February 12, 1994 |
No promises, but there could be a spectacular sight at today's official opening of the XVII Olympic Winter Games. No. Tonya and Nancy will not kiss and make up in a moose-drawn sleigh. Bigger than that. Northern Lights. "If the weather remains clear and dry," said Borre Holmeslet of the Northern Lights Observatory in Tromso, "there could be a possibility. " Even without such a natural wonder, this two-week sports and entertainment extravaganza will begin with snow trolls and Vikings; a good-sized herd of reindeer; folk dancers; air acrobats; a flame-bearing ski jumper; actress Liv Ullman; a thousand kids, and one king.
February 10, 1994 |
With the fanfare of an Olympic event, seventh- and eighth-grade students from around Chester County went to Great Valley High School Saturday to match their math skills in the ninth annual Mathcounts competition. More than 180 middle school students came with sharpened pencils and scratch paper to test their knowledge in written and oral exams. The "mathletes" had to compete against each other and the clock. For most of them, that wasn't a problem. Before one could say "square root," they had the answer at the tip of their pencils.
February 24, 1992 |
Paul Tsongas almost got nuked yesterday. But it may be Tom Harkin who gets vaporized. Tsongas, the former Massachusetts senator who last week won a surprise victory in New Hampshire, finished in a virtual tie with maverick Jerry Brown in Democratic presidential caucuses in next-door Maine yesterday. Brown mobilized environmental activists by targeting Tsongas' support for nuclear power. Tsongas ended the day in South Dakota, taking shots from rival candidates during a cantankerous debate in Sioux Falls before the state's presidential primary tomorrow.
January 1, 2012
The NHL announced that Monday's Winter Classic game between the Flyers and New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park has been moved from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The league released this in a statement: The revised start time decision was based on [Monday's] weather forecast and should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans. All tickets to the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will continue to be honored and all ticket-holder agreement language remains unchanged.
March 19, 1999 |
The International Olympic Committee, which had gathered in special session to clean its scandal-ridden house, checked off its things-to-do list and declared success yesterday. If the key to a successful meeting is setting a fail-proof agenda, then the IOC knows how to run a meeting. Whether what emerged from the two-day session will provide lasting reform for the tarnished keeper of the Olympic flame could take years to determine. At least the machinery seems to be in place.
September 16, 2001 |
Baseball legend Willie Mays and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre were scheduled to be at New York's Battery Park, next to the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, on Tuesday for a 9 a.m. news conference announcing the participants in the Olympic torch relay that will lead up to next year's Salt Lake City Winter Games. The news conference was postponed, though, because Salt Lake Organizing Committee president Mitt Romney had extended a series of meetings in Washington with U.S. congressional leaders.
January 4, 1999 |
It is a sadly familiar story: The Olympic contender competes for years, falling just short of the medal. Then finally come the big victory, the jubilant celebration - and the allegations of cheating. Except in this case, the story concerns not an athlete but a city. After 3 1/2 years of reveling in its selection as the site for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City has seen its triumph marred. Four investigations are probing allegations that some members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
February 11, 2001 |
When he was just a boy, Mitt Romney would stare up at the black skeleton of the roller coaster, a swooping giant of a ride at long-gone Salt Air amusement park, adjacent to the Great Salt Lake, and think that it didn't look so scary from the ground. "But when you got to the top, it was 'Oh, boy, here we go,' " Romney said last week. "That's how it is for the Olympics. We've been cogging up to the top of the mountain, and now it's time to go. " Thursday marked the one-year-away celebration of the start of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
February 16, 2002 |
The luge run at Utah Olympic Park is a fast one on which top sleds can exceed speeds of 85 m.p.h. Yesterday, a pair of American teams seemed to find extra speed while riding the wave of cheers and noise for the length of the course. For the second straight time in the Winter Olympics, sleds representing the United States took the silver and bronze medals in luge doubles. Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin captured the silver medal, and Chris Thorpe and Clay Ives took the bronze. That gave the United States 14 medals in the Salt Lake City Games - its highest total ever in a Winter Olympics, with nine days of competition still to come.
February 5, 1992 |
The worst thing that could happen to a Winter Olympics happened yesterday. Winter. More than a foot of snow fell in a blizzard in Val d'Isere, where the men's downhill is to be held Sunday. Snow is just what the French needed for scenery and the last thing they needed as they prepared to move 730,000 spectators to downhill races and bobsled runs spread over 13 venues connected by narrow mountain roads. "It will be terrible if the weather is like this," Claude Regis said as he wiped a red trickle from his nose and inspected the damage to his Audi station wagon after its collision with a snowplow on the road down from Val d'Isere.