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  • IOC GIVES HIGH MARK TO SALT LAKE AND QUEBEC FOR 2002 GAMES

         The IOC's Evaluation Commission gave high marks yesterday to
    Salt Lake City and Quebec as they emerged as the front runners in
    the nine-city race for the 2002 Winter Games.  An IOC report
    evaluating each city's bid praised Salt Lake for "it's excellent
    financial plan, information technology network and media
    facilities."  The report did not rate the candidates, but Salt
    Lake was given the highest praise.  Quebec was cited for its
    financial plan, indoor facilities, and strong environmental
    protection attitude (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/21).  Ostersund, Sweden,
    was given good marks, but there were questions regarding security
    and the environmental impact of the bobsled track.  Graz,
    Austria, also considered a final four contender, was seen as
    having problems with the financial plan.  Salt Lake Mayor Dee Dee
    Corradini: "We knew all along we had a very strong bid."  The
    field will be narrowed to four candidates on January 24, with the
    final vote June 16 (Mike Dodd, USA TODAY, 12/21).
    

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