Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 17, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
Dawes, Miller Make Squad
National Champion Dominique Dawes was the head of the class of
six gymnasts that qualified for the 1994 World Championship team
this weekend. 1992 Olympian Shannon Miller was given a medical
exemption from the trials, but her score from the national
championships was used for her qualifying score. Joining Dawes
and Miller are Kerri Strug, Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Jaycie
Phelps and Larissa Fontaine. Kara Fry will be the alternate. The
team will compete at the 1994 World Championships next month in
Dortmund, Germany. Story ran on AP wire, Oct. 17. Full release
can be accessed on USOC's EBB or for more information contact
Luan Peszek at USA Gymnastics, (317) 237-5050.
Top-Ranked Runner Breaks Record
South Africa's Elana Meyer, USA Track and Field's top-ranked
runner in World Running rankings, set a new world record in the
Harvard Health Downtown 5K. She ran the race in 15 minutes, 10
seconds, just eclipsing the mark of 15:11 set by Scotland's Liz
McColgan in 1991. McColgan has her sights set on the 1996 Olympic
Games in Atlanta after she almost retired due to recurring knee
and toe injuries. Stories ran separately on AP wire and UPI, Oct.
17 and 14, respectively.
Scott Places Second
Dave Scott of Boulder, Colo., finished second at the Ironman
Triathlon World Championships this past Saturday. Scott finished
four minutes behind Australia's Greg Welch, who won the event in
8 hours, 20 minutes, 27 seconds. Story and top 10 finishers
appeared on AP wire, Oct. 16.
U.S. Prepares for Worlds
The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated Germany 3-1 (6-15, 15-
7, 15-12, 15-13) to take the three-match exhibition series 2-1.
The teams are preparing for this month's World Championships in
Brazil. Short brief appeared in USA Today, Oct. 17.
Asian Games: "Drug-Free"
Medical officials declared the Asian Games drug-free after the
games were given an almost perfectly clean bill of health. There
was only one big drug incident during the Games: China's woman
discus champion tested positive for anabolic steroids, but did
not make the trip to Hiroshima and was immediately dropped from
the team. Reuter's ran the story, Oct. 16.
Mike King has been selected as the 1996 Olympic Team Coach, with
Lloyd Brown as the assistant and Teresa Brothers was selected as
the team leader. King was also selected as the head coach for the
1995 Pan American Games and 1995 World Championships. Sheri
Rhodes was named as the head coach for the 1995 World Indoor
Championships. All selections are pending approval by the USOC.
Full release can be accessed on USOC's EBB or for further
information contact Colleen Walker Mar at NAA, (719) 578-4576.
Snowboard World Cup Team Finalized
Mike Jacoby heads the 10-member U.S. Snowboard team which will
compete this winter on the first FIS World Cup schedule. Five men
and five women have been named to the team. The FIS Grundig
Snowboard World Cup will make its debut this winter, starting
Nov. 25-27 in Kaprun, Austria. Full release and roster can be
accessed on USOC's EBB or for further information contact Tom
Kelly at U.S. Skiing, (801) 649-9090.
"Transitional Season" Approved
U.S. Snowboarding officials announced the establishment of a
"transitional season" which would enable international snowboard
competitors to ride in both International Ski Federation World
Cup events and International Snowboard Federation events without
losing their eligibility for the Winter Olympic Games. Full
release can be found on USOC's EBB or for further information
contact Tom Kelly at U.S. Skiing, (801) 649-9090.