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Clinton selects two to head fitness council

President Clinton has named Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner and former congressman and basketball star Tom McMillen as co-chairmen of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Clinton announced the appointments Sunday evening as he and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton played host to sports stars at the White House before attending the National Sports Award Gala.

Griffith Joyner and McMillen will replace actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger, a Republican campaigner, was appointed by President Bush but resigned last month, telling Clinton "you are well on your way to settling on your own team now and focusing on its goals and priorities."

Griffith Joyner set a world record in the 100-meter race at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials. At the Seoul Olympics, she won three gold medals and set the world 200-meter record. She recently announced she was leaving track to pursue acting and writing interests.

Like Clinton, McMillen is a Rhodes scholar. He was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team and played in the NBA for 11 years. A Democrat, he served in the House from Maryland from 1987 until losing to Republican Wayne Gilchrest in November.