January 28, 1998 |
When Motoichi Godo was 17, he didn't think he would live out the year. A new recruit in the summer of 1945, he was assigned to a unit of human torpedoes, the Japanese Imperial Navy's version of the notorious kamikaze. But Japan's surrender saved his life. And Godo, now 69, is to play a special role in what he sees as a major celebration of world peace--the Nagano Winter Olympics.
February 15, 1998 |
Jerod Swallow got very good marks from the judges after the American ice dancer and his partner, Elizabeth Punsalan, performed a compulsory routine. Why were the judges so kind when they punched in those scores? "I have no control over the fingers of the panel," Swallow said. "I guess we're skating for a more divine judge than the nine judges who are out there." Here's hoping for more 5.8s and 5.9s from the Judge Upstairs. JUST ONE QUESTION: WHY A YELLOW ROCK?
February 23, 1998 |
As a 37-year baseball writer--yes, I remember when there was a commissioner--my mantra during the Winter Olympics was, "I could have been in Scottsdale." I said it while putting on four layers of clothing in the morning and while still writing at 2 a.m., thinking how I might be having a nightcap at the Pink Pony, Arizona's renowned gathering spot for baseball literati and management personnel.
February 7, 1998 |
Gentlemen, start your luges! As evident from the drab-uniformed Americans and other global jocks tramping through austere Minami Nagano Sports Park on Friday night, it's that time again. Time for the Zenkoji Temple's bonging bell, the ceremonial raising of sacred pillars, pot-bellied sumo wrestlers throwing their weight around, singing snow children and another opening-rite telecast on CBS, which aims to translate its 2 1/2-week ode to sponsors into Olympian profits.
February 1, 1998 |
Call it Winter Olympics 101. In preparation for the XVIII Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the CBS hosts, analysts and reporters have been hitting the books and working with researchers to learn everything they need to know about the 17-day athletic competition, which begins Friday.
February 7, 1998 |
Laboring and hobbling on an artificial right leg, hoisting the Olympic torch in his left hand because it was the only one available, Chris Moon slowly made his way into Minami Nagano Sports Park. He strained but did not stumble, jogging awkwardly but relentlessly, pressing onward without the right leg and the right hand he lost in a land-mine explosion in 1995. With the same lurching gait, Moon, a 35-year-old Englishman, completed the 1996 London Marathon in 5 hours 39 minutes.