May 18, 2002 |
Hosting the Olympics was not a big money-maker for Utah, tax reports show. Tax revenue increased 0.07% from February 2001 to February 2002, a difference of $200,000. People were drinking and smoking more. Wine and liquor sales were up 16.5% in February. Cigarette tax collections were up 50%. The figures were reported by the Deseret News. Still, organizers said they consider the Winter Games a success.
May 12, 2002 |
Standing on Main Street on a recent spring evening, it's difficult to conjure up the nighttime scene that existed here only two months ago, during the Winter Olympics: Lights, music, street theater ... people. Now, only an hour after most offices have closed, the main pedestrian mall is deserted. Stores are shuttered. Those people who are here are waiting for the light rail train that will carry them home to the suburbs.
April 30, 2002 |
Before the International Skating Union began a nine-hour hearing into the Olympic figure skating scandal Monday, the French judge at the center of the dispute complained she was the victim of "a one-way hearing, an organized massacre." The skating judge, Marie-Reine Le Gougne, declined to comment after coming out of the hearing room, but in an interview in Monday's edition of the French sports paper L'Equipe, she claimed the case was stacked against her.
April 24, 2002 |
The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City generated a whopping $56-million overall surplus, organizers will announce today, testament to first-rate organizational and logistical plans and a vivid reminder of the financial possibilities inherent in staging the Games in the United States. The net surplus, $40 million, will be divided two ways. Most of the money, $30 million, will go to the nonprofit Utah Athletic Foundation, which oversees facilities built for the Salt Lake Games.
March 29, 2002 |
An attorney for Marie-Reine Le Gougne, the French figure skating judge suspended by the International Skating Union during the Salt Lake City Olympics, said Thursday the ISU's refusal to postpone a hearing into her alleged misconduct will hamper his defense against charges she acted unethically in judging the pairs event. "It does put a hardship on us. It does prejudice us," said Maxwell Miller of Salt Lake City, who is representing Le Gougne.
March 22, 2002 |
The first British skier to win an Olympic medal was stripped of the award Thursday for using a decongestant that contained a banned stimulant, despite his claim he made an innocent mistake. The case was similar to that of the Romanian gymnast who lost her gold medal at the Summer Games in Sydney for taking a cold pill.
March 19, 2002 |
Is that all there is? Did the decision to award duplicate Olympic figure skating gold medals to a Canadian pair at Salt Lake City rest on a muddled statement by French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne, as detailed in a startling story in today's editions of the Chicago Tribune? Or is there something more sinister at work?
March 5, 2002 |
Security operations at the Winter Olympics proved so successful in avoiding major disruptions or violence that law enforcement officials have already begun using the Salt Lake City model as a blueprint for major events. In the face of post-Sept. 11 fears about the safety of the 1.
March 2, 2002 |
The International Olympic Committee scoffed at Austrian claims that there were legitimate medical uses for the blood-transfusion equipment found in a house used by the nation's cross-country skiers at the Olympics. The Austrian ski federation said its athletes used the material for ultraviolet radiation treatment of their blood, describing the method as being "exclusively for disease prevention" and not doping.
March 1, 2002 |
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.