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NEWS & NOTES: NOT EXACTLY AN INSPIRING OLYMPIC MOMENT
Published August 1, 1996
Julie Pound, the wife of IOC VP Dick Pound, was arrested yesterday after a "scuffle" with an Atlanta police officer and charged with "refusing to comply with an officer's orders, obstruction, disorderly conduct and simple battery." In addition, the officer's report refers to Julie Pound as "under the influence" of alcohol. She was released into the custody of ACOG COO A.D. Frazier. Dick Pound: "We were walking along peacefully and this is the last thing we expected." The officer claims the pair ignored her warnings not to cross the street (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/1). The N.Y. TIMES reports that Julie Pound "shouted profanity" at the female officer as she passed and, when grabbed, turned and kneed her in the groin (N.Y. TIMES, 8/1)....SI's E.M. Swift profiles IAAF President Primo Nebiolo, who has his sights on succeeding Juan Antonio Samaranch as IOC President in 2001. Nebiolo would be 78 when Samaranch is forced to step down because of the new 80-year age limit (SI OLYMPIC DAILY, 8/1 issue).... WASHINGTON POST columnist Tom Boswell notes "every Olympics hits the wall. Next to Wednesday, write the word 'SPLAT'! .... Everybody knows from experience that Olympic exhaustion arrives during the second week" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/1)....Former Gold Medal winner Mark Spitz is working the Games for seven sponsors: Xerox, John Hancock, GM, General Mills, Swatch, Kodak and Bausch & Lomb. Spits: "I deal in sevens." He also makes appearances for L.A. Gear (Thurow & Heylar, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/1)...CBS' Mark Phillips examined the use of private security guards at the Atlanta Games -- what many are calling the "weak link in the chain of protection" ("CBS Evening News," 7/31)....Frank Deford, on the 2004 Games: "I think it will go to Rome. I don't think anybody is going to take any chances. I think [the IOC is] are going to go for the most stylish place they can find" ("Good Morning America," ABC, 8/1).