| Jan 3, 2009
Roy Saari, a USC swimmer whose unusual kicking style propelled him to swim the first sub-17-minute 1,500-meter freestyle race and later win a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics, has died. He was 63.
Saari collapsed and died Tuesday of congestive heart...
| Aug 10, 2008
Australian aboriginal leaf motifs, French berets, Gatsby-esque American blue blazers -- it was the biggest runway show on Earth on Friday in Beijing, when the opening ceremony of the Summer Games became a catwalk for native finery.
Unlike the runway...
| Aug 22, 2008
Sergio Jimenez splashed around the edge of Commerce's Aquatorium pool proclaiming the news to anyone willing to listen.
"Brenda and Patty won 9 to 8," the 7-year-old said after the U.S. women's water polo team defeated Australia at the Olympic Games...
| May 27, 2008
With its backyard pools and beach culture, Southern California is known as a competitive swimming incubator where most high schools have aquatic programs, powerhouse clubs abound and Olympic medal winners are reared.
But not in Santa Ana. Though the city...
| Jun 29, 2008
Giovanni Lanaro was born in Los Angeles, grew up in La Puente, attended Cal State Fullerton, and coaches and trains at Mt. San Antonio College. Yet, when the torch is lighted during opening ceremonies this summer at the Beijing Olympics, the world's...
| Jul 27, 2008
THE POP culture petri dish of the Olympic Games has made must-haves out of David Hockney posters (Munich, 1972), plush baby snow owls (Nagano, 1998), blue berets (Salt Lake City, 2002), even wedge haircuts (Innsbruck, 1976). And with the 2008 Summer Games...
| Oct 25, 2009
John L. Hallett III was an inveterate organizer who, according to his wife, Lisa, "always left the house with pen and paper, ready to make a list."
As a high school senior, he put a stiff challenge at the top of his to-dos: Get into the U.S. Military...
| Jun 19, 2009
Dusty Rhodes, a light-hitting, hard-drinking outfielder who was at his best on baseball's biggest stage, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Wednesday at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 82.
Rhodes, whose left-handed swing was tailor-made for the short right-...