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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.
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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.
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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."
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February 15, 2002
Today Luge: Doubles Snowboarding: Men's parallel giant slalom; women's parallel giant slalom Cross-country: Women's 5k free pursuit Saturday Short-track speedskating: Women's 500m; men's 1,000m Speedskating: Men's 1,000m Biathlon: Men's 12.5k pursuit; women's 10k pursuit Alpine skiing: Men's super-G Sunday Speedskating: Women's 1,000m Alpine skiing: Women's super-G Cross-country skiing: Men's 4x10k relay Nordic combined: Men's 4x5k relay Bobsled: Two-man Monday Biathlon: Women's 4x7.
SPORTS
February 15, 2002
If Wednesday's training runs are any indication, the United States will be in the medal chase with both its luge doubles teams today. The teams of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin and Chris Thorpe and Clay Ives turned in some of the top times at Utah Olympic Park. Grimmette and Martin, bronze medalists at the Nagano Games, were the fastest on the first run at 43.217 seconds and second-fastest in the second run at 43.313. Thorpe and Ives were fastest starters both times, with the day's best 3.
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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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February 11, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until the day a U.S. athlete can claim supremacy in nordic combined--or even claim an Olympic medal--Todd Lodwick will have to be satisfied with Americans' expertise in other sports. "Do you watch a lot of the Norwegians?" he said. "They don't have a clue how to throw a football. It's pathetic." Perhaps, but at least that adjective no longer applies to U.S. skiers' results in nordic combined. Lodwick, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.
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February 11, 2002
Picabo Street's last run comes in today's women's downhill on the Wildflower course at Snowbasin. The most successful U.S. women's skier in history, she finished second in this event at Lillehammer in 1994 and won the super-G four years ago at Nagano. But injuries have taken their toll. In her last season before retirement, she didn't qualify to defend her super-G title and wasn't considered a serious contender in the downhill. Until Saturday. That's when she had the fastest training run.
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