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SPORTS
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.
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SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
February 25, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2002 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
August 6, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
December 18, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fourteen members of the U.S. team that won the first women's Olympic hockey tournament at Nagano in 1998 were among the 20 players named to the roster Monday for the Salt Lake City Winter Games, among them veteran forward Cammi Granato and goaltenders Sara DeCosta and Sarah Tueting. In making the final cut, Coach Ben Smith released forwards Annamarie Holmes and Carisa Zaban before players left their Lake Placid, N.Y., training base for a Christmas break. The U.S.
SPORTS
February 15, 2002
Three years ago, at the height of the Salt Lake bid scandal, the president of John Hancock financial services was one of the International Olympic Committee's most vocal critics. On Thursday, David D'Alessandro signed a contract re-upping Hancock for another four years--from 2004 through 2008--as one of the IOC's top sponsors. The deal reportedly is worth $60-$65 million. Hancock earlier had signed an extension for its sponsorship through the Athens Summer Games in 2004.
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