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February 15, 1998 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Everywhere a visitor roams in this prefectural capital on the drooping lip of the Japan Alps, the question is the same. "How do you like Nagano?" From restaurant counters, behind which cooks slyly offer foreigners free tastes of various inedibles, to the teeming Gondo-chi bazaar district, to the narrow streets that give way to the snowy hills. "You like Nagano?" Whatever the true answer, it is best to return the overwhelming politeness of the locals and admit that Nagano is the perfect location for the XVIII Winter Olympics, which reach a halfway point today.
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February 16, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Spring came to Nagano on Friday. Skies were blue, temperatures high, and on the horizon, snow-topped mountains pressed closer to the city. Around the Big Hat arena in the hours before an Olympic hockey doubleheader, tourists and residents filled the Western-flavored streets. Swedish hockey fans camped outside a McDonald's. Clusters of Japanese waited in line at a Denny's. And uniformed hawkers enticed passersby into the Coca-Cola Center with shouts of "Hot drinks inside. " At one of Nagano's many green-screened batting cages, a lone young man took his cuts against a mechanical pitcher.
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February 11, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Eric Lindros and some of his Team Canada pals went out for dinner on their first night in Nagano. "We had fish - no sushi, though," the Flyers and Team Canada captain reported after a brisk 90-minute practice today (last night in the United States). At the restaurant, Lindros and some of the larger members of the group also opted for a chair at a table, rather than sitting on the floor in traditional Japanese style, and he eschewed chopsticks. But Lindros, who has five companions in a suite of rooms that share two bathrooms, said he was enjoying himself, and felt rested and confident.
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February 12, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
NBC's average for the first three evening telecasts was a 20.3 national household rating and a 33 share, a 23 percent increase over the numbers CBS posted after the first three days of the 1998 Games at Nagano (16.5 rating/27 share). The numbers for Sunday's coverage, however, were down a bit when compared to 1998. NBC posted a 17.6/27 two nights ago, down from the 20.2/30 CBS had on its first Sunday at Nagano. As expected, there was a big drop in TV viewership from the record-setting Opening Ceremony on Friday to Saturday's first night of competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1999 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Since performance-enhancing compounds are forbidden to athletes competing in the quadrennial Games, let's not call the experience of watching Olympic Glory, a 40-minute kaleidoscope of the 1998 Nagano event, speed skating on steroids. Let's call it pure cinematic adrenaline. As an exaltation of the athletic and the physical, Olympic Glory is no match for Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia (1936). And as a historic document, it is dwarfed both by Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad (1966) and that multi-director Visions of Eight (1973)
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February 1, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the days before the Winter Games last came to Japan, to Sapporo in 1972, Avery Brundage caused a riot in Vienna's sedate streets. The dictatorial International Olympic Committee president, angered by creeping commercialism, banned Karl Schranz from competing in Sapporo because the world-renowned Austrian skier had appeared in a magazine advertisement. Twenty-six years later, the Winter Olympics return to Japan. Brundage is dead and discredited, and so is his cherished notion of amateurism.
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February 12, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dozens of shoes are lined up carefully in the lobby of a building along one of Nagano's many nameless streets. Above them, visitors' slippers fill the slots of a fine-wood cabinet, and a delicate charcoal drawing, a suiboko-ga, decorates one wall. This neat commercial entranceway looks like many others in midtown Nagano. All that seems out of place is the life-size cutout of Wayne Gretzky and the sign above it that says "What an NHL Fantastic World!" An arrow points to a second-floor room that is home to "The Hockeynuts Plaza '98," a hybrid museum/shrine/gallery devoted to a sport one would rarely connect with a country where the most ubiquitous thing on ice is raw fish.
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March 7, 1998 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
USA Hockey will try to shame the guilty parties into coming forward with letters to the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team detailing how disgraceful conduct in Nagano had tarnished the organization. The organization mailed letters to all 23 members of the team yesterday. After the American team was eliminated from the Olympic tournament by a quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic, some members of the all-NHL U.S. team went on a rampage, damaging rooms, breaking furniture and emptying fire extinguishers - and throwing one from a fifth-floor window.
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February 9, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The U.S. women's team lost to favorite Canada, and Sweden, Britain and Germany won their first games as curling made its Olympic debut as a medal sport in Karuizawa, Japan. The United States opened with one point in the first end, but Canada scored two in the second, three in the fourth and two in the fifth and went on to a 7-6 victory. Sweden beat Norway 8-2, Britain defeated Japan 7-5 and Denmark beat Germany in the final end 6-5. Curling, popular in Canada, Scandinavia and the upper Midwest, had been a non-medal demonstration sport at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics before being elevated to full status for this year's games.
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February 4, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Nagano, a quiet mountain town that looks a little like Scranton, isn't quite sure what to make of this week's deluge of foreigners from an estimated 70 countries, leading up to Friday night's Opening Ceremonies of the XVIII Winter Olympic Games, which actually will take place Saturday morning in Japan. Volunteers and other local residents seem to be going out of their way to be friendly and helpful, even if they don't always understand, exactly, what they are being asked, or why, by people whose ways are quite different from theirs.
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February 9, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Come Monday, Peter DeLuca and Gary Dorshimer will be returning to the stone age of medicine. They will say goodbye to electronic records. For the next week and a half, it's back to old-fashioned pen and paper. And they will bid farewell to their phones. No calling the office to check Mrs. Jones' vital signs. DeLuca, the Flyers' team orthopedist, and Dorshimer, the team doctor, are set to ship out Sunday afternoon to Sochi, Russia, where they will represent the NHL as doctors at the Winter Olympic Games.
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July 7, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics yesterday after failing in two previous attempts. Pyeongchang defeated rivals Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee. Needing 48 votes for victory, Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast. Munich received 25 and Annecy seven. A majority was required for victory, meaning Pyeongchang received at least 48 votes among the eligible 95 voters.
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February 12, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
NBC's average for the first three evening telecasts was a 20.3 national household rating and a 33 share, a 23 percent increase over the numbers CBS posted after the first three days of the 1998 Games at Nagano (16.5 rating/27 share). The numbers for Sunday's coverage, however, were down a bit when compared to 1998. NBC posted a 17.6/27 two nights ago, down from the 20.2/30 CBS had on its first Sunday at Nagano. As expected, there was a big drop in TV viewership from the record-setting Opening Ceremony on Friday to Saturday's first night of competition.
SPORTS
February 8, 2002 | By Bob Ford INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was really only one problem for Jennifer Rodriguez when she decided to make the switch from in-line and roller-skating competition to learn how to be a speedskater on the ice. Actually, there were two problems, but the first was that she had to move from Miami, where she had lived all her life, to Milwaukee. "I just remember walking from the car to the rink and it was so cold, and you had on all the clothes you owned and it was, like, 5 or 6 in the morning," Rodriguez said.
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February 8, 2002 | By Bob Ford INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was considered the most memorable Olympic day in U.S. luge history. Of course, it also was the only memorable Olympic day in U.S. luge history. When they held the doubles competition in Nagano, Japan, four years ago, the German team took the gold medal. That wasn't a shock. But sliding in behind to grab the silver and bronze medals were two U.S. teams, Chris Thorpe and Gordy Sheer, and Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin. Before that competition, the United States had been 0-for-forever in Olympic luge events.
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June 17, 1999 | By Rick Jervis, FOR THE INQUIRER
The word pulsing through this medieval Czech town is not beer or politics or even Kosovo. It's the "Dominator. " Pardubice, a mostly agricultural town 65 miles east of Prague, is lit with NHL fever and glowing with pride these days over its most famed former resident, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik "The Dominator" Hasek. In the "Town Where Hasek Lived," there are Sabres jerseys hanging in store windows and on the backs of youths. Residents struggle to stay awake to watch the NHL finals, where the Sabres are locked in a 2-2 tie in games with the Dallas Stars, aired locally at the six-hour time difference of 2 a.m. And talk from the beer pubs of the 16th-century Old Town Square to the shops of Palackeho Street is Dominator-dominated.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1999 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Since performance-enhancing compounds are forbidden to athletes competing in the quadrennial Games, let's not call the experience of watching Olympic Glory, a 40-minute kaleidoscope of the 1998 Nagano event, speed skating on steroids. Let's call it pure cinematic adrenaline. As an exaltation of the athletic and the physical, Olympic Glory is no match for Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia (1936). And as a historic document, it is dwarfed both by Kon Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad (1966) and that multi-director Visions of Eight (1973)
SPORTS
December 15, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Mikael Renberg was carrying his dinner on a tray, heading for a seat in an Olympic dining room in Nagano, Japan, last February, when he bumped into someone he knew. Flyers president and general manager Bob Clarke was glad to see Renberg, the winger he had shipped to Tampa to complete the Chris Gratton free-agent signing six months earlier. Clarke, GM for Team Canada in Nagano, was in a much better mood than Renberg, who was playing in the Olympics for Sweden. This was a brief respite from Renberg's duties as the captain of the NHL's worst team.
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November 27, 1998 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
She doesn't know exactly how her love affair with sushi began. She thinks it was two years ago, when she first tried a California roll. Now, Khaliah Ali, 24-year-old daughter of America's most famous boxing champ, Muhummad Ali, says she can't do without it. On a recent Thursday night, I joined Ali and her sister, Jenna, an 11-year-old ice-skating prodigy, at Nagano on Chestnut Street near Front. Ali, a Main Line resident, is a regular at this modern Japanese sushi house.
SPORTS
March 11, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The Flyers aren't the only Stanley Cup finalist that has fallen on hard times. The Detroit Red Wings lost their third straight game, 6-3, last night to the visiting Boston Bruins, who scored three power play goals. Tim Taylor, a former Red Wing who was claimed by the Bruins in last year's waiver draft, had one goal and two assists for Boston. But he bears no grudge against his old team. "I don't want to put too much emphasis on getting back at the Red Wings," Taylor said.
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