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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.
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.
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 29, 2005 | Helene Elliott
King defensemen Aaron Miller and Tim Gleason and forward Dustin Brown were among 39 players invited by USA Hockey to attend an Olympic orientation camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 5 through 8. Also invited were two-time Olympians Bill Guerin, Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight. The list omitted veterans Chris Chelios, Brian Leetch, Brett Hull and Jeremy Roenick, but General Manager Don Waddell said he'd probably add them to the list of 60 to 70 names he will submit to the U.S.
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.
May 3, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The International Olympic Committee set the stage Friday for the July election of the 2010 Winter Olympics host with a report declaring that each of the three candidates -- Vancouver, Canada; Salzburg, Austria; and Pyeongchang, South Korea -- could put on "very good" Games. The report, issued by an IOC team that earlier this year visited each of the three cities, did not proclaim any the front-runner.
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.
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