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They're Simply the Best: U.S. Armed Forces Honor Their Elite

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

They're Simply the Best: U.S. Armed Forces Honor Their Elite

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Each year, the five U.S. military services -- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard -- select their top mate and female athletes. These talented military athletes are recognized at the Pride of the Nation banquet in Washington D.C., which is sponsored by the U.S. Military Sports Association, the Armed Forces Sports Council, and the Services Morale Programs.

The athletes selected represent the "best of the best," not only in their athletic achievements but also as fine, upstanding citizens and representatives of the U.S. military.

Listed below are the 1998 Athletes of the Year. Through their skill, dedication, and hard work, these elite athletes have achieved tremendous success. They epitomize the values of our country's Armed Forces.



Storekeeper First Class Stacey A. Dolly (distance running). Because of her outstanding performance at the Wait Disney Marathon, she was selected to run on the Navy cross-country team. She distinguished herself as an integral member of the 1998 Armed Forces cross-country team, which competed in the 46th Military World Championships in Curragh, Ireland. The team finished fourth out of 26 national teams.

Boatswain Mate First Class Anthony T. Leiato (powerlifting). Boatswain Mate Leiato distinguished himself by winning the U.S. National Powerlifting Championships in Denver in the 275-pound class. He lifted a combined weight of 2,121 pounds, which won him a spot on the national powerlifting team.


Specialist First Class Kristina Sabasteanski (biathlon). An administrative specialist assigned to the HHB, 1st BN/86th Field Artillery in Williston, Vt., Specialist First Class Sabasteanski had the highest individual finish by an American at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, with a 33rd-place finish in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint. She also competed in the 4 x 7.5K women's relay, where the team's 15th-place finish was the highest by the U.S. Biathlon team in Nagano.

Second Lieutenant Garret T. Hines (bobsled). Hines is an environmental science officer assigned to HHD, 151st MED BN EVAC in Atlanta. He was selected as a member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic team and represented the United States in the four-man bobsled competition as the pusher/brakeman for USA1. His team had the highest U. …

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