?Mohini Bhardwaj, gymnastics. She received $20,000 in training funds from Pamela Anderson, a former gymnast who wanted to help the Cincinnatian make her first Olympic team.
? Shawn Crawford and Reese Hoffa, track and field. Crawford, a sprinter, outran a giraffe but lost to a zebra on Fox's Man vs. Beast TV special in January 2003. Two years ago he wore a Phantom of the Opera mask during a 200-meter race in Milan; the mask slipped over his eyes, causing him to stray from his lane and be disqualified. Hoffa, a pro wrestling fanatic, calls himself the Unknown Shot-putter. He, too, competed in a mask (black, with a red X on it) at a meet in California last year, but with better luck: He threw a then PR of 68'7".
William Tell Award
?Vic Wunderle, archery. The 28-year-old from Lincoln, Ill., once demonstrated his sport in front of a class of kids by piercing a balloon and then hitting progressively smaller targets, culminating with a Tic Tac.
No Stopping Them
?Collyn Loper, shooting. The 17-year-old trapshooter from Birmingham was born blind in her right eye, so even though she's righthanded she shoots lefty.
? Kevin Hall, sailing. In 1990, as a senior at Brown, he was found to have testicular cancer and had both testicles and many abdominal lymph nodes removed. Now cancer-free, he takes weekly testosterone injections, with approval from the U.S. and international governing bodies.
? Rulon Gardner, wrestling. Since winning gold in Sydney, the Greco-Roman heavyweight from Afton, Wyo., has had a toe on his right foot amputated because of frostbite, survived a motorcycle crash and—just weeks before this year's trials—dislocated his right wrist playing basketball.
The Doctor Is In
Several Olympians are in medical schools or residencies. In addition, high jumper Amy Acuff (who made news by posing for the September issue of Playboy) is studying to become an acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine.
?Barb Lindquist, triathlon, will soon open a bed-and-breakfast in Alta, Wyo.