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Ice Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Arena
The Michigan Daily
Johnson deserves
second chance
b Mitch Rubenstein
Only 27 months ago, Ben Johnson and steroids were joined together in
headline after headline. Now, this highly publicized villain of sports has
returned to the limelight.
While Johnson's return may warrant last-page coverage to many, it is
hard to forget the overwhelming media uproar that besieged the former
champion. And for that very reason, the return of Ben Johnson should not
go unnoticed.
Ben Johnson's debut on the international sports scene occurred in the
1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles when he won a bronze medal for
Canada in the 100-meter dash. The gold medalist that day was Carl Lewis
of the United States.
At that time, the media began to label each man: adopting Lewis as its
hero and Johnson as its villain. It was the sports media's version of the
Cold War, and there was no doubt who was wearing the red, white, and
When Johnson tested positive for steroids at the 1988 Olympics, it
was the event for which the press had been waiting. The writers had
created their version of the "sports monster," a man who wanted to be
number one so badly that he would do anything to achieve his goal.
Thus, it is somewhat inspirational that Johnson would rise again. And
that is exactly what he did at a small track meet in Hamilton, Ontario,
finishing second to another American, Daron Council. Ironically, this
former Auburn University track star was at one time a narcotics officer. A
perfect beginning to the media's classic sequel of "Ben Johnson -- Steroid
After publicly banning its beloved hero from competition for two
years, Canada gladly welcomed its wounded warrior back to battle once
again. A partisan crowd of over 17,000 stood and cheered this man before
a nationally-televised audience.
The world can only wait to see if this strong performance by Johnson
against a relatively tough, world-class field is an indication of his return
to the top.
If the former champ wants to win back his lost fortunes, he will have
to do it on the track, not in the papers. If Johnson does make it back and
basks as a champion in 1992, maybe this time he will be allowed to stay
at the top.
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Men's and Women's Gymnastics
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7 p.m.
Keen Arena

Tuesday, February 5, 1991

Page 8
Improved women

hit stumbling block

by Jeff Cameron
and R.C. Heaton
Daily Sports Writers
What goes up must come down,
and the Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team has been flying high all
season long.
So it should come as no surprise
that the team experienced a letdown
last weekend when it competed in
Morgantown, W.Va., against Wil-
liam and Mary and West Virginia.
The Wolverines, registering a re-
spectable, but not outstanding score
of 183.35, finished second to the
Mountaineers, ahead of William and
After defeating defending Big Ten
champion Illinois with a school
record 185.10 last weekend at home,
the Wolverines did not seem to have
the same killer instinct on this road
"It's hard to have the team ready
week-in and week-out," Michigan
coach Beverly Fry said. "There was a
little bit of a relaxation, maybe be-
cause it was not a conference meet."
Michigan was led in the all-

around competition by sophomore
Ali Winski, who posted a 37.05.
First-year gymnast Wendy Wilki
son scored a 37.00. They also pace
the team on the uneven bars with a
9.60 and 9.45, respectively. Winski
also registered an outstanding 9.50.
The Wolverines did experience
some unexpected difficulty on the
floor exercise, which is usually their
top event. Wilkinson only notched a
9.35, and junior Kim Crocker posted
a 9.20.
"We had some flukey mistakeO
on the floor," Fry said. "We started
off on the floor; we do better when
we finish off on the floor. That is
just the nature of the beast.
Whatever you start on is usually
your lowest score."
Michigan is now 5-5 overall and
3-1 in the Big Ten, which is a vast
improvement from last year's record.
"I'm in a nice position," Fr
said. "This year I'm complaining
about 183s. Last year, I would have
been happy with a 183, but this year
we have a much better team."

Michigan's Ali Winski performs a backward somersault in Sunday's
competition against West Virginia and William and Mary. The
Wolverines finished second in the tri-meet, behind the Mountaineers.

Netters bounce back from last year's


by Caryn Seidman
Daily Sports Writer
After many years at a lofty peak,
the Michigan men's tennis team
found a low valley last year as it suf-
fered its first losing season in more
than 21 years. The team is now
making a quick and impressive
comeback, returning to its winning
play of yesteryear.
The Wolverines, led by captain
David Kass, Scott Cuppett, and
newcomer Danny Brakus, are cur-
rently 4-1. Their sole loss was to
Tennessee, a team which ranks third
in the country and only beat the un-
ranked Wolverines by a slim margin.
"We matched up well against
Tennessee," singles player Mitch
Rubenstein said. "Our thinking is if
we match up well with them, we can
match up against anybody."
Michigan remains unranked thus
far this season, an unfamiliar feeling
for a team that has won 17 Big Ten

Championships in the past 21 sea-
Coach Brian Eisner, who begins
his 22nd year with the team, does
not feel that the Wolverines lack of
ranking is unjust. "Many of our
newcomers are unproven," he said.
"Last season Tennessee was un-
ranked and they went on to lose to
Stanford in the NCAA finals."
But recent results have indicated
that Michigan may not remain un-
ranked for long.
At the Spartan Invitational,
Michigan finished 24-4 in the three-
day singles competition, a perfor-
mance Eisner called "very domi-
nant." Michigan's Kass and Steve
Herdoiza from Northwestern held the
top seeds before the tournament. In
the first round Michigan's, Terry
London defeated Herdoiza 6-4, 3-6,
6-4, while Kass finished second
Michigan continued its season

with victories over South Florida 5-
1 and Toledo 7-2. The team then
blanked Cincinnati and Eastern
Michigan, each 9-0.
"If each player plays up to his
potential, we can be one of the top
ten teams in the nation," Eisner said.
Eisner's confidence will be
severely tested when his team takes a
spring trip to California. Michigan
will face against Stanford and
UCLA, ranked first and second re-

"We have the capability to beat
them," Rubenstein said. "But it wil*
take a total team effort."
After losing No.1 ranked
Malivai Washington to the profes-
sional circuit last year and some of
their stronger players to injury last
season, the future appeared dim.
Now injury-free Michigan is able to
look forward to a bright season.

Injuries have Berenson 's
squad skating on thin ice




by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
If another member of Michigan
hockey coach Red Berenson's team
goes down with an injury, the for-
mer St. Louis Blue may have to lace
up the skates himself.
The Wolverine icers are skating
circles around their opponents on the
ice but limping off it. Berenson had
only 20 healthy skaters at his dis-
posal Saturday night, the minimum
amount that dress for each game.

Wednesday, February 6
Thursday, February 7
7- 10 pm

CRLT is conducting several teaching workshops this week. They are open to all
U of M graduate students and are free of charge.
Motivating Students to Learn.
Tues. Feb. 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Will explore strategies and provide techniques for use in increasing your
students' intrinsic motivation for learning.
Introduction to Computer Graphics.
Wed. Feb. 6, 7:00-9:30 pm
Will focus on the preparation of graphics for reproduction as slides and
overhead transparencies using Macintosh software.
Critical Thinking.
Thurs. Feb. 7, 6:30-9:30 pm
Techniques will be presented to help you get your students to go beyond the
memorization of facts to higher level thinking that involves synthesis, integra-
tion, problem solving and questioning assumptions.

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David Oliver became the latest
addition to the injured list when he
broke his leg Friday. He will be in a
cast for the next four weeks.
Meanwhile, two other Wolver-
ines are further ahead on the road to
recovery. Berenson hopes to have de-
fenseman Doug Evans (lower back)
available for this weekend's series
against Western Michigan. Rookie
David Wright (dislocated shoulder) is
listed as week-to-week.
MILESTONES: After sweeping
Ohio State last weekend, the
Wolverines evened their all-time
record over the Buckeyes to 18-18-5.:
Michigan now has a winning all-
time recordnagainst every team in the
Central Collegiate Hockey Associa-
tion, except Lake Superior State.
The Lakers lead that series, 28-10-5.
The Wolverines also had a pair of
individuals who achieved notable
lifetime marks over the weekend.
Junior Denny Felsner collected his
150th career point, and senior Ted
Kramer notched the 100th point of'
his collegiate career.
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