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SPORTS
February 21, 2002 | J.A. ADANDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's an age-old strategic debate. Blaze the trail or draft behind and save energy before coming on strong at the end? Except this is women's ice hockey, not speedskating or auto racing. And if the topic is women's ice hockey, the two teams must be the United States and Canada, who will face each other today for the gold medal.
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SPORTS
February 17, 2002
Women's 500m short-track speedskating G Yang Yang, China S Evgenia Radanova, Bulgaria B Wang Chunlu, China * Men's 1,000m short-track speedskating G Steven Bradbury, Australia S Apolo Anton Ohno, U.S. B Mathieu Turcotte, Canada * Men's 1,000m speedskating G Gerard van Velde, Netherlands S Jan Bos, Netherlands B Joey Cheek, U.S. * Men's 12.
SPORTS
February 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
Not even a phone call from John Elway could make Todd Lodwick fly far enough to join the contenders in the final Nordic combined event of the Olympics. Lodwick is hoping to pull off one of Elway's trademark last-ditch comebacks, though. "Miracles have happened, and hopefully we can have one [today]," Lodwick said after finishing 12th in the jumping portion of the sprint competition Thursday, on the big hill at Olympic Park.
SPORTS
February 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
Germany edged Norway for the gold medal in the women's 20-kilometer cross-country relay Thursday, shortly after Russian superstar Larissa Lazutina was disqualified for having high levels of hemoglobin. Norway won the silver, and Switzerland took bronze. Russia planned to protest the race, team leader Gennady Ramensky said. The disqualification of Lazutina, trying for a record-tying 10th medal, knocked four-time defending champion Russia out of the event.
SPORTS
February 22, 2002
Holland's Jochem Uytdehaage set the first of the world records during these Games at the super-fast Utah Olympic Oval with his victory in the 5,000 meters. Since then, world records have fallen in two other men's events and Olympic records have fallen in four. Today's 10,000 meters is the last men's event at the oval. Uytdehaage again is among the favorites. Teammates Gianni Romme, who won the event four years ago in Nagano, and Bob de Jong are others.
SPORTS
February 22, 2002
Croatia's Janica Kostelic can become the first skier to win four medals in the same Olympics if she finishes among the top three in today's giant slalom. But the Croatian sensation, who won gold medals in the slalom and combined and a silver in the super-G, faces her greatest challenge in this event. She has not finished higher than 10th in a World Cup giant slalom this season. Switzerland's Sonja Nef, the World Cup giant slalom champion, is favored.
SPORTS
February 22, 2002 | Randy Harvey
The International Bridge Federation plans to apply this year to the International Olympic Committee for a place on the Olympic program. Opponents might protest that bridge is not a sport, but where does it say that all contests in the Olympics must involve sports? "These are the Olympic Games," said Bruce Keidan, an unofficial spokesman for the IBF. "They are not called the Olympic Sports."
SPORTS
February 15, 2002 | From Associated Press
Johann Muehlegg's right ski plowed through the snow, throwing him off balance and into the snow. But not even a face-first fall could knock him off course Thursday. Muehlegg dominated the men's cross-country pursuit event to win his second gold medal of the Winter Games. He also won the 30K freestyle race Saturday. Norwegians Thomas Alsgaard and Frode Estil tied for the silver medal. Alsgaard lunged his left ski forward at the finish line to create the tie before falling to the ground.
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