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'98 OLYMPIC SKATING FIELD ON THIN ICE?

     The deadline for figure skaters to apply for reinstatement
of their eligibility for the Int'l Skating Union (ISU) is this
Saturday.  And, what happens as the deadline nears "may may have
a lot to do with how the figure skating shapes up" at the '98
Winter Games in Nagano.  To "help sort out the situation," the
ISU is "trying to persuade" Olympic gold medal winner Oksana
Baiul to apply for reinstatement.   If she fails to apply, it
would leave the ISU without a "big-name women's star," possibly
forcing the federation to "throw open" the Nagano Games to all
skaters (Jody Meacham, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/36).
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