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March 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
House cleaners found used blood transfusion bags at a home where Austrian Nordic skiers stayed during the Winter Olympics. International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge opened an investigation Thursday into the find, ordering that "all scientific techniques" be used, "including DNA testing." The bags were found Wednesday along with blood transfusion sets, including tubes and needles.
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February 26, 2002 | JULIE CART and STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There were no medals for the last event at the Winter Olympics--the marathon on Monday to leave Salt Lake City. Tens of thousands of travelers trying to fly home endured huge lines stretching from the inside of terminals to curbside arrival areas at Salt Lake International Airport. Waits of four hours just to reach ticket counters were common as luggage replaced luge.
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February 26, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
Everyone comes to the Olympics looking for that moment, that one special instant that restores our faith in everything great and important and enduring about the greatest sport spectacle in the world. On the second night of the 19th Winter Games, I was blessed with that moment. It was around midnight in downtown Salt Lake City, the streets teeming with celebrating fans, strutting athletes, many languages, one voice. I was in the middle of a crosswalk, headlights illuminating me from all directions, bathing my body like thousands of shiny medals.
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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?
NEWS
February 25, 2002
They won our hearts, a few medals, and along the way they became our Champions of Style
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February 25, 2002 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Add one more goose bump to the story of gold medalist Jim Shea, already among the most heartwarming and inspiring of these Olympic Games. Shea is the Lake Placid, N.Y., slider who won the gold medal in skeleton Wednesday, carrying a funeral card of his grandfather in his helmet as he sped down the course.
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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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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.
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February 25, 2002 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
I leave the Olympics with a greater appreciation for the work they do, the hours they put in and the sacrifices they make. The athletes? No, the truckers. For 10 days of these Games, somewhere off Interstate 15, somewhere near Ogden, left without a rental car, I called home a truck-stop motel at the Flying J Travel Plaza. While other reporters got stuck covering the "Big Rig" in ice skate judging down in Salt Lake, I got stuck with real big rigs--loud ones, smelly ones.
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.
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