February 14, 2002
Austrians, led by downhill bronze medalist Renate Goetschl, are 1-2-3 in the World Cup standings going into today's combined (one downhill and one slalom.) But Goetschl claims Croatian Janica Kostelic should be favored. Kostelic, fourth in the standings, won the overall World Cup title last season with victories in seven of eight slalom races. Caroline Lalive of Truckee, Calif.
February 10, 2002
Favorite Felix Gottwald's chances to become the first Austrian to win the individual competition were literally blown off course when the winds arose during Saturday's 90K jump. He is in 11th place beginning today's 15K freestyle. But another Austrian, Mario Stecher, is second. The United States has a chance to win its first medal ever in Nordic combined and should at least improve on its best-ever finish of ninth. After Saturday, Todd Lodwick is seventh and Bill DeMong eighth.
February 20, 2002 |
The best weren't at their best Tuesday. As they prepared to travel the final steps of their long journey, the pace slowed just a bit. The 4-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinals of the Salt Lake Olympic tournament won't go down as one of the U.S. women's hockey team's top performances.
February 25, 2002 |
The Olympic motto, "Citius! Altius! Fortius!" is usually translated as "Swifter! Higher! Stronger!" It ought to be translated as, "Ya gotta have heart!" Time and again, at these Games and others before them, we have seen athletes rise to deliver amazing performances with astonishing results. Chris Witty is such an athlete. One of America's finest speedskaters, she is the winner of three Olympic medals, two at Nagano, one at Salt Lake City. One medal at these Games?
March 1, 2002 |
Seventeen days of Winter Olympics coverage left little suspense as to who would emerge victorious from the February ratings sweeps. With an estimated 84% of U.S. households viewing NBC at some point during the Games, the network breezed to victory, with an estimated 24.2 million viewers per average minute of prime time over the four-week survey, which concluded Wednesday night. NBC nearly doubled its average audience from last year's February sweeps, when it finished second to CBS.
January 18, 2002 |
In a sign of the increasing vitality of the agency charged with freeing sport from the taint of illicit drug use, the World Anti-Doping Agency will announce today that it will have conducted 3,500 out-of-competition drug tests in the 12 months before the start of the Salt Lake Winter Olympics, including 1,200 from December through the Feb. 8 start of the Games. Of 2,600 tests conducted through Jan.
August 6, 2002 |
Figure skater Marina Anissina acknowledged she is acquainted with Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, the reputed Russian mobster charged with trying to fix the ice dance and pair competitions at the Salt Lake City Olympics, but said Monday she and partner Gwendal Peizerat won the ice dance gold medal without outside help. "This situation has perturbed me.