Originally created 02/16/02

Olympic notebook

TV listings for Saturday, 2-16

All times EST

NBC 1-6 p.m. -- Hockey, women: U.S. vs. Finland. Biathlon: men's 12.5K pursuit, women's 10K pursuit. Curling, women: U.S. vs. Russia. Bobsled, men: two-man (first of 4 runs).

NBC 8-11 p.m. -- Alpine skiing: men's Super G. Short track speed skating: men's 1,000, women's 500. Speed skating: men's 1,000. Freestyle skiing: men's and women's aerials (qualifying). Bobsled, men: two-man (second of 4 runs).

MSNBC 9-11 a.m. -- First week review.

CNBC 6:30 p.m.-midnight -- Hockey, men: Finland vs. Belarus. Hockey, women: Canada vs. Sweden. Curling, women: U.S. vs. Germany.

Bun there done that

Maybe these Olympics do have a large American flavor. Four days into the 17-day festival, several venues in Salt Lake City had sold out of their full supply of hot dogs. Olympic fans reportedly ate 10,000 wieners in just over half a week.

Organizers adjusted to the fans¹ appetite, however, rushing in an order for an additional 250 cases of the Olympic dogs from Wisconsin.

Cool concert, eh

Dealing publicly with their new-found status as skating's most aggrieved party since Tonya put a contract out on Nancy, Canadian pairs skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier have been popping up all over the Olympic city. Wednesday night, they even went onstage with the Barenaked Ladies at the Olympic Medals Plaza.

That actually took some courage, considering the way singer-guitarist Ed Robertson, a fellow Cannuck, was stretching the limits of the Canadian speed skating uniform he was during the performance in 25-degree weather.

Passing the Olympics in the turn

NBC, this year's "Home of the Olympics," understands that international figure skating, alpine skiing and snowboarding must step aside when an American institution demands its day in the sun.

Though the network offered two hours of coverage (3-5 p.m. EST) last Saturday and Sunday, and is offering a 1-6 p.m. program today, it has nothing scheduled Sunday until CNBC comes on with hockey at 5 p.m. and the big network does its prime-time show at 7.

Why the cutback? NBC landed the Daytona 500 this year, which means that will be shown from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The only Olympic programming you¹ll see during that time will be promos from the network until that evening's prime time show. Dale, Jr., or ice dancing? The network gets both.

Today¹s Olympic lesson

Many of America¹s athletes are more than one dimensional ‹ and music and the arts have played a vital role in much of their lives.

Sarah Tueting, the goaline for the U.S. women¹s hockey team, plays piano and cello. Tony Bernshoof, one of the top American performers in luge, plays guitar and classical piano. Becky Wilzcak, another participant in luge, is a tap dancer of note. Wendy Wagner, a cross counry skier, plays acoustic guitar.

Shannon Barhrke, a freestyle skier who won America¹s first medal at the Winter Olympics, plays trumpet in a both symphonic and jazz bands and has toured nationally. Namoi Lang, an U.S. ice dancer, has danced as a member of the Michigan Ballet Company. Her great grandmother was a violinist who performed on vaudeville.

Neat to know

Speedskating skate are hand-built and cost about $15,000 a pair. The boots are molded from casts made of the skater¹s feet and are covered with a variety of materials, including fiberglass and high-tech carbon fibers in addition to leather.

Just curious

Do figure skating judges use instant replay? Fort the first time in the Olympics, they can this year. They each have individual screens and with a push of a button, each judge can watch any individual element as many times as he wishes before posting a score. Story time

In cross country skiing, a heated exchange occurred during the women¹s event in 1992 at Albertville, France. Marjut Lutkkarinen of Finland was engaged in a tight race with Lyubov Yegorav of Russia. At one critical point in the race, Lukkarinen found a Czehoslavakian skier in her path. She did the customary shout for her slower competitor to move over.

When the rival refused to yield, Lukkarinen began whopping her about the legs with her ski pole. She finally got the message and yielded. The Finnish skiier won by 1.1 second.


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