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February 19, 1998
After a silver medal finish in the super giant slalom, Deborah Compagnoni of Italy returns to her specialty, the event she won at Lillehammer in 1994. Katja Seizinger, who already has set a women's Alpine record with two gold medals in the same Games, is a dark horse to win a third. THE FAVORITES Martina Ertl, 24, Germany: Veteran all-around star ended the nine-race winning streak of Italian giant slalom ace Compagnoni. A prime medal pick, particularly in giant slalom and combined.
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February 23, 2010
All times Pacific NBC 3-5 p.m. Women's freestyle skiing, ski-cross competition Nordic combined, team competition: K-125 jumping Men's speedskating, 10,000 gold-medal final 8 p.m.-midnight Women's figure skating, short program Men's Alpine skiing, giant slalom gold-medal final Women's freestyle skiing, ski-cross gold-medal final Nordic combined, team gold-medal final: K-125 jumping...
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March 29, 1991 | BOB LOCHNER
Skiing's "White Circus" has folded its tents for another year amid controversy over who should be the ringmaster, but whatever happens, 1992 is an Olympic year, and the Winter Games figure to overshadow all other activities in ski racing next season. The big question for the U.S. ski team is whether Albertville, France, will be another Sarajevo or another Calgary--or more plausibly, someplace in between.
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February 19, 1998
After a silver medal finish in the super giant slalom, Deborah Compagnoni of Italy returns to her specialty, the event she won at Lillehammer in 1994. Katja Seizinger, who already has set a women's Alpine record with two gold medals in the same Games, is a dark horse to win a third. THE FAVORITES Martina Ertl, 24, Germany: Veteran all-around star ended the nine-race winning streak of Italian giant slalom ace Compagnoni. A prime medal pick, particularly in giant slalom and combined.
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February 9, 1998 | MIKE KUPPER
Jonny Moseley, the top qualifier for the men's finals Wednesday in freestyle mogul skiing, had a strong qualifying run that kept getting better the longer he thought about it Sunday. "It was a good run but I can do a lot better than that," he said at first. But Moseley warmed to the task when asked to describe his second jump, an eye-popping 360 known in the trade as a helicopter/iron-cross grab. "You do a helicopter and a position backward," he said.
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February 17, 1995 | BOB LOCHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At 80 m.p.h. on skis, fear is the last thing on Picabo Street's mind. Even after seeing death in the downhill, she said, "I don't really feel fear. That's not something that I ever encounter. And if I do, it means that something's going on, and I have to open my eyes and be more aware than normal. But usually, it's not something that enters my brain, not when I'm skiing anyway."
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February 10, 1995 | Bob Lochner
One of the Southland's more successful athletes nowadays performs, if you can believe it, in the ballet--not on her toes with the Bolshoi but on skis with the U.S. freestyle ski team. Actually, Ellen Breen of West Hills prefers to call what she does so well "acro-skiing," a term that might at least subliminally help get the sport included in the Winter Olympics, where it would join its two cousins, moguls and aerials.
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February 19, 1998 | MIKE KUPPER
Never underestimate the power of a wantin' woman. Nikki Stone wanted an Olympic gold medal. So she went out and won one here Wednesday in women's freestyle aerial skiing. "Coming back and winning gold--aahh--I'm so excited!" she said, obviously very excited. "I still can't believe it!" But that's the end of the story. It started, really, in Lillehammer, Norway, four years ago. Then an up-and-coming star of the U.S. freestyle team, Stone figured to be in medal contention at the Olympics there.
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February 18, 1998 | MIKE PENNER
OK, so most American efforts at the Nagano Games have been better suited for the Pacific Coast League Winter Olympics. Our ski jumpers pop up to shortstop while the Japanese go deep, deep, deep over the bleachers and into the parking lot. Our cross-country skiers are utility men while the Norwegians bat cleanup. Our biathletes are bench-warmers, our speedskaters are rookies, our men's Alpine teamers are aging middle relievers simply trying to hang on.
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February 11, 1995 | BILL WALKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There probably isn't a way to say this delicately. . . . But Ellen Breen is old. Not Elvis old. Not Beatles old, either, or even Eagles old. Michael Jackson old would probably be appropriate, which still makes her younger than most. But as a world-class athlete in a demanding snow discipline, this ballet skier two months from age 32 is a creaking relic.
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February 19, 1998 | MIKE KUPPER
Never underestimate the power of a wantin' woman. Nikki Stone wanted an Olympic gold medal. So she went out and won one here Wednesday in women's freestyle aerial skiing. "Coming back and winning gold--aahh--I'm so excited!" she said, obviously very excited. "I still can't believe it!" But that's the end of the story. It started, really, in Lillehammer, Norway, four years ago. Then an up-and-coming star of the U.S. freestyle team, Stone figured to be in medal contention at the Olympics there.
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February 18, 1998 | MIKE PENNER
OK, so most American efforts at the Nagano Games have been better suited for the Pacific Coast League Winter Olympics. Our ski jumpers pop up to shortstop while the Japanese go deep, deep, deep over the bleachers and into the parking lot. Our cross-country skiers are utility men while the Norwegians bat cleanup. Our biathletes are bench-warmers, our speedskaters are rookies, our men's Alpine teamers are aging middle relievers simply trying to hang on.
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February 13, 1998
STORYLINE: Picabo Street already has a gold medal in these Winter Olympics and now comes her specialty. Street won a silver medal in this event at Lillehammer in 1994, but on the heels of her gold in the women's super-G, expectations are high for the woman from Triumph, Idaho. WHO TO WATCH: Street, Katja Seizinger of Germany, the defending champion, Isolde Kostner of Italy and Renate Goetschl of Austria. Pernilla Wiberg, the defending world champion in the downhill, is coming back from injury.
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February 9, 1998 | MIKE KUPPER
Jonny Moseley, the top qualifier for the men's finals Wednesday in freestyle mogul skiing, had a strong qualifying run that kept getting better the longer he thought about it Sunday. "It was a good run but I can do a lot better than that," he said at first. But Moseley warmed to the task when asked to describe his second jump, an eye-popping 360 known in the trade as a helicopter/iron-cross grab. "You do a helicopter and a position backward," he said.
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February 1, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Picabo Street, the top U.S. Olympic hope in the downhill, suffered bruises, an injured neck and a slight concussion during a crash Saturday in Are, Sweden. Street fell on the fastest and most dangerous part of the Olympia course after a ski binding released while she was traveling at an estimated 75 mph. She lay on the snow unconscious for approximately two minutes, but was able to walk after a few minutes. Later, she was taken by helicopter to a hospital at Ostersund for tests.
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January 29, 1998 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By all rights, downhill racer Picabo Street should not be ready to challenge for a gold medal in Nagano only 14 months after sustaining a major knee injury. Then again, Street and patience have never been willing dance partners. As a tempestuous daughter-of-hippies growing up in Sun Valley, Idaho, the only punishment that ever worked on Picabo was when her father made her stand still in a corner with her freckled nose pressed against the wall. "That was the worst for me," Street says.
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February 22, 1994 | Associated Press
Lyubov Egorova tied the record for gold medals in the Winter Olympics here Monday when she won her sixth, skiing the clinching anchor leg for Russia in the women's 20-kilometer cross-country relay. The medal was Egorova's third gold here and she won three in France at the 1992 Albertville Games. She tied Soviet speedskater Lydia Skoblikova, who won her six in 1960 and '64.
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February 22, 1992 | BOB LOCHNER
Julie Parisien, who skied in Thursday's slalom at Meribel with a cast on her broken wrist, refused to blame the injury for her losing the first-run lead and finishing fourth--but she said it didn't help. "At the start, I wasn't able to bend over and buckle my boots," she said. "It affected little things like that, making me lose some of my concentration. And in the race, sometimes I couldn't plant a pole the way I normally would.
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March 5, 1997 | BOB LOCHNER
Hilary Lindh's recent downhill victory in the World Alpine Ski Championships at Sestriere, Italy, continued a long trend of excellence by American women ski racers, especially in the big events. Once again, the men were nowhere to be found on the podium. Since Alpine racing began on a major international scale, 23 U.S. women have won medals in the Winter Olympics or world championships, only eight U.S. men.
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February 17, 1995 | BOB LOCHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At 80 m.p.h. on skis, fear is the last thing on Picabo Street's mind. Even after seeing death in the downhill, she said, "I don't really feel fear. That's not something that I ever encounter. And if I do, it means that something's going on, and I have to open my eyes and be more aware than normal. But usually, it's not something that enters my brain, not when I'm skiing anyway."
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