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Al Joyner, the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the men's triple jump who has 16 years coaching experience, joined the UCLA track and field staff on Aug. 18, 2000. Joyner coaches the Bruin women's jumps and also assists UCLA head coaches Jeanette Bolden (women) and Art Venegas (men) with administrative duties for both programs.
One of television's most respected journalists, Al Michaels has covered more major sports events since he joined ABC Sports in 1976 than any sportscaster. He has been widely acclaimed for his knowledgeable and insightful reporting in his primary assignment for ABC Sports since 1986 ," play-by-play announcer for ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful sports series in television history.
The only skier in the world (except maybe Picabo Street) to achieve rock-star fame and adoration, Alberto Tomba is among the biggest phenomenons to hit skiing in recent years. A common joke is Tomba's lack of discipline in training ," inability to refuse his mother's pasta dinners and flirting with fans instead of running practice gates ," all laughing ceases when Tomba takes flight on the course
In one of the greatest Olympic performances by an American woman, Amy Van Dyken won four gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Van Dyken, whose victories came in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4x100 free relay and 4x100 medley relay, is the only American woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympics.
Bela Karolyi, 2000 USA Gymnastics Women's National Team Coordinator, was born in Cluj, Romania. Bela Karolyi has become the most successful coach in the history of gymnastics. During his thirty-year career, Bela Karolyi has produced 28 Olympians, nine Olympic Champions, 15 World Champions, 12 European medallists and 6 U.S. National Champions
Blaine Wilson is the first man to win five consecutive national titles. He comes from a sports-minded family and is named after baseball great Rod Carew and former Dallas Cowboys guard Blaine Nye.
His family, including older sister Kyla, younger sister Genesis and younger brother Chelone, lived on 500 acres (2 km's) of land in the forest, where his parents celebrated the Solstices, in a log cabin without electricity or indoor plumbing.
Speed skater Bonnie Blair exemplifies success under pressure - the measure of a true champion. There are numerous winners in the world of sports, but the celebrated athletes are the few who meet the challenge of pressure time after time - such as speed skater Bonnie Blair.
Winner of the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in Figure Skating; Inducted into the World and US Figure Skating Halls of Fame as well as the USOC Hall of Fame; Host of "What Would Bryan Make?" on Food Network
Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist; Member, National Soccer Hall of Fame; Retired Captain, US National Soccer Team; Two-time World Cup Champion; "Soccer Mom"
Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been partners on the ice since they were paired up in 1997 and are the longest running ice dance partnership in the US.
Chris Klug captured the bronze medal in the Giant Slalom event at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Chris is the first-ever American to compete in the Olympics with an organ transplant.
Courtney Kupets was born on July 27, 1986 in Bedford, Texas. Courtney started gymnastics in 1989, after her sister, Ashley, had started the sport. Both Ashley and Courtney are currently Senior International Elite gymnasts at Hill's Angels in Maryland.
Member of the 2008 U.S. Men's 4x100m Olympic Gold Medalist relay team at the Beijing Olympics; Gold Medalist in the 4x100m free relay and Silver medalist in the 50m freestyle at the 2007 World Championships
Dan Gable, the 2000 USA Olympic wrestling coach, enters his fifth season as the color analyst on Iowa Public Television's College Wrestling Series. Gable won the National Wrestling Media Association's "Broadcaster of the Year" award his first year on the air.
1994 Olympic gold medallist Dan Jansen is a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance. He first captured attention during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Hearts went out to him when the world learned that his sister, whose last words were ones urging him to victory, had died mere hours before his first race.
The Decathlon Champion is one athlete that captivates the world's imagination. As the embodiment of diversity, perseverance and commitment, the decathlete is not only a symbol of his sport but also humanity. The event's icons of the past, Bill Toomey, Rafer Johnson and Bruce Jenner, all fulfilled the demands their stardom created. Dan O'Brien is clearly the next legacy of the American Decathlon.
Two-time Olympian Dave Johnson won the decathlon bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games while competing on a broken foot. USA Today tabbed Dave as the "world's best known bronze medalist."
In 1964, Donna deVarona won two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics. During her swimming career, she held 18 world records and 33 national records in all strokes and was named the most outstanding female athlete in the world by Associated Press and United Press International. Featured as the cover girl for magazines such as Life, Time, The Saturday Evening Post and twice for Sports Illustrated, Donna is recognized as the Queen of Swimming of her era.
Every four years the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, but only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture our imaginations. Such was the case when nineteen year old figure skater Dorothy Hamill won her Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Eric Arthur Heiden (born June 15, 1958) is an American speed skater who won an unprecedented five gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, United States.
Lysacek is the 2009 World champion, 2009 Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time World bronze medalist (2005-06), a two-time U.S. champion (2007-08) and a two-time Four Continents champion (2005, 2007) .
Eythor Bender is the CEO of Berkeley Bionics, which augments humans with wearable, powered and artificially intelligent devices called exoskeletons or "wearable robots."
Frank Shorter was the 1972 Olympic gold medalist and 1976 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon and the first chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
2-time Olympic 100m champion (92, 96); 3-time World 100H champion (93, 95, 99); 1993 World 100m champion; 3-time World Indoor 60m champion (93, 97, 04); 2003 World Indoor 60H champion; 10-time U.S. 100mH champ (91, 92, 95, 96, 99, 00, 2001-04); 1996 Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist
Greg Louganis is more than just an Olympic Champion - he stands out as an exceptional human being who has led an extraordinary life. He exhibited sheer grace and a winning style as the world's greatest diver, but beyond the professional accolades, Greg Louganis was battling a number of personal difficulties.
American teen sensation Hannah Teter is making her Olympic debut In 2006, Teter made her Olympic debut as a 19-year-old and came to the Torino Games with considerable credentials, having won the 2004 X Games title and bronze at the 2005 World Championships.
When Cleveland honored the great Jesse Owens with a parade upon his return from the 1936 Olympics, the thirteen-year-old Dillard was one of the spectators. He later met Owens, who presented him with his first pair of running shoes.
Holly McPeak has been playing pro beach volleyball since 1987 and full time since 1992. She has 72 career titles, the most of any women in pro beach volleyball history, and along with her partner, Elaine Youngs, won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Ian Thorpe nicknamed the Thorpedo and Thorpey, is an Australian swimmer who specialises in freestyle, but also competes in backstroke and the individual medley.
Very few athletes have the opportunity to reinvent their sport. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one such athlete. She has amassed 20 records in the heptathlon and has won three Olympic gold medals. Off the track, she is a business executive who runs her own sports-marketing firm and heads the JJK Community Foundation, an organization that sponsors programs for disadvantaged youth.
2007 Davis Cup Winner and Member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team; Author of the NY Times best-seller "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life"
Unusually slender for a swimmer at 5-foot-5 and only 102 pounds, Evans dominated the 1987 U. S. championships by winning four events, the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle and the 400-meter individual medley. She was the first woman to break the 16-minute barrier for 1,500 meters.
On February 20, 2002 Jim Shea, Jr. (Jimmy) became the first American to win the gold medal in Men's Skeleton, and the Sheas became the first family ever with three generations of Winter Olympians, all in different sports.
Training from the age of 7, Orozco's talents were finally recognized when he clinched a spot on the U.S. Men's Gymnastics team, and performed at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Jonny won the gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in the freestyle mogul event. He revolutionized skiing by bringing a non-traditional, "extreme" style to the event and became world famous for his "360 mute grab". He came home a national hero, and has been competing in other events and enjoying his celebrity status since then.