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WORLD CLASS
Gene Menez
December 15, 2006
For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things
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December 15, 2006

World Class

For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things

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WHAT WE SAID THEN: A 13-year-old Brooklyn boy, Bobby, played an exhibition against 21 foes and lost only one match. He tied for first in the Manhattan Chess Club's "A" reserve tournament.

WHERE HE WENT: Fischer became the youngest U.S. champion (14) and at the time the youngest international grandmaster (15). In 1972 he won the world championship. He's become notorious for erratic behavior.

NANCY LOPEZ
GOLF

APPEARED: SEPT. 15, 1969

WHAT WE SAID THEN: Nancy, 12, of Roswell, N.Mex., won the state women's golf championship, defeating medalist Mary Bryan of Portales 10 and 8.

WHAT SHE SAYS NOW: "It was a long time ago," says Lopez, who has 48 career LPGA victories, including three majors. "I was very excited and felt like I was kind of famous. I probably still have the magazine; I am sure I cut it out and put it in my scrapbook!"

ANDY RODDICK
TENNIS

APPEARED: DEC. 30, 1996

WHAT WE SAID THEN: Andy, 14, won the 14-and-under national indoor tennis title. In doubles he and Chris Martin of Tulsa were the 14-and-under U.S. clay court and Easter Bowl champions.

WHERE HE WENT: Roddick has won 21 professional singles titles, including the 2003 U.S. Open when he was 21. At the time he was the second-youngest player to be ranked No. 1 in the world. He's currently ranked sixth.

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