Van Cliburn, the tall, gangly, curly-haired Texan who became the most famous classical pianist in American history over the course of a single extraordinary week in 1958, died Feb. 27 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 78 and for many years owned a home in Tucson.
Maren Seidler is arguably the best women's shot putter the United States has ever seen. She won 23 national titles and was the first American woman to throw the shot farther than 60 feet. She was a four-time U.S. Olympic trials winner.