard County park officials unveiled last night four plans for recreational facilities on part of a 300-acre tract of farmland off Route 175 near Columbia's Town Center.The plans include a soccer facility with dozens of fields; an Olympic village for the 2012 Games; a park with a 5,000- to 8,000-seat stadium, roller hockey areas and basketball courts; and a park with soccer fields, walking and bike trails, gardens and a playground with a farm theme.Jeffrey A. Bourne, county director of Recreation and Parks, unveiled the plans to a 12-member committee appointed by County Executive Charles I. Ecker to recommend a plan to develop the farm.
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February 19, 2013
Text of the letter: Dear Mayor: As you may know, the United States Olympic Committee is currently considering a bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As we explore this exciting possibility, we are actively seeking to gauge the interest of U.S. cities that may have the ability to host an event with the scope and scale of the Olympic Games. To that end, we are reaching out to cities that have previously expressed an interest in bidding as well as the cities in the largest 25 U.S. markets.
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December 18, 1997
GIVE JEFFREY BOURNE a medal for imagination, at least, for proposing a 75,000-seat coliseum ringed by an Olympic village on farmland that preservationists and policy-makers are striving to keep green. As director of Howard County's Department of Recreation and Parks, Mr. Bourne floated the idea of building a "Millennium Park" to serve the 2012 Summer Olympiad being sought by Baltimore and Washington.County Executive Charles I. Ecker didn't react well, to put it mildly. Not only did he instantly reject the idea of a major stadium on the Smith Farm in east Columbia, he canned Mr. Bourne.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN COLUMNIST | February 20, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- Maybe next time, the U.S. men's ice hockey professionals should just stay home.They've certainly done their best to ruin the first Olympic tournament to include National Hockey League players, an international breakthrough for the sport.After their elimination by the Czech Republic, the Americans capped off a week of questionable conduct and embarrassing play by trashing their quarters in the Olympic Village, U.S. Olympic Committee officials said.In 1980, ABC's Al Michaels shouted, "Do you believe in miracles?"
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June 20, 1996
Days until opening ceremonies: 29.Torch update: Nancy Schultz, the widow of slain Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, carried the Olympic torch yesterday morning as it left Independence Hall in Philadelphia.Update: Russia's top Olympic official complained about conditions for the Atlanta Games yesterday, citing everything from the heat to a lack of training schedules for swimming and yachting. "There is a big difference between promises of the organizers before the Olympics and real conditions," said Vitaly Smirnov, who said Russian athletes also were concerned about overcrowding at the Olympic Village and poor conditions at the cycling track.
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By Gary Davidson and Gary Davidson,Special to The Sun | July 2, 1994
WASHINGTON -- The University of Maryland and Fort Meade are two of the three locations being considered for Olympic Village sites for the 1996 Summer Games.The announcement was made yesterday by Billy Payne, President of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.Washington is one of four cities selected to host early-round matches in the men's and women's Olympic soccer tournaments July 20-25, 1996.American University in the District of Columbia is the other site in the Washington area being considered for an Olympic Village.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia -- Today's cinema schedule lists an 11 a.m. showing of "Alien," with subtitles in Hungarian. On one of the pool tables, a man from Moldavia is teaching a girl from Bangladesh how to break. A large Cuban flag hangs from a balcony near the main entrance. Complete with a view of the flame atop the 110,000-seat Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Village is where approximately 15,000 athletes and coaches from around the world have gotten their mail this month. The 24-hour dining hall can seat nearly 5,000.
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By Rob Kasper and Rob Kasper,SUN STAFF | July 7, 1996
The Olympics begin this month in Atlanta. Already the television screen has started showing amazing bodies performing extraordinary feats. As I watch, I find myself wondering, "What do those people eat?"The short answer seems to be they eat a lot, especially a lot of bananas. Outside Atlanta, in the community of College Park, mounds of bananas are being gathered for the Olympic athletes. One reason bananas, which are being stockpiled in a large climate-controlled room, are popular with athletes is because bananas contain potassium, which help prevents muscle cramps.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
The world-class ice dancer accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl surrendered himself to New York State Police and was released on $50,000 bond, according to his attorney. Genrikh Sretenski, 50, a Russian-born Olympic competitor who has trained Olympic skaters, appeared in New York Friday morning and was arraigned on sex abuse and related charges stemming from sexual abuse allegations from a July 2011 incident in Lake Placid. The indictment lists the victim at 16-years-old at the time of the alleged abuse.
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By Connor Letourneau and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Basketball Carmelo Anthony Age: 28 From: Baltimore Schedule: Group A: vs. France, July 29; vs. Tunisia, July 31; vs. Nigeria, Aug. 2; vs. Lithuania, Aug. 4; vs. Argentina, Aug. 6 Olympic experience: This is Anthony's third Olympics appearance. He was a bench player on the U.S. team that won bronze in 2004, and played a key role on the gold-medal winning squad in 2008. What to expect: Anthony should earn significant minutes in London. He'll likely score in bunches, and could play a critical role in the U.S.'s pursuit of a second-straight Olympic gold medal.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
Bonnie Branch Middle School eighth-graders Nick Kundrat and Matt Yagel point to a bar graph made for their school project examining security at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, which ended with 11 athletes killed. The graph illustrates the amount of money spent on security for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens ($600 million) with a large vertical rectangle. The amount of security spent on the Munich Games ($2 million) is represented with a hairline sliver. "You can barely see the line for the Munich Olympics," said Matt, 14, who along with Nick crafted the project, "The Munich Massacre: Revolution of the Games.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | February 2, 2012
What figures to be golf's most scrutinized new course could have its architect by the end of the week. The eight finalists for the 2016 Rio Olympics design project — a list that includes Jack Nicklaus , Greg Norman , Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player — wrapped up two days of presentations to organizers Wednesday in Brazil. From there, a selection committee will wrestle with the final choice. Rio 2016 will mark golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.
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By Philip Hersh, Tribune Newspapers | July 26, 2011
While the first official test event for the 2012 Olympics was taking place nearby, local sports fans Neal Weekes and Gordon Cunningham were talking about the Summer Games over a beer at the Mitre Hotel pub in Greenwich. "Greatest thing ever to happen to London," Weekes said. "Wouldn't any city in the world want to have the Olympic Games?" Weekes said he had applied for $14,000 worth of Olympic tickets. The controversial ticket lottery gave him $1,600 in seats for swimming, basketball and the men's soccer final.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | January 22, 2010
The minute Gordy Sheer heard recently that celebrity gossip site TMZ was launching a spinoff dedicated to the dirty laundry of sports, he sent a warning e-mail to USA Luge athletes. "TMZ is a game changer," said Sheer, a 1998 Olympic silver medalist and marketing manager for the team. "In today's world, everyone has a video camera or a camera phone making them, in essence, a journalist. Even the most innocent thing - someone cuts in front of you at a bar and picks a fight - can end up for the world to see."
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By JOHN EISENBERG | February 19, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- Tonya Harding, the legal pit bull of the U.S. Olympic Team, said thanks to God for answering her prayers and giving her the chance to compete in the Games of Lillehammer.Alberto Tomba, the famously nocturnal Italian skier, said that he had brought his own condoms from home.Tonya Harding said that she believed most of the people in the United States were cheering for her.Alberto Tomba said that he hoped the parties in the Olympic village would start getting better soon.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2004
NEW YORK -- The head of security for the U.S. Olympic team says athletes should not be afraid to wear the red, white and blue on the streets of Athens this summer. In the strongest statement of support for security preparations to date, Larry Buendorf and other U.S. Olympic officials said yesterday that athletes should feel free to leave their guarded compound and tour the city like other athletes and spectators. Their comments came at a briefing for reporters just 91 days before the start of the Summer Games.
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By Candus Thomson and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 22, 2010
The minute Gordy Sheer heard recently that celebrity gossip site TMZ was launching a spinoff dedicated to the dirty laundry of sports, he sent a warning e-mail to USA Luge athletes. "TMZ is a game changer," said Sheer, a 1998 Olympic silver medalist and marketing manager for the team. "In today's world, everyone has a video camera or a camera phone making them, in essence, a journalist. Even the most innocent thing - someone cuts in front of you at a bar and picks a fight - can end up for the world to see."
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By Tarik El-Bashir and Tarik El-Bashir,The Washington Post | December 26, 2009
WASHINGTON - -Everywhere Mike Green looked during the Washington Capitals' recent three-day visit to Vancouver, the high-scoring defenseman was reminded of the question that has consumed him since summer: Will he, or won't he, make Team Canada's final cut? The four Olympic rings and the words "Vancouver 2010" adorned everything from billboards to taxicabs. Every other story on sports television, it seemed, focused on the approaching Games. Each morning after practice, a gaggle of reporters gathered around Green's locker room stall at GM Place to capture his thoughts on the matter.
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