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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 27 - October 3, 1996- 15 Confusion reigns over bicycles on Rt. I diamond lanes ,, ,,, v ByMichaelShort aside only for buses, emergency one of the buses. Bob Moore said Tyler has called for the state to ( ( Are bicyclists allowed to use the vehicles and vehicles making a that when he complained about limit the use of that lane to peak V V fight hand lane of at. 1, the so- fight hand turn lane. the bus blowing its hem as it fol- times such as holiday weekends. V V 4121 Highway One called "diamond" lane? The issue arose on Sept. 21 lowed him, that he was told that it "We feel this state has done noth- V Rehoboth, DE 19971 V Technically, that lane is set when a bicyclist was followed by is not legal for bicycles to use the ing [for bicyclists]." V 227-4747 V "diamond" lane. In the meantime, Lt. Pete Open Daily 5:00 p.m. V Trainer er to Cape Henlopen High teams, Moore said he was told politely Schwartzkopf of Troop Seven " FALL the kids love her stories of the by both the police and the called the issue "a Catch-22." He  V Olympics. Delaware River and Bay Authori- said that technically, the new lane V PROMOTION She said that kids want to know ty that he was technically break- may not allow bicyclists. But he V Continued from page 14 what the famous athletes are like, lag the law. said that that is a safer place for MENU There was a model; there were what her experiences were, what That has prompted local bicy- them than in the main lanes of at. V V some fitness fanatics and some the life of an Olympic athlete is clists to question whether that 1. V singers." WITH v With two leagues starting, the like. means they are expected to ride in "We do not have anything in V V Konin said that it is almost hard the travel lane with ears traveling our titles that talks about a bus RESERVATION v Women's Basketball League and to convey that competing on that 50 to 60 mph. lane," Schwartzkopf said. "It is a V the National Basketball League scale is such another level. She "I'hat's insane," said Moore. very unclear area." V ONLY v Women's Division, she said all of said it is not only ability and how Jim Ippolito, an avid bicyclist Schwartzkopf said the issue has V V themembersofthegoldmedal hardanathleteworks, butcoach-andMoore'scousin, notedthatthe neverarisenbefore. $10 team plan to play professional ingand time commitment. V 00 V basketball this year. MS Bike to the Bay is next week- He added that the police are not V She exchanges letters and pie- end, an "event which will attract enforcing the issue and are not V Sunday - Thursday: Because the all-professional tures with team members and huge numbers of bicyclists. Part ticketing bicyclists who use that men's Dream Team attracted so much attention, the USA Olympic Committee decided to house the team outside the Olympic Village in the Omni Hotel. They chose to place the women's team in the same location. The teams missed some of the international flavor of the village, but, Konin said they concentrated so much on their own USA athletes, there was little time to think of what they might be missing. When they weren't playing or practicing, there was time for shopping, movies and general re- laxation. "My room seemed to be the so- cial place," Konin said, "Almost every night, people would congre- gate there to hang out. I definitely felt a part of the team. "A lot of times, you think that your work goes unnoticed, but every single player thanked me at the end of the Olympics. It was re- ally heartwarming." Memories and mementos One player, Katie Stedding, even hung her medal around the trainer's neck as a special tribute to the part she played in the team's success. Konin said that it was tru- ly a thrilling moment. Of course, now that she is back in Lewes, serving as athletic train- hopes to see some of them play ball this year. "There is a bond," she said. "Whenever we see each other again, it's going to be like old friends. It was certainly an incred- ible experience." Usually, trainers only have one shot at working with an Olympic team, so Konin realizes that she had a once-in-a-lifetime experi- ence. Probably her husband and co- workers at Lewes Physical Thera- py are a little glad that she won't be away for another five-month period any time soon, even though they supported her and covered for her while she was gone. Her husband did get to join her for the last phase of training, in- cluding the Disney Institute, and the Olympics; and he helped pro- vide her with a lasting memento of the Olympic experience. When team members asked for a sugges- tion for a gift of appreciation, Jeff Konin helped the team put togeth- er something that his wife will treasure always. "They gave me a gold basket- ball that is autographed by the en- tire team," she said, "I could hard- ly believe it; it is so great! It will always have a place of honor in my house." HOUSE OF THE WEEK 7 THE BEACH HOUSE- OCEAN BLOCK Just reduced to $218,000 from $239,000 (contract fell through). Three bedroom, 2 I/2 baths with Florida room, living room, dining room, two decks. Fully furnished, never rented. Please call Virgil Brown, REIMAX Realty Group 227-4800 or direct at 945-8545. 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