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Tumbling into new arena // Denver skater takes lumps as wrestler

Denver's Sherry Dowlen still wears leotards to work. But

they don't last as long as they used to.

That is because Dowlen the figure skater has become "Sweet

Sherry" the professional wrestler.

"I wanted to get out of the rink and see what was outside

an overgrown icebox," says Dowlen, who is competing in

the Senior Ladies division today and Saturday at Skate Tulsa

'91 at The Ice at Williams Center.

"I knew there was another world out there. I certainly

found it."

And it has found her.

Four days ago, Dowlen's match with Sweet Georgia Brown was

telecast nationally on ESPN. Brown won the five-minute bout

with a pin.

"She got me with a piledriver," says Dowlen, 28. "But

I lived to tell about it, thank God."

The Dowlens have been on ice for generations.

Dowlen's grandparents skated, as did her parents. Yvonne

Dowlen, her mother, was in the Ice Capades from 1946-51.

Dowlen got her first pair of blades when she was 22 months

old, and she was competing on a regular basis by age 10.

Counting trophies, medals and ribbons, she has taken home

227 tokens of achievement.

"My goal is to get 300 before I quit," Dowlen says.

Her introduction to wrestling was less structured.

While watching an episode of "The Flintstones," she flipped

the channel selector to ESPN, which was showing an American

Wrestling Association match.

"Two really cute boys were wrestling," she says.

So Dowlen tuned in the next night. And the next. Soon she

was taking in live bouts in Denver and searching for a place

to learn the sport.

Dowlen settled for a wrestling school in Dallas, where in

October 1989 she attended a three-day camp for men and women.

"I was never in so much pain in my life," Dowlen says.

"We had to leapfrog each other.

"We had to fall on our face and fall on our back. We had

to jump over the ropes into the ring. It took me three days

to get over the ropes."

Two more camps followed, after which she earned a $1,000

scholarship to the school. One year and countless body slams

later, Dowlen made her professional debut in February against

Mad Madeline in Bonham, Texas.

Dowlen lost that match but it didn't seem to affect her

appeal. From April to May, she wrestled in a total of 10

bouts in Texas and Oklahoma.

Her career record is 3-8.

"I'm not really all that tough," says Dowlen, a 5-foot-3,

130-pounder. "I go home and it's, oh-h-h, Ben Gay, Icy

Hot, ice pack, aspirin. . .but I survive it.

"Self preservation always is a priority. Beating your opponent

is next."

Dowlen, who is living with another family in Dallas while

attending wrestling school, earns $25 to $55 a bout. She

practices Saturdays at the school for three to four hours,

squeezing in some weightlifting and aerobics on off days.

"Some parts have been fun," says Dowlen, who still attends

four to five skating competitions a year. "And some haven't."

Fitting in the latter category has been the increased celebrity.

"One day you're nobody," she says. "The next day you

wrestle and you're signing people's hands, arms, shirts,

paper. . .I get my pin out to pop my head so I can fit through

the door."

Dowlen defends her sports integrity, which many question.

"We don't wrestle in mud. We don't wrestle in oil and we

don't wrestle in peanut butter," she says. "We're a little

more legitimate than that.

"You can kick hard, kick harder or kick hardest. But they

really do hit you."

Dowlen says wrestling has helped her upper-body strength,

coordination and endurance, improvements that haven't gone

unnoticed by her mother.

"I've encouraged her to stick with wrestling," says Yvonne,

who teaches at the Alpine Skating Club and the Alpine Ice

Arena in Denver. "She has been skating for 20 years. She

has been wrestling for six months.

"You really have to try it longer than that. If it develops

into something, it develops into something. If it doesn't,

it doesn't."


Senior Ladies were to compete in original program today

and in free skating at 7:40 p.m. Saturday.

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WINTER OLYMPICS: NOTEBOOK; German Speed Skater Loses Medal Chance After Tumble


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The slick ice at Olympic Hall in Hamar claimed another favorite today when Gunda Niemann of Germany clipped a lane marker with her left skate and went sprawling during the women's 3,000-meter speed skating race.

The scene was a reminder of Monday's 500-meter men's race, when Dan Jansen of the United States, the world-record holder at the distance, stumbled and touched the ice with a hand in losing a chance at a medal.

Today, Svetlana Bashanova of Russia took the gold medal with a time of 4 minutes 17.43 seconds, 71-hundredths of a second faster than Emese Hunyady of Austria, who was second. Claudia Pechstein, another German, earned the bronze medal, trailing Bashanova by 91-hundredths.

Niemann, who had not lost at 3,000 meters since 1991, skated in the third pair with Seiko Hashimoto of Japan. About 40 seconds into the race, Niemann lost control going into the home turn, just a few feet from where Jansen had touched the ice on Monday. Niemann fell, slid into the outside lane and collided with Hashimoto, knocking the Japanese skater down and into the barrier. 'I Was in Total Shock'

"All of a sudden, I was on the ground," Niemann said. "I was in total shock. I didn't even see Seiko Hashimoto. After the crash, I didn't know what I was doing."

Neimann got up and skated away, pulled off her cap and goggles, returned to console Hashimoto, then finished the race in 5:10.28, almost a minute behind her world record. She was later disqualified for skating in the wrong lane. The Japanese skater was allowed to start the race over and finished sixth.

Neimann still has chances in two more events, the 1,500 and the 5,000 meters. Moe's Mother to Make Trip

Tommy Moe's Olympic experience will get even better Friday when his mother, Joan Persons, arrives in Lillehammer from her home in Whitefish, Mont., to spend the remainder of the Games with him.

Moe's father, Thomas Sr., has been a visible figure in his fur coat and baseball cap since his son won the men's downhill Sunday. The parents of the 24-year-old Alpine star are divorced.

After Moe won the silver medal in the super men's giant slalom today, he said his mother had been unable to attend the Games because she could not afford it, adding, "People in the town raised funds for my mother an stepfather to come over."

Moe said he was honored to hear that a section of the lower part of the Kvitfjell downhill course was being named Tommy Moe's Channel. Medalists Have Races to Forget

On Monday, Thomas Alsgaard of Norway won a gold medal in the 30-kilometer cross-country race, and Mika Myllylae of Finland took the bronze. Neither had a race worth remembering today.

Alsgaard, the 22-year-old who shocked the favorite, Bjorn Daehlie, on Monday, struggled from the beginning in the 10-kilometer classical event and finished 24th. "I was worn out, and my legs were stiff and heavy from the start," he said.

Myllylae's legs felt fine, but that didn't keep him from falling and breaking one of his poles at the 5-kilometer mark.

"I had to ski approximately 100 meters with one pole, 40 of which were uphill," said Myllylae, who was in fourth at the time and ended up finishing sixth. "I won't speculate on how much time I lost in the fall."

Myllylae might have lost less time if a Norwegian assistant coach near the scene of the accident had handed the Finn the extra pole he reportedly was carrying.

"He would have kicked himself if Bjorn Daehlie had appeared with a broken pole and discovered the spare pole had gone to Mika," said the Norwegian head coach, Inge Braaten, who nonetheless took time to explain the incident to his Finnish counterparts.

"We have agreed on a Norwegian-Finnish pole service," Braaten said. Ulvang Finishes Seventh

Vegard Ulvang, the globe-trotting cross-country skier who won three gold medals and a silver for Norway in the 1992 Winter Olympics, will be hard-pressed to approach that performance in his own nation. Ulvang did not ski in Monday's opening men's race because he wanted to focus his energies on the final four events, but today, he could finish no higher than seventh in the 10-kilometer classical race.

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Skateboard legend dedicates park

The warm afternoon sun shone brightly Wednesday on the hundreds of skateboarding fans and local youths who gathered to witness skateboarding legend Tony Hawk’s dedication of the new Willamalane skate park in Springfield.

Hawk’s foundation donated $25,000 to the construction of the street-style course — the first of its kind in the county — after state grants, local firms and local foundations joined skateboarders around the community in raising the remainder of the skate park’s approximate cost of $465,000. Before Hawk and his team performed an afternoon demonstration for their fans, local contributors were thanked for their support and Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken gave Hawk a key to the city, proclaiming April 30 as Springfield’s “Tony Hawk Day.”

“Donating money to this park really shows Hawk’s commitment to local youth,” Leiken said. “We didn’t just give him a day because he’s an icon.”

Hawk shyly accepted the honor of having a holiday proclaimed in his name.

“I don’t know what you’d really do on Tony Hawk Day,” he said. “I guess you’re exempt from school to play video games.”

The program began with an introduction from Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer, statements from Willamalane Park and Recreation District, city officials and Friends of Willamalane, the group that spearheaded fundraising efforts. Gavin Keable thanked everyone who helped make the park possible on behalf of the Skatepark Task Force, which was created three years ago to design and develop the park.

Excavation for the skate park, designed by Purkiss Rose-rsi,

began in October. Hyland Brothers Construction crews built forms and started pouring concrete in February. Willamalane Public Affairs Specialist Janet Donnelly said the task force had worked with Hawk for the past three weeks to arrange the dedication.

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Tony Hawk greets skateboarding fans at the Willamalane skate park dedication.

“This is the first event like this where Hawk has given money, dedicated a park, performed a demonstration and offered the whole thing for free,” she said. “Usually an event like this would cost money.”

University junior Nate Jackson, a member of the Duck U broadcast team, said he was impressed with the park and Hawk’s contribution to it.

“Hawk is awesome,” he said. “Not everybody gives back to the community like that.”

After the dedication, a local team sponsored by Boardsports skate shop joined Tony Hawk and friends in a skateboarding demonstration to test out the new park, which features rugged concrete stairs, rails and urban skateboarding challenges resembling picnic tables. Hawk said the park’s high design standards and the grassroots fundraising were factors in deciding to donate the grant.

“We chose Springfield because of the efforts of the skaters from the beginning,” he said.

Looking ahead to a documentary on his contributions to skate parks, Hawk said he will continue to help fund them as long as organizations make donations.

“My donations come from my demos, so as long as I keep doing demos, I’ll fund parks,” he said. “And we are always looking for other donors.”

Contact the reporter

at caronalarab@dailyemerald.com.

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