Originally created 02/15/02

Olympic notebook

TV listings

All times EST

NBC 4-5 p.m. ‹ Snowboard: men¹s and women¹s parallel giant slalom (qualifying).

NBC 8-11:30 p.m. ‹ Figure skating, ice dancing, compulsory routine. Snowboard: men¹s and women¹s parallel giant slalom (finals). Hockey, men: U.S. vs. Finland. Luge: doubles final. Nordic combined: team 5K relay.

 NBC 12:05-1:35 a.m. ‹ Hockey, men: U.S. vs. Finland (conclusion)

 MSNBC 1-6 p.m. ‹ Ice hockey, men: Russia vs. Bulgaria. Cross country: women¹s pursuit. Curling, men: U.S. vs. France.

 CNBC 6 p.m.-midnight ‹ Ice hockey, men: Canada vs. Sweden; Czech Republic vs. Germany; U.S. vs. Finland (to be concluded on NBC).

Woofing down the dogs

The Salt Lake Organizing Committee began to allow spectators to bring their own food Thursday to the outdoor venues.

The reason? The entire Olympic stockpile of 400,000 hot dogs were consumed during the first five days. Food, however, is only allowed in clear plastic bags.

A future in hockey?

Canadian figure skater Jamie Sale, part of the pairs team involved in the Games¹ greatest controversy, appeared on ³Larry King Live² Wednesday night and she made note of the warm-up collision between her and Anton Sikharuylidze.

³Members of our women¹s hockey team (Canada) are talking about suiting me up,² she said. ³They said it was a good hit.²

Today¹s Olympic lesson

Time for a music lesson, which may be one of the most critical but often overlooked aspects of figure skating.

The background music frames all the jumps, spins, spirals and strangely named antics you see. Basically, a skater doesn¹t want to put either the crowd or the judges to sleep. It¹s part of the artistic presentation, which is a major grade. Getting the crowd clapping and into the performance, just like at a basketball game, has been known to influence judges. As been seen already, much can influence judges.

One of the major conflicts in skating judging is how Europeans and westerns view the vague concept of artistry. The European judges tend to like classic music, ballet and formal costumes. Western judges generally like more modern music, dance and bright costumes.

Story time

Jayne Torville and Christopher Dean were two of the greatest ice dancers in Olympic history. They became instant celebrities in Great Britain after they earned the first perfect scores in Olympic history at Sarajevo in 1984.

But the judges didn¹t always like them. They didn¹t like them because the British pair was accused of doing some illegal maneuvers in a sport whose rules are as strict as dating at some priviate schools. Torville and Dean finished behind two Russian couples in one of the most exciting competitions in the sport¹s history. About 23 million people watched the event in Great Britain and officials there reported a major power surge throughout the country immediately after the results were announced. It was attributed to the great number of people turning on their stoves for a pot of tea to fight off the stress.

Love was in the air

As part of a special Valentine's Day promotion by Coca-Cola, about 100 couples renewed their wedding vows Thursday morning in Olympic Medals Plaza.


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