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February 14, 1994 | MIKE KUPPER
You only have to be exposed to it for a little while to realize that Norwegian is not an easy language to pick up. It is full of sounds and inflections that trip enchantingly off the tongues of those who grew up with it, but merely trip up the unwary foreigner trying to make a good impression. Actually, foreigners here are spoiled, because most Norwegians speak English and many speak another language as well, often German.
January 24, 2014 | By David Horsey
Vladimir Putin wanted to bring the Olympics to Russia, and he wanted them to take place in his favorite Black Sea resort town, Sochi, even though it is not a locale that sees much, if any, snow and is situated dangerously close to a region roiling with rebels and terrorists who hate Putin. Snow will not be a problem. Enough white stuff can be manufactured to cover a ski slope, if need be. But keeping terrorists from blowing up the Olympics is a bit more difficult. A new video released by radical Islamist separatists in Russia's Dagestan region promises that attacks are coming.
Troy Dalbey and Doug Gjertsen's place in Olympic infamy was cemented the moment they stole a 60-pound stone mask from a Seoul hotel wall after they had competed in the 1988 Summer Games. Although they were not charged with a crime, the gold-medal winning American swimmers caused an international stir with their ill-advised prank six years ago. As a result, they were disciplined by the U.S.
February 12, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
If only the Winter Olympics had a polar bear swim event -- then we could send Michael Phelps, and everyone from the Wheaties account managers to the "Got Milk?" ad reps could take a deep cleansing breath. It's too late for NBC, of course, where beleaguered executives have jettisoned the First Commandment of the entertainment industry -- Thou Shalt Not Acknowledge Failure and Certainly Not Before It Has Cometh. For weeks, the network has been whining that it will lose $250 million by airing the games because host city Vancouver is struggling to produce enough snow, and the United States, lacking for the first time in years a high wattage figure skater, is struggling to produce a star.
They saw their 4-4 tie with France as a form of justice, that by scoring two late and improbable goals against goaltender Petri Ylonen on Sunday, they were rewarded for their tenacity and granted retribution for calls that had gone against them. Yet no one on the U.S.
May 30, 1989
The 1992 World Figure Skating Championships, scheduled a month after the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, will be held in Oakland, officials announced. The world championships will be held March 24-29 at the Oakland Coliseum.
November 19, 1988 | Associated Press
A 1966 World Championships gold medal in the women's downhill may be retroactively awarded to former French skier Marielle Goitschel because the winner turned out to be a man, a skiing official said Friday. Erika Schinegger of Austria, who won the gold medal at Portillo, Chile, discovered during medical tests later in her career that she was in fact a man, according to a new autobiography.
February 23, 1994 | LARRY STEWART
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding finally take to the ice today in the technical program of the women's figure skating at the Winter Olympics, but there will be no live television coverage. There will, however, be live radio coverage. Harding will skate eighth at about 10:40 a.m. PST, with Kerrigan skating 26th at about 1 p.m. PST, and CBS Radio (KNX in Los Angeles) will broadcast their performances live.
February 3, 2008 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
On Sept. 19, 2000, John McCain rose in the Senate to rail against what he called the "staggering" sums that the federal government planned to spend to help Salt Lake City stage the 2002 Winter Olympics. "The American taxpayer is being shaken down to the tune of nearly a billion and a half dollars," McCain said. The Arizona Republican vowed to "do everything in my power" to delay or kill "this pork-barrel spending" and to end the "fiscal abuse" related to the Olympics.
October 28, 2007 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
The changes in store for this dowdy Black Sea resort are captured in one city official's vision for the typical taxi driver, now likely to drive a battle-scarred Russian model and wear shabby trousers and a scowl. "We want him to sit not behind the wheel of a Volga but a Mercedes," Deputy Mayor Vladimir Boychenko said. "We want him to wear a tie, with white leather gloves and a beautiful smile." That may sound farfetched, but don't count Sochi out.
July 5, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
Would the International Olympic Committee choose a 2014 Winter Olympics host -- Salzburg, Austria -- that pledged to serve sport and the IOC? Or would it choose one of the two, Sochi, Russia, and Pyeongchang, South Korea, that want the Winter Olympics to serve themselves as engines for economic or geopolitical change? The answer? Sochi.
February 7, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
People like Ali Misbah are what make officials protecting this month's Winter Olympics very nervous. Misbah had a mini-arsenal in his apartment in Turin, the northern Italian city where the Olympics will open Friday, when he was arrested several years ago.
January 15, 2006 | Bill Plaschke, Bill Plaschke can be reached at To read previous columns by Plaschke, go to
This wasn't a skating championship, it was a Sno-Cone convention, the contestants' costumes covered in ice chips stained purple and blue and orange. America's best skaters became frozen sculptures, dropping into various poses more suited for a Sunday buffet than an Olympic qualifier. This wasn't Savvis Center, it was Rockefeller Center. These weren't Olympic hopefuls, they were curling stones. On the final night of the national championships Saturday, the mighty fell. And fell. And fell.
January 8, 2006 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Alice Liang knew from the start that the second of her three daughters was destined to become an athlete. "She used to do cartwheels when she was 2 years old," Alice Liang said of Beatrisa, nicknamed Bebe by family and friends. "When we had visitors, she'd use the man's arm and swing back and forth from it, so we put her in gymnastics. "The skating thing came when her older sister watched the 1994 Olympics and said she wanted to skate.
December 20, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Caught between generations and with no compelling choices in net, USA Hockey officials on Monday chose 12 first-time Olympians for the men's hockey team at the Turin Games, including all three goaltenders and two of seven defensemen. But inexperience might be the least of Team USA's woes. Likely No. 1 goalie Rick DiPietro of Winthrop, Mass.
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