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SPORTS
February 25, 2002 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON
After nine years on the news staff at this newspaper, it was my good fortune in late 1998 to transfer to the Sports section. Days later, the Salt Lake bid scandal erupted. So I've been coming to Salt Lake with regularity for more than three years now, and I knew that these Games--the last in the United States for at least 10 years--would be memorable. I must admit that, after all the time spent in Salt Lake, the place kind of grows on you. Not enough to move here; let's not be ridiculous.
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SPORTS
February 25, 2002 | BILL DWYRE
My stay in Salt Lake City began in failure the day I arrived. I had always said that one of my professional goals was never to go to a Winter Olympics, and here I was. I always favored Summer Games because of the word "summer" in the title. This time, the Olympic people had done me in by putting all that sliding and skating and sloshing and slushing one time zone away, so professional goals gave way to professional common sense. And now that it is over, it wasn't so bad.
NEWS
February 25, 2002 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the thunderous explosion of a massive fireworks display that dappled the colors of the rainbow on the snow-capped mountains of the Wasatch Range, the XIXth Olympic Winter Games drew to a close Sunday night, an Olympics notable for judging controversies and doping cases as much as a can-do American spirit. Controversy, in fact, dogged the Games right up until the end.
SPORTS
February 24, 2002 | Bill Dwyre
Is the Olympic bobsled/luge/skeleton run, adjacent to the Olympic 90K/120K ski-jumping stadiums, obsolete today, the last day of the 2002 Winter Games? Will some big real estate developer come through here and take what was Utah Olympic Park, attracting about 25,000 people a day for the last 16 days, and make it into Super Large Ski Run and Condo City?
SPORTS
February 24, 2002
Men's slalom G Jean-Pierre Vidal, France S Sebastien Amiez, France B Alain Baxter, Britain Four-man bobsled G Andre Lange, Germany S Todd Hays, U.S. B Brian Shimer, U.S.
SPORTS
February 24, 2002
Today Cross-country skiing: Women's 30k classical Hockey: Men's final
SPORTS
February 24, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The catch phrase for two weeks at the Olympics has been, "Ohno? Oh, yes!" But Saturday night at the Delta Center, short-track speedskating star Apolo Anton Ohno's name was prophetic for the U.S. team. It was "Oh, no!" in the men's 500-meter race, from which Ohno was disqualified, then "Oh, no!" again in the 5,000 relay, when Rusty Smith stepped on a lane block and fell, leaving the Americans to finish fourth, a lap behind the winning Canadians. Italy won the silver medal, China the bronze.
SPORTS
February 24, 2002 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fans flocked here Saturday to see history made in the men's slalom, and history, indeed, was made. It was not rendered by home-country favorite Bode Miller, though. It was etched in soft snow by a Scot, with a brogue, skiing for Great Britain. It was a strange day from the start-gate get-go, one that ought to be spliced and forwarded to "Alpine's Funniest Home Videos."
SPORTS
February 23, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Derek and Jochem show became a solo act Friday. In their two previous speedskating races, Derek Parra of San Bernardino and Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands took turns winning in world-record time, Uytdehaage the 5,000-meter event, Parra the 1,500. Each finished second in the race he didn't win. Friday, they were paired in the 10,000, the longest Olympic race, 25 laps around the 400-meter track--but not for long. Skating a world-record time of 12 minutes 58.
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