The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on August 4, 1984 · Page 36
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The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee · Page 36

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Saturday, August 4, 1984
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20C THE TENNESSEAN Saturday August 4. 19B4 Canada's Victor Davis Worki ncj on His Vry Worpcid'. Image LOS ANGELES (AP) Carta- fans and posed for pictures. ; da's world class swimmer Victor , ; He wasn't running for office, just Davis sailed Frisbees into the working on his image, crowd, gave his mother flowers . Davis said after his record-and kisses, slapped hands with smashing 200-meter breaststroke n y i triumph in the Olympics Thursday that his image "is warped. I'm trying to work on it." ; ; . 'In 1982, he cursed and threw a chair in full hearing range and view of the Queen of England at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia, after Canada was disqualified in a relay event. ' ; The result: Instant bad boy image -.j. "I've had a bad press," said Dav-is; a 20-year-old from Waterloo, Canada. "It was hard at first to lhandle but I believe I'm becoming more mature." ' ; i i Davis Is one of the superstars of, the XXIIIrd Olympiad because he won a gold medal in world record time of 2:13.34. . 1 : And he wants to make sure it's a decade before anybody breaks his magnificent mark. , , ' ?"I have a possible 2:10.0 in my blood" he said. "I'd like to get it down to a place like David Wilkie ot Great Britain did. His record wasn't broken for six years." Davis, who, earned a silver medal , in ' the 1 00-meter breaststroke earlier this week, has a feisty demeanor and needed it in the summer of 1983. He came down with mononucleosis and the illness knocked him out of training as his weight dropped from 185 to 170. Next, he suffered from a swollen spleen that kept him out of training.:. . This spring he was bothered by a sciatic nerve condition. . However, Davis recovered in June to lower his world record to .2:14.58.; "I didn't think I was going to make it to the Olympics," Davis said. "' ,v .; .-' ' He recovered but then began to be bothered by the pressure of . gold medal expectations. ! . "For the first time in my career I felt the pressure," he said. "I had to live up to my name. I feel like I did." Now Davis is trying to live down His biggest weapon is a keen his name as a sorehead. sense of humor. 5 . ' APLaserphoto Ecatenna Szabo of Romania executes a routine on the balance , beam for a perfect 1 0 in the first rotation of the Olympics individo al all-round finals. J - ' Bangladesh Olympian Is First From Country LOS ANGELES (AP) Saidur Rahman Dawn didn't win his race yesterday, but he will go down in history anyway as the first Olympic athlete from Bangladesh. ... ' "Obviously, this is very important for our . country and me also," the sprinter had said Wednesday. "I never before join in such type of Olym-' pics. It is very much an honor to me and to my country." ' Dawn, 21, ran the 100 meters in 11.25 seconds yesterday, slowest of the eight in his heat, and was eliminated from the competition at the Coliseum. " But in the earlier interview at the Bistro de Baron, an eating spot at the University of Southern California Olympic Village, Dawn indicated he'll have plenty of memories to treasure, including leading his country's four-man delegation into the opening ceremonies, y "That day I feel very fine and nice," Dawn recalled. "When Bangladesh is entering the arena the people were encouraging us 'Bangladesh, oh, Bangladesh.'" Dawn was the only athlete from Bangladesh, one of 21 nations most of them Third World countries that were able to send athletes to the Games for the first time through the International Olympic Committee's new "Solidarity Program"" to help those "who have the greatest needs." Using funds from its one-third share of Olympic television revenues, the IOC gave each participating nation $5,750 for equipment and funds to fly and house up to four athletes and two non-competing delegates. - : " Largely as a result of the program, a record 140 delegations marched in the opening ceremonies: ,': Bangladesh, founded 12 years ago in what used to be East Pakistan, is considered one of the world's poorest nations and might not have been able to send Dawn, his manager and two delegates without the program. Dawn's manager, history teacher Abdur Rahman Mohammed, and one of the delegates said Dawn was picked to represent his country because "he is the fastest man in Bangladesh." Mohammed added that winning was not of paramount importance to the delegation. v '' : "This is a token participation," he said. "We will be trying to send more athletes the next time. . "We had to decide at some point which year to take a team to the Olympics, and at last we decided this year because we wanted to have that experience, and to learn something about the Olympics, and to experience other views and different cultures. Leading Olympic Sing-Along Brought Fame to Checker . LOS ANGELES (AP) Supermarket checker Vicki McClure says being a Grammy nominee has "not really" paid off yet, but since she led a swaying sing-along during last week's Olympic opening ceremonies, her phone has been going crazy. The Van : Nuys-born Miss McClure, 30, is lead singer for the Los Angeles Jazz Choir, which was nominated for a Grammy this year in vocal jazz but which lost out to the Manhattan Transfer. It was her clear voice that sang the lilting "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand" on Saturday at the Coliseum to which some 100,000 athletes and spectators swayed back and forth and sang along at the end of the Olympic opening ceremonies. So how come she works as a supermarket checker? Surely a Grammy nominee makes lots of money. "Not really," she said yesterday. "It's a very minimal amounL.. People think, the Jazz Choir, you must be really making it, but we're not We're barely paying for gas." As for her five years of checking at the Canoga Park Hughes Mar- - ket, she says: "I like the job, be cause it makes my schedule flexi ble. Checking groceries is always part-time work. It enables me to pursue musical work." v : ". . "We all work at our little jobs and do this for fun," she said of the choir: The "little jobs," she'said, in clude "secretary work, doctor s of fices, just real normal jobs, you know. .-:. ,; As in "42 Street," Vicki McClure was something of a stand-in turned star Saturday. She says Olympic organizers had wanted Diana Ross or Leontyne Pryce. They chose her instead, she believes, because they felt an unknown might be more in keeping with the Olympic spirit Since Saturday, she's come , to the conclusion she may not remain unknown for long. Her phone has been ringing off the hook. "CBS is coming out to film us to morrow," she said. Yet, she said, no major record companies have called either for her or for the Jazz Choir. . The choir's Grammy-nominated album. "Listen," was recorded by Mobile Fidelity records, an inde pendent label that is helping the choir with a second album now. Good Selection of 1984 JEEP TRUCKS THE WORK AND RECREATION TRUCK YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! Why Drive A Truck When You Can Drive A Jeep?,. We Are the South's Jeep Deder-Since 1964 Your Four Wheel Drive Headquarters Nash. Ph. 244-9016 ' 206 L COtUW SmgT.BCKSOH "I 448-5141 m Plows through snow! Clings to wet roads! Saves fuel! Delivers up to 60,000 miles! (Depending on how you drive.) Crisp, sharp steering control! Precise, nimble handling! 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