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  • Ice Capades

    By Carin Davis

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Joey likes Rachel!"

    In Aliso Viejo's Ice Chalet snack bar, six typical teens squeal about "Friends" and lace their skates. Among them, an eye-catching brunette balances against a table and lifts her left foot to meet her back. The banner above the skate-rental booth, constructed...

  • Homeboys on Home Plate

    By Jeremy Hamburgh

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There are myriad jokes about Jews in sports. In the 1980 movie "Airplane," a passenger asks for something light to read. The stewardess offers her a pamphlet on Jewish athletes.

    Peter and Joachim Horvitz, the father-and-son team whose recent compendium, "The Big Book of Jewish...

  • Let the Games Begin

    By Jessica Steinberg

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Greg Spector, a strapping, 6-foot-4-inch volleyball player from Los Angeles, tends to be philosophical when discussing why he decided to participate in this year's Maccabiah Games.

    "The Maccabiah makes a statement," said Spector, 31, sporting a yellow visor and green satin yarmulke...

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  • UCLA Football Player Keeps Kosher

    By Tom Tugend

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Eyoseph Esi Efseaff is a rising star as offensive lineman on the UCLA football team, but when he arrived at the campus on his initial recruiting trip, he startled the coaches with an unexpected request.

    He was hungry, said the 6-foot-3-inch, 282-pound athlete, but, he insisted, the...

  • Bulldog on the Ice

    By Ari Morguelan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Lee Fougner, a 7-year-old hockey player from Valencia, is our May Athlete of the Month.

    The call of the ice was so strong for Fougner that his mother, Lori, went into labor while attending a Los Angeles Kings third-round playoff game in May 1993.

    Fougner first took group hockey...

  • A Jewish Olympian Reflects

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As an athlete training with a single-minded focus of becoming the best I could possibly be, I think I sometimes lost sight of the big picture. I had no idea of the impact that our gold-medal victory in the 1984 Games would have on not only my life, but on the lives of others as well....

  • Starting Over

    By Peter Ephross

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of immigrants have flocked to the United States looking for streets paved with gold. Lenny Krayzelburg, who came to Los Angeles from Odessa, Ukraine, in 1988 is searching for gold as well - but in a pool at Sydney's Olympic Games.

    Several Jewish athletes from the former...

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