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  After Finals, LDS Gymnast Dantzscher Lashes Out at Karolyi
After the US women's gymnastic team finished out of the medals on Tuesday at the Sydney Olympic Games, team member Jamie Dantzscher, an LDS Church member, was one of several athletes that lashed out at US national team coordinator Bela Karolyi, criticizing his involvement in the team.

 Sep 19: Dantzscher's Competition Ends with US Team 4th, Other US Teams Lose
The Mormon athletes competing yesterday were all on losing teams, as the four US teams involved all either lost games or ended out of the medal competition. In softball, the US team lost in the 11th inning (4 innings after regulation) when Japan scored two runs and the US was only able to answer with a single run.

 Sep 20: Savickas Finishes Without Making Finals, US Softball Loses Again in Extra Innings
The US Softball team lost its second straight game in extra innings, to China 2-0 in the 14th inning, putting it firmly behind Japan in the standing. In what must have been an exceptional game, the US only gave up two hits, while China gave up just three. LDS team member Laura Berg, who plays center field, had 0 hits in 6 at bats.

 Sep 21: Berg & US Softball Team Drop Surprising 3rd Game; Track & Field Begins Today
The US Softball team lost a surprising third straight game in extra innings, this time to Australia 2-1 in the 13th inning, and despite an exceptional pitching performance from starter Lisa Fernandez, who pitched all 13 innings, striking-out an olympic record 25 batters and allowing only 2 hits. But one of those hits was a home run, in the bottom of 13th giving Australia the win without a chance for a US response. Center Fielder Laura Berg, the LDS member of the team, went 0 for 6, striking out once.

 Sep 22: First LDS Medalist Will Finish Today, US Softball in Must Win Game
Courtney Johnson will become the first LDS medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics today when the US Women's Water Polo team plays Australia for the gold medal at 8:00 pm (5 am EDT in the US). Even if the US loses, Johnson will still receive a silver medal. The US beat the Netherlands yesterday to make the gold medal game.

 Sep 23: Johnson & US Water Polo Team Win Silver; Two New Mormon Olympians
Courtney Johnson became the first LDS medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics when the US Women's Water Polo team lost to Australia in the gold medal game, leaving the team with a silver medal. Meanwhile, the US Softball team, including LDS player Laura Berg, managed to stay in the medal contention by beating Italy 6-0. They must beat China Monday to manage to get a medal at all.

  LDS Teen Follows Father in Track & Field
Jacob Gustafsson, son of former Olympic silver medalist Bo Gustafsson, moved to Mission Viejo four years ago with his mother after his parents divorce. His mother desired to live in a community where they could follow their Mormon faith. "We felt like we were meant to move here," Gustafsson said. "You know when you're religious, you might feel like a spirit is telling you to go somewhere? My mother felt like she needed to move here."

  Olympic Dream Comes True
"When I came here, I had a dream of seeing somebody that I had coached march into the Olympic Stadium. It has been a long time," said Ferron Sonderegger who began coaching track and field at Ricks College in 1987. As he sat with his family watching the opening ceremonies in Sydney, Australia, his dream came true.

  Harvey was named Golf World's Collegiate Player of the week
BYU senior Billy Harvey was named Golf World's Collegiate Player of the week in the September 22 issue. Harvey earned this award after securing his first collegiate win last week at the Tucker Intercollegiate at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque. Harvey's birdies on two of the last four holes also helped BYU beat out seventh-ranked UNLV for the team title. Four days earlier, he placed second at the Nike Northwest Classic in Corvallis, Ore.

  BYU vs. UNLV Game Notes
After dropping its home-opener against Mississippi State on Thursday, BYU (1-3) welcomes UNLV (1-1) to Provo for the 200th game in Cougar Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23 in BYU's first home MWC game of the season. After two non-conference games, Saturday's contest will mark the first league game for the Rebels.

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