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Conquering Heroine; Amanda Beard Welcomed Back After Olympic Trial Swim Wins
[Orange County Edition]
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Klein, Sarah A
Date: Mar 15, 1996
Start Page: 1
Section: Metro; PART-B; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

A sign hastily written on notebook paper and held behind Olympic Swim Team member Amanda Beard's back on Thursday said it all: Amanda Beard is Cool.

Even though she's just a freshman at Irvine High School and is only 14, she's cool, calm and collected about her two first-place finishes in the Olympic trials. And she's super-cool in the minds of her classmates.

Thursday marked Beard's first day back at school after the Olympic trials in Indianapolis, where the small but powerful swimmer dazzled spectators with a go-for-broke performance in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events.

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