News from USOC

News from USOC

Post by Ray Osborn » Tue, 25 Oct 1994 13:27:07


Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 17, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
division.)

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.

Archery
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.

 
 
 

News from USOC

Post by Ray Osborn » Tue, 25 Oct 1994 13:28:32

Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 18, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
division.)

Reebok to Sponsor NBC
Reebok International announced it will be an official sponsor of
NBC's broadcast of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Reebok will
be the exclusive footwear sponsor of the telecast. Story ran on
Reuter's, Oct. 17.

Kerrigan Looking for Attention
1994 Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan re-emerged from the
shadows during a CBS news conference to announce "Ice Wars: The
USA vs. The World." Kerrigan has toured with a Disney-sponsored
ice show, made an exercise video that will be released next month
and is currently writing a children's book. Other skaters
included in "Ice Wars" will be Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano,
Oskana Baiul and Katarina Witt of Germany. AP ran the story on
Oct. 18.

Blair, Fernandez Named Sportswomen of the Year
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair and UCLA softball
star Lisa Fernandez accepted the Sudafed Sportswomen of the Year
awards last night. Blair is currently training for the 1995 World
Championships and the 1994-95 World Cup series. Fernandez is
preparing for December's Pan Am qualifiers and is looking ahead
to making the 1996 Olympic team, where softball will be a medal
sport for the first time. Story ran in USA Today, Oct. 18.

Boxing Trials Announced
Oakland, Calif., has been named as the site for the 1996 Olympic
Boxing Trials, April 2-7, 1996, and Augusta, Ga., was picked for
the 1996 Olympic Box-offs, April 19-21, 1996. NBC will televise
both events. USA Today ran the story on Oct. 18. Full release can
be accessed on USOC's EBB system or for further information
contact Kurt Stenerson at USA Boxing, Inc., (719) 578-4506.

Canoe-Kayak
The U.S. Canoe and Kayak team announced that Steve Sotir has been
hired as the director of program services. Transaction appeared
in USA Today, Oct. 18.

 
 
 

News from USOC

Post by Ray Osborn » Tue, 25 Oct 1994 13:29:52

Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 20, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
division.)

Former Resident Gymnast Dies
Dan Zimpfer, who was a resident gymnast at the Olympic Training
Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., apparently died of hypothermia
and exposure after he and a friend were caught hiking in a winter
storm that dropped some three feet of snow about 25 miles
northwest of Buena Vista. Zimpfer, who would have turned 26
Friday, had graduated from the University of Minnesota and was
looking towards making the 1992 Olympic team when he came to the
OTC to rehab a torn rotator cuff injury that he sustained as a
Badger. He then reinjured his rotator cuff on a ring exercise
just two months before nationals. That injury cost him his chance
at the Olympics Games. His hiking companion has not been found
yet. Story appeared in today's Gazette Telegraph.

USA Loses in Final Seconds
Saudi Arabia's Fahad Al Khosayan scored from 35 yards out in the
final seconds to defeat the United States 2-1 in an exhibition
soccer game. Frank Klopas tallied the lone American goal. It was
the second loss for the U.S. since the 1994 World Cup. The U.S.
will travel to play Trinidad & Tobago, Nov. 19. Story ran on AP
wire, Oct. 19 and in today's USA Today.

Kerrigan Feud
Nancy Kerrigan's representatives are trying to keep her out of a
feud involving the French Skating Federation and the Lalique
Trophy event. Kerrigan has been invited but has made no
commitment. She is scheduled to begin her Christmas tour Nov. 23.
Story can be found in USA Today, Oct. 20, and AP wire, Oct. 19.

Rothenberg to Get $$
Alan Rothenberg, chairman of the U.S. World Cup organizers, will
get $7 million for his work. In addition to $3 million in back
pay, he will receive $800,000 for each year through 1995. Story
appeared in USA Today and on AP wire, Oct. 20.

 
 
 

News from USOC

Post by Ray Osborn » Tue, 25 Oct 1994 13:31:24

Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 21, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
division.)

Moe Rejects Offer
1994 Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe rejected a $50,000 offer to
wear the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute logo on his headgear.
Moe reportedly asked for $100,000. Short brief in today's USA
Today.

USA Loses to Japan
Japan's men's volleyball team defeated the U.S. 3-0 (15-13, 15-9,
15-12) in the opening match of a three-match series in Fukuoka,
Japan. Short clip appeared in USA Today, Oct. 21.

1952 Olympian Named A.D.
Charles Moore, a gold medalist in the hurdles at the 1952 Olympic
Games, has been named as the Athletic Director at Cornell. Moore,
who never lost a 400-meter hurdle race in his career, replaces
Laing Kennedy, who resigned to take a similar position at Kent
St. Moore is the chairman of the audit committee for the USOC and
a member of the Board of Directors. Story moved on AP wire and
USA Today, Oct. 21.

Skate America Adds Bronze Medalist
1994 Olympic bronze medalist Philippe Candeloro of France has
been added to the men's field of the Sudafed Skate America, Oct.
27-30 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Candeloro joins two-time U.S. Champion
Todd Eldredge and 1994 World bronze medalist Viacheslav
Zagorodniuk. The women's field includes 1994 U.S. silver medalist
Michelle Kwan and 1994 World silver medalist Surya Bonaly. Story
ran on AP wire and in USA Today, Oct. 21.

Weightlifting Competitions this Weekend
The U.S. Weightlifting Federation will hold three concurrent
events this weekend at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff,
Ariz. The events are the National Collegiate Championships, the
Junior International Tournament and the first installment of the
1995 Pan American Games trials. Highlighting the competitions
will be 1992 Olympian Paul Fleschler, three-time Junior World
Team member Jasha Faye and 1993 Women's World Team members Ursula
Garza and Lea Rentmeester. Full release and results can be
accessed on USOC's EBB.

Early Test for 1995 America's Cup
Two yachting syndicates head into next week's world championships
as heavy underdogs. America3 and Nippon have money, talent and
fast boats but are still seeking respect. They are looking to get
at this early test for the 1995 America's Cup competition. The
International Amercia's Cup Class world championships take place
Oct. 25 through Nov. 5 just off the coast of San Diego. Full
story ran on Reuter's, Oct. 20.

 
 
 

News from USOC

Post by Ray Osborn » Tue, 25 Oct 1994 13:54:46

Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 17, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
division.)

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.

Archery
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.

 
 
 

News from USOC

Post by Ray Osborn » Tue, 25 Oct 1994 13:56:26

Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 18, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
division.)

Reebok to Sponsor NBC
Reebok International announced it will be an official sponsor of
NBC's broadcast of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Reebok will
be the exclusive footwear sponsor of the telecast. Story ran on
Reuter's, Oct. 17.

Kerrigan Looking for Attention
1994 Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan re-emerged from the
shadows during a CBS news conference to announce "Ice Wars: The
USA vs. The World." Kerrigan has toured with a Disney-sponsored
ice show, made an exercise video that will be released next month
and is currently writing a children's book. Other skaters
included in "Ice Wars" will be Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano,
Oskana Baiul and Katarina Witt of Germany. AP ran the story on
Oct. 18.

Blair, Fernandez Named Sportswomen of the Year
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair and UCLA softball
star Lisa Fernandez accepted the Sudafed Sportswomen of the Year
awards last night. Blair is currently training for the 1995 World
Championships and the 1994-95 World Cup series. Fernandez is
preparing for December's Pan Am qualifiers and is looking ahead
to making the 1996 Olympic team, where softball will be a medal
sport for the first time. Story ran in USA Today, Oct. 18.

Boxing Trials Announced
Oakland, Calif., has been named as the site for the 1996 Olympic
Boxing Trials, April 2-7, 1996, and Augusta, Ga., was picked for
the 1996 Olympic Box-offs, April 19-21, 1996. NBC will televise
both events. USA Today ran the story on Oct. 18. Full release can
be accessed on USOC's EBB system or for further information
contact Kurt Stenerson at USA Boxing, Inc., (719) 578-4506.

Canoe-Kayak
The U.S. Canoe and Kayak team announced that Steve Sotir has been
hired as the director of program services. Transaction appeared
in USA Today, Oct. 18.

 
 
 

News from USOC

Post by Ray Osborn » Tue, 25 Oct 1994 13:57:47

Daily Olympic News Briefs
October 19, 1994
(compiled by the USOC's Public Information/Media Relations
division.)

1st Nagano Sponsor
Eastman Kodak Co. signed as the first international sponsor of
the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. The company
outbid its rival Fuji Photo Film Co. on its home turf. Eastman
Kodak is also negotiating to be the official imaging sponsor of
the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Story ran on AP
wire, Oct. 18 and in today's USA Today.

Obituary
Ralph Hill, the uncomplaining runner-up in one of the most
controversial races in Olympic history, died Monday. Hill, who
was 85, finished in second place in the 5,000 meters at the 1932
Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Lauri Lehtinen from Finland won the
race but cut off Hill twice in the final 200 meters to prevent
him from passing. A protest was not filed, but an AP story at the
time said that a chief judge would have disqualified Lehtinen if
a protest would have been filed. Full story ran on AP wire, Oct.
18.

IOC Opposes Life Ban
International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch
said the IOC does not want life bans for athletes found guilty of
doping. Samaranch believes that limited bans can be more
effective. Different sports have different punishments for
offenders. Reuter's ran full story, Oct. 18 and also in USA
Today, Oct. 19.

World Cup
The 1994 Soccer World Cup will realize more than $60 million in
gross surplus. As of one year ago, officials believed that the
surplus would be around $20 million. About $40 million will be
transferred to the U.S. Soccer Federation to benefit soccer in
the U.S. Story ran on Reuter's, Oct. 18 and in Oct. 19, USA
Today.