January 30, 2002 |
A man who got inside a chain-link fence near the Olympic Village in Salt Lake City was charged yesterday with unlawfully entering a national security site. Sheldon Iver Goodman, 48, was trying to take a shortcut across the University of Utah campus on Sunday when a Secret Service agent found him inside an outermost Olympic security perimeter. Goodman climbed around a fence blocking one end of a 300-foot-long pedestrian bridge by dangling 20 feet over Wasatch Drive and swinging himself back onto the bridge on the other side of the fence.
February 20, 1998 |
The U.S. men's hockey dream team finally got physical at the Olympics, but not until after it was prematurely eliminated from the tournament. The dream-teamers, who talked for a week about how much they enjoyed staying in their spartan Olympic Village rooms, vented their frustrations by breaking up a few of the rooms. "There was a mess," said Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation. "I had information from the U.S. side something happened after the game.
February 10, 1998 |
The Canadian hockey team spent Monday night in a luxury Tokyo hotel. Hope it was enjoyable. Now the king-size beds turn to cots. The steaks turn to Soba noodles. And the eyes of the world turn to the players. Most of the more than 125 National Hockey Leaguers - including seven Flyers and their general manager, Bob Clarke - who will be taking part in the radically altered and much-anticipated Olympic tournament straggled into this remote central Japanese city last night and this morning.
May 30, 2014 |
A year after enthusiastically announcing that Philadelphia was throwing in its hat to seek the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Mayor Nutter has pulled that hat back. Citing concerns about cost and the logistics of hosting other large events here in the near future, Nutter said the timing was just not right. "The time, the effort, the fund-raising, the prospect of creating new venues . . . it is a tremendous, costly endeavor," Nutter said Wednesday. "We decided that, at this time, we would not put in or submit a bid. " The mayor notified the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this month of the city's decision not to pursue a bid to host the 2024 summer games.
July 23, 2012 |
The killer in the ski-mask, that assassin with the machine gun cradled in his left arm ... that terrorist on the balcony of the dormitory that housed the Israeli athletes and coaches ... that madman barking demands to the wide-eyed woman in the pastel jacket, armed only with a walkie-talkie ... I stood 40 yards away, on a hillside, peering through a chain-link fence, watching the 1972 Munich Olympics crumble into tragedy. The fence wasn't even child-proof. In an effort to represent joy and youth and carefree spirits and human dimensions, the Olympic security people wore sky-blue and peach-colored uniforms.
November 8, 2007 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee received confirmation from Olympic officials yesterday that there will be no restrictions on Bibles being brought into the Olympic village in Beijing next year. The USOC contacted the International Olympic Committee about the issue in response to a story posted on the Catholic News Agency Web site citing a list of prohibited items that was reported to include Bibles. That story said the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that organizers cited "security reasons" for prohibiting athletes from carrying any kind of religious symbol at Olympic facilities.
July 28, 1996 |
You could see it in their faces. You could hear it in their voices. And you could feel it from their performances. Yesterday was the busiest day of the Olympics - there were 18 events scheduled at 14 venues - and for the athletes, there was never any doubt that they would continue to compete. At dawn, some athletes were just waking up in the Olympic Village and just getting word of the bomb that exploded at the Centennial Olympic Park early yesterday morning. Others, like the members of the Dream Team, were trying to get to sleep in their hotel, which overlooks the site of the explosion.
September 18, 2004 |
Bob Knight said yesterday that the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team didn't win the gold medal in Athens last month because the players were too pampered on and off the court. The Texas Tech coach, speaking to a gathering sponsored by the San Antonio Sports Foundation, said things would have been different had he been leading the team instead of Larry Brown. For starters, the NBA stars representing the United States would not have been staying on a luxury ocean liner. "They would not have been on the Queen Mary," said Knight, who coached the U.S. men to the gold in 1984.
July 23, 2012 |
One of the biggest participants in London's Olympics will also be one of the most silent. Aramark Corp., the $13 billion catering company headquartered in Philadelphia, will serve 70,000 meals a day at the Olympic Village during peak times. That should give Aramark bragging rights over what must be a monumental logistical task. But it can't happen, not if Aramark, now handling its 16th Olympics, wants to retain its supplier status in the future. Lloyd Evans, a spokesman with the Olympic Committee in London explained in an e-mail: "As you may or may not [know]
February 14, 2002 |
Getting to the Olympics went really smoothly. I was met at my gate at the airport and escorted a short ways to where I got my credential, right there on the concourse. Within 25 minutes after landing, I was in the Olympic Village. The security is tight, just as I'd heard. There is a lot of military in the village. We're in some nice, new dorms at the University of Utah. Each suite has four bedrooms, two players to a bedroom, eight to a suite. Johnny LeClair is my roommate; I don't know yet who all the other guys in the suite will be. Some NHL teams had games last night, so most of the guys aren't here yet. The only thing bad about the rooms is there isn't much closet space.