July 13, 1992 |
Last month, Kim Kelly stood onstage at the Baltimore Arena, clutching a bouquet of flowers, one of six women qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. "This is like a dream come true," the 18-year-old Kelly said that day, taking her bows at the Olympic Trials. However, her dream was shattered last week when Kelly was dropped from the U.S. women's team following a one-day evaluation camp in Orlando, Fla. Kelly, who lives in King of Prussia, claims the deck was stacked against her by head women's coach Bela Karolyi and the rules makers of the United States Gymnastics Federation.
September 8, 2007 |
Shawn Johnson became the fourth American woman to win the all-around title in the world gymnastics championships, taking the crown yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany. The 15-year-old from Iowa finished with 61.875 points, a comfortable 1.25 ahead of Romania's Steliana Nistor. Jade Barbosa of Brazil and last year's champion, Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, tied for third. Nastia Liukin, who passed on her title as U.S. champion to Johnson last month, was fifth after falling off the beam.
June 11, 1990 |
The International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class yesterday with the help of Muhammad Ali and a number of other living legends of the sport. Over 600 people assembled in Canastota, N.Y. to witness the induction of 53 charter members in four categories, including Ali, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Sugar Ray Robinson. In addition to plaques, each inductee will be immortalized with a plaster casting of his fist. The inductees were selected by a panel of 110 boxing historians and members of the Boxing Writers Association.
July 27, 1996 |
Bela Karolyi, perhaps weary of hearing that personal success and acclaim are more important to him than the welfare of his pupils, is hinting that elite gymnastics has seen the last of him. Karolyi, who defected with his wife from Romania in 1981, has sold his Houston gym and said he'll retire from coaching once 14-year-old Dominique Moceanu and her current teammates move on. But he stridently defends the methods that helped develop two generations...
July 21, 1996 |
The U.S. women's gymnastics team is deep and experienced, and it has a telegenic young phenom. Three 1992 Olympians - Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes and Kerri Strug - are returning for these Games. And Amanda Borden, 19, and Amy Chow, 18, are not new to international competition, even if they haven't been to the Olympics before. Chow has a release move on the uneven bars that is so distinctive it bears her name. The fabulous newcomer joining them and teammate Jaycie Phelps is 14-year-old Dominique Moceanu, a dervish on the 4-inch balance beam.
July 31, 1992 |
OK, let's take this by the official order of finish. Tatiana Goutsou, the gold medal winner in the women's all-around gymnastics, wasn't even supposed to be in the event. Only a sudden "injury" to one of her mates on the Unified Team put Goutsou into the all-around. Shannon Miller, the silver medal winner, did more in this event than any U.S. gymnast since Mary Lou Retton in 1984. But her coach, Steve Nunno, complained afterward that his tiny tumbler got squeezed by the judges on the vault.
July 17, 1992 |
Bela Karolyi, broad-shouldered and strong-legged, with a voice deep as Texas pride, with a bushy mustache and twinkly eyes, with a 50-acre ranch, with a wine cellar, with a Houston estate, is one of two things. Either he is a genius, a devilishly hard-working man who made his way up from personal poverty and away from a malevolent, iron-fisted government in Romania to freedom, to become the perfect capitalist who worked hard, was successful and reaped the benefits. Or he is a dictator who bullies tiny, little girls to starve themselves to boniness, to work themselves to tears and injuries, who discards teenagers like so many seashells, tossing away all but the one perfect one, then works behind the scenes to backstab, to make sure no one else is successful.
July 12, 1992 |
Mike Jacki, president of the United States Gymnastics Federation, said that he and all the coaches are "thrilled" with the seven-woman U.S. Olympic team that was formally introduced yesterday. Jacki defended the exclusion of Kim Kelly, the 18-year-old King of Prussia gymnast who thought she had made the team after finishing sixth at the Olympic trials in Baltimore last month, by saying the coaches who picked the final team "picked the girls they thought would have the best chance of doing well in Barcelona.
June 15, 1992 |
This is Dominique Dawes' specialty: an 11-trick tumbling pass that crosses the mat twice, finishes with a double flip in the tuck position and almost always results in a goose bump-raising standing ovation. Dawes, a sparkly-eyed 15-year-old gymnast from Silver Spring, Md., earned that standing ovation Saturday after she completed that extraordinary combination of twists and tumbles twice across the mat, in her final performance of the two-day women's 1992 United States Olympic gymnastics trials at the Baltimore Arena.
August 23, 1992 |
After she won five Olympic gymnastics medals, hired an agent, received a car, led a home-town parade viewed by 15,000, ate hot dogs and ice-cream sandwiches inside the White House and appeared on TV's Regis and Kathie Lee, you would think that 15-year-old Shannon Miller would be overwhelmed. You would be wrong. On the whole, said the most famous teenager in Edmond, Okla., the summer has been, well, "neat. " "I'm proud of everything I've done," she says. And why not?