* Days until opening ceremony: 7.
* Olympic update: Nigerian 400-meter runner Hyginus Anugo was killed when struck by a car in Sydney while running for a bus to return to the Olympic village.
* March to the medals: C.J. Hunter, the 1999 world shotput champion and husband of Marion Jones, has undergone knee surgery that leaves him doubtful for the Olympics.
* Carrying the torch: A day after skiing down a snow-covered slope at Thredbo and being held briefly by former South African president Nelson Mandela, the torch followed a route from Cooma to Bega--with a stop in the former whaling port of Eden.