In the course of her career, Cuban middle-distance star Ana Quirot (above, 192) has won an Olympic bronze medal and four Pan-Am Games gold medals and run the third-fastest women's 800 meters in history, 1:54.44. Yet, those performances pale beside the 2:05.22 she ran last Saturday to place second in the 800 at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Ponce, Puerto Rico (see related story, page 24).
It was Quirot's first race since she suffered near-fatal burns when a stove exploded at her home in Havana last January. She was seven months pregnant at the time, and her child, born prematurely, died soon after. Despite her injuries Quirot resumed training within weeks of the accident, jogging the hospital stairs, all the while insisting she would be back.
She proved it in Ponce, completing a recovery that her doctor termed "incredible." Still, Quirot suggested she was not satisfied and is determined to compete in the 1995 Pan-Am Games and the 1996 Olympics. Who would bet against her?
This Week's Sign
That the Apocalypse
Is upon Us
In a week when Congress passed the Brady Bill, a football coach at Libertyville (Ill.) High School, Dale Christensen, horrified students when he staged his own mock shooting with blanks and fake blood in the school cafeteria in an attempt to motivate his team for a state playoff game.