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Olympic Games 2002

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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2002 | GREG BRAXTON and DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
NBC's hugely popular coverage of the Winter Olympics predictably boosted the network's owned-and-operated local station, KNBC-TV, to the gold-medal platform for the just-concluded February sweeps, according to local Nielsen ratings data released Thursday. The Games averaged a 19.5 prime-time rating locally, virtually mirroring the NBC's national average.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
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?
NEWS
February 25, 2002
They won our hearts, a few medals, and along the way they became our Champions of Style
SPORTS
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.
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.
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.
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