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Former President Carter expected at beach volleyball finals

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Posted: Saturday August 01, 1998 10:14 PM

  Former President Jimmy Carter (center), sitting among the fans, is scheduled to participate in the beach volleyball awards ceremony AP

UNIONDALE, New York (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter watched the figure skating finals at the Goodwill Games Saturday and was set to attend beach volleyball on the last day of an event he unwittingly helped create.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were among a near-capacity crowd at Nassau Coliseum for the last night of skating competition.

Accompanying Goodwill Games founder Ted Turner and his wife, Jane Fonda, the Carters saw Russian world champions Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikov win the ice dance gold with performance that earned two perfect scores.

On Sunday, Carter is scheduled to attend the finals of the women's beach volleyball competition, according to organizers.

Carter is expected to be at Wollman Rink in Central Park, the makeshift beach built for the competition with almost 1 million pounds of sand, along with Turner and Fonda, beach volleyball venue manager Elliott Winick said.

The former president is scheduled to participate in the awards ceremony that will follow the bronze-medal match between the United States and Italy and the gold medal-match between Brazil and Australia.

The Carter administration led a boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Angered by that snub, the Soviets led an East-bloc boycott of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

That led Turner to create the Goodwill Games, with the first edition held in Moscow in 1986, to try to bring international athletes together in an atmosphere free of politics. With the end of the Cold War, the games now are dedicated to helping the world's children.

 

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