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Winter Olympic Games 1998

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February 17, 1998 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The beat goes on for CBS. Some of the network's bad breaks have been out of its control, but others have not. On Sunday night, CBS showed the U.S.-Canada hockey game, one of the marquee events of the Winter Olympics, live at 11:45 p.m. in the East but delayed three hours in the West. CBS was pleased with the rating it got for the game--a 4.9 with a 14 share, the highest rating for a network hockey broadcast in two decades. Fox's highest rating in four years of NHL coverage was a 4.
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February 17, 1998
ALPINE SKIING Michael Von Gruenigen of Switzerland, a two-time World Cup giant slalom champion, is a favorite along with Austria's Hermann Maier in the men's giant slalom. MEN'S HOCKEY Finland, with Teemu Selanne, Jari Kurri and Saku Koivu, will have its hands full against defending champion Sweden, with Peter Forsberg and Nicklas Lidstrom. WOMEN'S HOCKEY This is a grudge match eight years in the making. Time hasn't dulled it. Familiarity hasn't softened it. In once corner, the U.S.
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February 17, 1998 | MIKE PENNER
If you can't beat 'em, naturalize 'em. (And then notify the Swedes and the International Ice Hockey Federation and see if you can maneuver your way into a more favorable quarterfinal matchup.) That is what it has come down to for Dream Team USA as it sadly teeters on the brink of elimination in this Olympic men's hockey tournament.
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February 17, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The era of Soviet domination of international hockey is over, never to return. The republics that used to funnel players to the big red machine are independent now, with each fielding its own national and Olympic team. The best players have long since fled to the NHL for big money. Even Russia, which supplied most of the players on the great Soviet Olympic and world championship teams, has gone through hard times in hockey terms since the splintering of the Soviet Union.
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February 17, 1998 | Associated Press
Yelena Vaelbe of Russia is leaving the sport of cross-country skiing after the Olympics. She'll be missed not only for her talent, but for her way with words. Vaelbe, who swept five gold medals at the world championships last year, helped Russia win the 20-kilometer relay Monday. Her final race will be Friday in the 30K individual--her last chance for an individual Olympic gold medal. "I will try my best," she said. "As we say, 'It is hope that dies last.'
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February 17, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Several years ago, during a confrontation with Jeremy Roenick during a playoff game, goaltender Patrick Roy told Roenick he couldn't hear Roenick's chatter "because I've got my Stanley Cup rings in my ears." If Roy continues his stellar play for Canada, he might soon be able to say he has an Olympic gold medal in his ears too.
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February 17, 1998
WEDNESDAY QUARTERFINALS At Big Hat * Czech Republic vs. U.S. * Canada vs. Khazakstan At Aqua Wing * Russia vs. Belarus * Sweden vs. Finland FRIDAY SEMIFINALS At Big Hat * Czech Republic-U.S. winner vs. Canada-Khazakstan winner * Russia-Belarus winner vs. Sweden-Finland winner SATURDAY At Big Hat * Bronze medal * Gold medal
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February 27, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The NHL's investigation into the vandalism of three rooms at the Olympic Village last week in Nagano, Japan, by members of the U.S. men's hockey team continues. League spokesman Arthur Pincus said he did not know when the inquiry would be completed and said no one has been eliminated, even though several players have proclaimed themselves cleared and although sources say various players--including Gary Suter and Chris Chelios--have alibis.
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February 22, 1998 | ROSS NEWHAN
While the focus was on Brian Shimer's attempt to end the bobsled medal drought in four-man competition, Jim Herberich finished 12th in USA II. Herberich, 35 on March 8, is a Harvard graduate who works as a hydrologist with a consulting and engineering firm. He said he was leaning toward continuing his bobsled career, "But I'm not sure I want to go through this again. It's five or six months on the road every winter, and I'm getting a little old for that.
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