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Sports: United States Olympic Committee, Boxer Mercer #120652

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 19, 1989
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Studio: Ray Gandolf) Report introduced.

(Portland, OR: Bonnie Strauss) United States Olympic Committee reported trying to develop a survival plan for the future; details given of fund-raising plan to cover athletes' training. [Committee vice president George STEINBRENNER - comments on American effort in Olympics.] Committee's proposal for joint drug-testing plan with USSR reported; scenes shown of Ben Johnson, athlete caught using steroids. [Olympic athlete Michelle ELLEBERUBE - says you should win on ability, not with drugs helping you.]

(Studio: Ray Gandolf) Olympic boxer Ray Mercer's training for first professor fight featured; details given of his amateur career, scenes shown of Mercer training and boxing in Olympics. [MERCER - comments.] [Trainer Hank JOHNSON - talks about Mercer's abilities.] [MERCER - talks about boxing.] [JOHNSON - talks about Mercer in the ring.] [MERCER, JOHNSON - talk about Mercer's chances against heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.] Tyson's upcoming title fight with Frank Bruno mentioned.

Gandolf, Ray;
Donaldson, Sam;
Strauss, Bonnie

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