The Michigan Daily -Thursday, September 15, 1988-Page 13
(AP) - For 17 athletes competing for the
United States in this month's 1988 Summer
Olympics, the road to Seoul, South Korea has
led from or taken a turn through Michigan.
The 11 men and six women native to or
living in Michigan will compete in events as
familiar as baseball and basketball and as obscure
as kayaking and tae kwon do.
"Some of the people I went to school with
probably don't even know I'm doing this," said
Greg Barton, 28, who grew up in Homer in
Calhoun County and won a bronze medal in one-
man, 1000-meter kayaking in the 1984 games.
"I haven't really had the time to sit back and
think much about what has happened to me,"
said former Michigan pitcher, Jim Abbott, a
member of the U.S baseball team.
"But it is funny - you think of doing
something like this when you're growing up in
your little hometown or pitching at a place like
U-M. But when it really happens, the pride you
feel is unreal," he said. "There's nothing more
ideal than pitching for -your country in the
Here are the brief profiles of some U.S
olympic athletes with Michigan connections who
will participate in Seoul:
JIM ABBOTT, Baseball - The 20-year-old
pitcher from Flint made a name for himself long
before joining the Olympic team and compiling a
5-1 exhibition record this summer.
Born without a right hand, Abbott compiled a
26-8 record at Michigan and this year won the
Sullivan Award, given to the nation's top
amateur athlete, and the Golden Spikes Award,
honoring the best amateur baseball player.
Abbott, the California Angel's No.1 draft
choice in June, earned an Olympic berth
following strong performances at the 1987 Pan
FRANK ANDREAU, Cycling - The 21-
year-old Dearborn native will compete in the
points race. He won the national championship
in that event and in team pursuit in 1986.
MIKE BARROWMAN, Swimming -
The 19-year-old Michigan sophomore from
Rockville, Md., will compete in the 200-meter
breaststroke. His technique, using arms more
than legs, has drawn widespread interest in
Barrowman was second in the 200-meter
breaststroke in the 1987 Pan American Games
and set a world record in that event at this year's
MICHELLE BERUBE, Rythmic Gym-
nastics - The 22-year-old Chicago resident grew
up in Rochester and attended Oakland University.
She finished 14th in the 1984 Games at Los
Berube retired in 1987, then decided she
wanted another shot at the Olympics. On the
final day of the Olympic trials, she tied for first
place with her training partner, Diane Simpson
- the event's only two U.S members.
BRIAN DIEMER, Steeplechase - The 26-
year-old Grand Rapids native, a landscape
designer, won the bronze medal at the 1984
Games in steeplechase, a 3,000-meter run that
includes four barriers and a water hazard on each
The 1983 Michigan graduate placed third in
this year's Olympic trials, finishing behind Brian
Abshire and the 1984 gold medalist, Henry
ANTHONY HEMBRICK, Boxing - The
22-year-old Detroit native graduated from Hazel
Park High School and now is with the U.S.
Army in Fort Bragg, N.C. He defeated three
rivals, including world champion Darwin Alle
to win the middleweight (165-pound) berth e
the Olympic team.
Hembrick, also the Army boxing champion,
has been boxing for 11 years. He earned the
nickname "Hollywood" by sporting a gold satin
warmup robe and stuffing American flags in his
socks when he fights. . ;
DAN MAJERLE, Basketball - Rivaling
Abbott as Michigan's best known Olympian, the
22-year old Traverse City native and former
Central Michigan standout will join the NBA's
Phoenix Suns after competing in Seoul.
Majerle averaged 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds
per game with the Chippewas and was named to
the Mid-American Conference's All-Academic
team in 1988. He wasn't afraid to scuffle with
NBA players during a summer exhibition tour.
Former Central Michigan forward Dan Majerle, shown here
battling Michigan's Glen Rice, will compete in Seoul as a
member of the U.S Olympic basketball team.
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"We are not even playing the type
of ball that we individuals on the
team want to play," said Manning.
'I know we can play better than
Some individuals are beginning to
show particular talents. Former
Central Michigan star Dan Majerle is
the scrappy, hustling type that
Thompson likes so much. He and
Manning are the soul of-this team.
They are the players others look to
when the team needs a boost.
The team is weakest at point
guard, where Thompson rotates
Charles D. Smith, who plays for
Georgetown and Vernell "Bimbo"
Coles from Virginia Tech. Smith can
be considered the brains of the team.
Nobody knows how to play the
Thompson system better than Smith.
Coles is the better athlete of the two,
and is more of a scoring threat.
: NEITHER GUARD is much of
i long-range shooter, but Thompson
has Hersey Hawkins, Mitch
Richmond, and possibly Jeff Grayer,
to hit the outside shots. Stacy
Augmon and Willie Anderson play
both guard positions and are
speciality players who add solid
North Carolina's J.R. Reid and
Pittsburgh's Smith need to be
aggressive up front for the
Olympians, especially against the
Soviets, who will try to outmuscle
The biggest presence on the team
is Thompson, who will not tolerate
mental errors or sloppy play. In the
Detroit game, Thompson sat J.R.
Reid for the entire second half,
because of his clumsy defense in the
first half. Because of his team's
depth, Thompson doesn't need one
player to dominate the action.
The All-Stars that played in the
Detroit game had varying degrees of
doubt about the Olympians.
"They played a good game, and I
still think they'll win the gold," said
Indiana Pacer guard Reggie Miller.
"Remember that most nights, they've
been beating NBA teams by an
average of 20 points."
"They have heart, and a lot of
offensive ability," said Indiana Pacer
forward Chuck Person. "They are
aggressive defensively, but they have
to be more physical and more tough.
They should win, they have enough
talent, but they have to come
together as a team."
The most optimistic, and maybe
most knowledgeable prediction came
from Detroit Pistons General
Manager Jack McCloskey.
Said McCloskey, "I've seen the
Russians and the team from
Yugoslavia, the two biggest threats
for the gold medal, and there is no
quickness on those teams. There is
no comparison; those teams can't
survive against this team."
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