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SGVT: Olympians to greet LA Metro train, bus riders during two weeks of summer games






Valerie Brisco-Hooks waves the American flag, June 22, 1984 in triumph in Los Angeles after winning  the women's 200-meter dash in a time of 22.19, the fastest time for an American this year, during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Valerie Brisco-Hooks waves the American flag, June 22, 1984 in triumph in Los Angeles after winning the women's 200-meter dash in a time of 22.19, the fastest time for an American this year, during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

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Metro is hosting former Olympic gold medalists at various bus and train stations during the two-week run of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Starting Aug. 5, Olympic champions from Southern California will show off their gold medals and take selfies with train or bus riders.
The tentative schedule is as follows. Exact times were not yet released:
• Aug. 5, El Monte Bus Station, 3501 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, 91731. Paul Gonzales won his gold at the 1984 games held in Los Angeles in the sport of boxing. The competition was held in the old L.A. Sports Arena. Gonzales, who later turned pro, is a native of Boyle Heights. He is on the Athlete’s Council for LA24, the group trying to bring the Olympics to Los Angeles in 2024.
• Aug. 8, Union Station, 801 N. Vignes, Los Angeles, 90012. Shirley Babashoff won her gold medal in the sport of swimming. Babashoff earned eight Olympic medals, including gold in the 400-meter freestyle relay in 1972 and 1976.
• Aug. 9, Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station, 149 N. Halstead St., Pasadena 91107. San Gabriel Valley resident John Naber, who lives in Pasadena, will be on hand to greet Gold Line riders.
• Aug. 10, Culver City Expo Line Station, 8817 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232. John Naber. Naber won four gold medals in swimming in Montreal during the 1976 Olympic games.
• Aug. 11, North Hollywood Red Line subway station, 5391 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601. Julianne McNamara won the gold medal on the uneven bars in the gymnastics competition in 1984. She actually tied Chinese gymnast Ma Yanhong — both scored a perfect 10.0.
• Aug. 12, Atlantic Gold Line Station, 5150 E. Pomona Blvd., Los Angeles, 90022. Meet Brenda Villa, part of the gold-medal winning U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team. They took the gold in 2012 in London. Villa is from Commerce and played water polo at Bell Gardens High School — with the boys team.
• Aug. 15, Chatsworth station, 21501 Lassen Street, Chatsworth 91311. Decathlete and actor Rafer Johnson, most known for lighting the torch at the 1984 Olympic summer games in Los Angeles, is also a 1960 gold medal winner. He earned a silver medal in 1956.
• Aug. 16, 7th Street/Metro Center (train station), 600 St. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90017. Valerie Brisco is a three-time gold medal winner. She won all her gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles in track and field. She attended Cal State Northridge.
• Aug. 17, Blue Line Station, Downtown Long Beach, 128 W. First St., Long Beach, 90802. Lisa Fernandez, is a softball pitcher who helped the U.S. Women’s Softball Team win gold in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). She was born in Long Beach.
• Aug. 18, APU/Citrus College Gold Line station, 905 N. Citrus Ave., Azusa, 91702. Bryan Clay may be the most famous athlete to come out of Azusa Pacific University. The decathlete was the Olympic champion in 2008 in Beijing with one of the largest victory margins in the sport. He won silver in Athens in 2004.
• Aug. 19, Expo Line Downtown Santa Monica Station, 402 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, 90401. Swimmer Mark Spitz will be at the brand new light-rail station overlooking Santa Monica beach. Spitz won seven gold medals in swimming at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
Olympic gold medal swimmer Mark Spitz speaks during a news conference at the Long Beach, Calif., Swim Center Tuesday, July 6, 2004. Spitz won seven gold medal in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. The weeklong U.S. Olympic swimming trials starts Wednesday and for the first time in swimming history, athletes will compete for a spot on the U.S. squad in an aboveground pool. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) 


(Source: http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20160726/olympians-to-greet-la-metro-train-bus-riders-during-two-weeks-of-summer-games)

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