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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 1, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22544.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22544

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1989 - Sports, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed August 1, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22544.

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Transcript The 1988 Summer Olympic Games were quite a success for the United States, especially with representatives like Greg Louganis, Carl Lewis, Florence Griffith-Joyner, and Matt Biondi. Photo courtesy Associated Press. Although Canadian Ben Johnson clocked the fastest time, he allegedly was using steroids and was thus disqualified, moving Carl Lewis (far right) up to receive the gold medal. Photo courtesy Associated Press. Thousands were in attendance as the opening ceremonies got under way. The torch, burning intensely, signified the heated competition that was present in each of the representatives from around the world. Photo courtesy Associated Press. Winning a gold medal is quite an accomplishment, but winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games is even better. Track star Joe Deloach now knows that feeling quite well. As an underdog at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, held in Seoul, Korea, Deloach turned a long-time dream into reality, beating out friend, foe and obvious favorite choice Carl Lewis in the 200 meter dash. His time of 19.75 seconds tied Lewis' U. S. record. Deloach first became interested in running competively as a child in Bay City. "I was the fastest kid on the block; I was the fastest kid around; I was the fasted kid in the state (in high school, he won the state championship) " he says. Now, he's one of the fastest men in the world. Deloach attends the University of Houston majoring in Accounting, although he plans to switch over to Physical Education. "Ultimately, I want to coach," he says. Although he plans to continue running, he will no longer represent UH in collegiate meets because the NCAA does not allow athletes to receive money while competing on the collegiate level. He recently signed to endorse Mizuno, a Japanese company, and more endorsements are likely to follow. Although Deloach and Carl Lewis are fiercely competitive, they have managed to remain very close friends. "We train together, we have the same coach, and we can relate to each other real well," Deloach says. When on the track, neither one lets personal feelings get in the way — they're both out to win. When off the track, no competition exists — they're just friends who like to have a good time. They even poke fun of each other at times, but never in an antagonistic way. Deloach views the '88 Summer Olympics as a success for the U. S. team and a stepping stone for himself. "I won the gold the firs time out and so, people's expec tations of me have increased," h( says. For himself, he wants to b< the best that he can possibly be and, like many of us, wants to leave a mark. When asked wha held the most significance fo* him at the Olympics, he responded that it was the drug issue. "I: was significant because of tho stand taken against it. I think it'll be good for the younger athlete is to see that drugs are a dead-end," he says. Deloach feels positive about th i direction his life is going. He will continue his education, do endorsements, and run professionally. He's happy right now and h i owes it to his family, especially his parents to whom he dedicated his gold medal. "Without them, wouldn't be where I'm at today," he says. Perhaps Joe, but with your talent and ambition, you'd probably be close. ► Henry Reyna 268 ■ Sports Often the busy schedule Deloach talks about involves his practice. He says he has had to practice a lot to get where he is now. Photo by Mark Lacy. Gold medalist Joe Deloach takes time from his busy schedule to sit down and talk about his life, his triumphs and disappointments. Photo by Mark Lacy. Olympics ■ 269