Countdown to the Salt Lake Olympics

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2002

OLYMPIC UPDATE: Some environmentalists say the Salt Lake Organizing Committee could have done a lot more to make the games environmentally friendly, but instead they settled for middling goals. SLOC spokeswoman Diane Conrad Gleason rejects the criticism and says: ''We met our commitments and we raised the bar on the environment compared to other games.''

MARCH TO THE MEDALS: With Americans enjoying the home-field advantage and some rising stars eager for a world stage, this could be a fine opportunity for U.S. athletes. The goal is 20 medals, seven more than the United States has ever won at a Winter Games. Speedskating, skiing and women's hockey all have strong U.S. competitors. Even U.S. bobsledders, who haven't won a medal in 46 years, have a decent shot.

CARRYING THE TORCH: The torch hits three states, with visits to Kennewick, Wash.; Baker City, Ore., and Nampa, Idaho. The Last stop for Friday is the Gem State capital, Boise, Idaho.

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