DURHAM, N.C., JULY 26 -- The best-attended and most profitable U.S. Olympic Festival ended tonight with a triple gold-medalist in women's gymnastics and a third gold medal in track for Olympian Valerie Brisco.
Joyce Wilborn, a 16-year-old from Paterson, N.J., won three individual golds while recording three 10s -- the first 10s in Olympic Festival history -- in the gymnastics competition. It was the fourth gold medal of the Festival for Wilborn, who won one Friday night in the team competition. Wilborn also won three gold medals in the 1985 Festival in Baton Rouge, La.
Wilborn started the day with a 10 on her first vault, and just to prove it wasn't a fluke, did it again on the second.
"I wanted to go out there and show I could stick the second one," Wilborn said. Later she won the floor exercise with a 10, and also tied Danna Lister for the gold medal in the balance beam.
"I want to be the first black gymnast to compete in the Olympics," Wilborn said.
Brisco, who won the 200 meters Friday and the 400 meters Saturday, helped the West 4x400-meter relay team win the gold medal before 19,617 at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium.
The men's 4x400 relay was won by the South team of Walter McCoy, Kevin Robinzine, Raymond Pierre and Roddie Haley in 2 minutes 59.84 seconds, the best time in the world this year.
Greg Foster won the gold medal in a men's 110-meter high hurdles in 13.19, the fastest time in the world this year. Rod Woodson, a holdout from the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, won the bronze in 13.39.
Lee McRae burst out of the blocks and led all the way to win the men's 100 meters in a time of 10.07. Right behind McRae were world record-holder Calvin Smith (10.09) and Lee McNeill (10.15).
Gail Devers of Los Angeles won the women's 100 meters in 11.06, beating seven others, including The Athletics Congress champ Diane Williams.
Linda Tolbert of Washington and the University of Arizona won the women's 100-meter hurdles in 13.06.
"I'm lost for words," said Tolbert, a former All-Met runner at Ballou High School. "I ran hard and this is the first time that I've ever done this well against some of the top runners in the U.S.A. I want to prove I can run with the best in the world."
As for the temperature, Tolbert said, "The heat wasn't a problem for me. I'm from Washington, D.C., and I'm used to it."
The end of the track competition and the North's 6-4 victory over the South in the ice hockey final marked the close of the Festival.
The 13-day Festival set an attendance record and will be more profitable than any previous Festival, according to officials. With 20,393 on hand to watch gymnastics today, the Festival drew a total of 460,884 fans, surpassing the record 347,000 in Houston last year.
Hill Carrow, executive director of the North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), the local organizing committee, said that the profits from Festival would be about $1 million on a $3 million gate, with the profits split between NCAS and the U.S. Olympic Committee.