BRINGING GLORY TO THE VALLEY : WATTS TOPS LIST OF AREA STARS WHO LEFT A MARK.
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Hanging on the wall in Jim Woodard's U.S. history classroom at Taft High School in Woodland Hills is a Nike poster from 1992 of Quincy Watts Quincy D. Watts (born June 19, 1970) is a former American athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Quincy Watts attended the University of Southern California where he excelled not only as an athlete but also as a wide . As the years go by, some of Woodard's younger students ask, ``Who's that?''
Then Woodard explains how Watts won gold medals in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the 1992 Olympic Games Olympic games, premier athletic meeting of ancient Greece, and, in modern times, series of international sports contests. The Olympics of Ancient Greece
Although records cannot verify games earlier than 776 B.C. in Barcelona. Suddenly, it starts to register on the students that Watts used to walk the same hallways as they did.
``He was once in a lifetime,'' Woodard said.
The San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. has had its share of athletes who went on to Olympic glory, but Watts' performance in 1992 makes him perhaps the greatest of all.
He set an Olympic record Olympic Records are the best performances in a specific event in that event's history in either the Summer Olympic Games or the Winter Olympic Games. As the Olympics occur only once every four years, many of these records do not correspond with world records, though they are in running the 400 meters in 43.50 seconds. He was just four years out of Taft High and still a student at USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. when he ran the best race of his life at the most decisive moment as millions watched on television and thousands cheered.
When he returned to Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. wearing his two gold medals around his neck, he was greeted by several hundred adoring fans cheering him at L.A. International Airport.
``I never could have imagined it would be this big,'' he said.
Watts had moved to Woodland Hills from Detroit just before entering high school to live with his father Rufus. He became a prep track star. He was inspired by watching Carl Lewis win four goal medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
As Lewis inspired him, Watts surely has encouraged others to follow in his footsteps. He's not alone in returning to the area as an Olympic hero.
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Valerie Brisco-Hooks from Cal State Northridge became an overnight celebrity in 1984 when she won gold medals in the 200, 400 and 4x400 relay. Former Kennedy High track star Sherri Howard won her own gold medal in the 4x400 relay during the 1984 Olympics.
In the same L.A. Olympics, former Grant High gymnast Mitch Gaylord helped the U.S. team win the gold medal and won bronze medals in the parallel bars and rings and a silver in the vault "In the Vault" is a short story by American horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft, written on September 18, 1925 and first published in the November 1925 issue of the amateur press journal Tryout. . On the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won a silver medal at Dodger Stadium were Canyon High graduate Cory Snyder, Cleveland graduate player Sid Akins and Poly graduate player Flavio Alfaro.
Among the greatest former local Olympians was former Glendale High and USC sprinter Frank Wykoff, who won gold medals in the 400-meter relay at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games.
Ronald Morris of Burbank took the silver medal in the pole vault in 1960 in Rome with an effort of 15 feet, 1 inch.
In the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, 16-year-old Cathy Ferguson from Burbank High set a world record in winning the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke.
Watts, now 26 and living in Calabasas, failed to make this year's Olympics. But his place in Valley history is secure for a lifetime.
Photo: Ex-Taft student Quincy Watts jumped for joy at Barce lona, where he won two golds.
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