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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 1, 2005 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
In "War of the Worlds," director Steven Spielberg contemplates an alien attack as a metaphor for today's terrorism. In his next film, already in production, the director eschews allegory and focuses on real terrorism and its consequences -- specifically the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September and the Israeli response.
July 3, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
In a surprisingly tight election, the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded Vancouver, Canada, the 2010 Winter Games. Vancouver, long the front-runner, defeated Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the second round of balloting, 56 votes to 53. Salzburg, Austria, was eliminated in the first round.
February 24, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The race to be host of the 2010 Winter Games is on in earnest. Voters in a referendum at Vancouver, Canada, favored seeking the Games. Bidders in Salzburg, Austria, released a poll showing public backing; and an International Olympic Committee task force gave high marks to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The import of the developments, according to a number of IOC officials, is that what had been seen as a two-way race -- between Vancouver and Salzburg -- has become a three-way competition.
Along with plans for impressive sports facilities and the outline of a sound financial package, recent history makes clear that what it really takes to win the Olympic Games is elegantly simple: You need a story. A truly compelling story. Beijing won the 2008 Games with this story: The Games have never been held in China. China is home to 20% of the human race. It's time. Athens won the 2004 Games like this: Greece is the birthplace of the Olympic movement. Come home. Now the U.S.
November 22, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Although most winter sports won't announce their Olympic teams until next month, a few athletes can start packing their bags for Salt Lake City. Derek Parra of San Bernardino and Jennifer Rodriguez of Miami, inline skaters who made successful transitions to the ice, are the first skaters to qualify for the U.S. Olympic long track speedskating team. Parra earned a berth at 1,500 meters by finishing fourth at Innsbruck, Austria, last weekend.
October 11, 2001 | Bloomberg News
NBC has sold about 90% of its available commercial time for its broadcasts of next year's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, network President Randy Falco said. The General Electric Co. unit is charging about $550,000 for a 30-second advertisement during the Olympics, Falco said. NBC hasn't cut rates in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, even though the tragedy and the slowdown in the U.S. economy have prompted some marketers to postpone buying network advertising.
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