Originally created 02/24/02

Olympics notebook



STARS

-Johann Muehlegg, Spain: Won his third gold of the games with a victory in the 50-kilometer classical cross-country race.

-Claudia Pechstein, Germany: Set world record in winning 5,000-meter speedskating, her third consecutive Olympic title in the event and second gold of these games.

-Jean-Pierre Vidal, France: Took slalom gold just ahead of teammate Sebastien Amiez. Alain Baxter got bronze, Britain's first Alpine medal ever.

WEATHER

Overcast, high of 51 in mountains, 56 in Salt Lake City.

CONTROVERSIES

-USOC president Sandy Baldwin accused Russian Olympic chief Vitaly Smirnov of waging an "anti-American" crusade by complaining about judging and refereeing. Smirnov denied that the protests were anti-American.

-An arbitration panel dismissed a South Korean protest that would have stripped American Apolo Anton Ohno of his short-track speedskating gold and given it to Kim Dong-sung, who was disqualified for illegally blocking Ohno.

HOCKEY

Alexei Kovalev had two goals and an assist to lead Russia to the bronze medal with a 7-2 victory over Belarus.

OTHER AMERICANS

-Cross-Country 50 kilometers: John Bauer 35th, Andrew Johnson 53rd; Justin Wadsworth did not finish, Patrick Weaver did not start.

-Speedskating 5,000 meters: Catherine Raney ninth, Annie Driscoll 14th.

-Slalom: Chip Knight 12th, Erik Schlopy 14th, Bode Miller 25th, Tom Rothrock did not finish.

MAGIC NUMBER

Americans have 30 medals - 10 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze. Their goal was 20, and their previous winter high was 13.

WHAT'S NEXT

The United States faces Canada in what is expected to be the most watched hockey game in history. ... The women's 30-kilometer cross-country classical race is the only other medal event. ... The closing ceremony lineup includes Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Harry Connick Jr., KISS, 'N Sync, and Charlotte Church and Josh Groban. The 2,500 athletes will march into the stadium with whomever they like, rather than by nations.

QUOTE

"If I had backed off and I came down in fifth place or sixth place, I think I would have been really disappointed." American Bode Miller after falling twice on his final run to finish 25th in the slalom.



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