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  • SALT LAKE OLYMPIC ORGANIZERS HEAD TO IOC MEETINGS

         Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) officials head to
    Olympic meetings this week in Lausanne, Switzerland, "with
    momentum on their side," according to Mike Gorrell of the SALT
    LAKE TRIBUNE.  SLOC will "be able to boast" of progress on
    "several fronts" important to the 2002 Winter Games when their
    turn comes to deliver reports to the IOC's executive board.
    "First and foremost," the SLOC has the "framework of a joint
    marketing agreement" with the USOC.  SLOC leaders will also
    inform the IOC of their hopes of "expediting" the development of
    a downhill-race course at Snowbasin and SLOC learned the '99
    Figure Skating Championships will be held at the Delta Center,
    "providing a good test event."  Gorrell notes because the Salt
    Lake Games are "still so far down the road," the state of SLOC's
    preparations are not as important as those of Nagano or Sydney
    (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/6).
         MORE FROM LAUSANNE: Philip Hersh notes that according to his
    sources, the USOC will ask for an increase in the share, now 10%,
    it receives from the Olympic rights fees paid by U.S. TV (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 10/3).
    

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  • THE OTHER ELECTION: USOC ELECTIONS CONSIDERED CLOSE

         For the first time, the election of the USOC president will
    be contested, according to Mike Dodd of USA TODAY.  The
    presidential race marks the "most bitter public split in the
    organization's history and spotlights the lingering cloud over
    the nomination process."  The candidates include Bill Hybl, an
    interim president in '91-92 and the nominee of the USOC
    nominating committee, and Michael Lenard, a USOC VP and the first
    to run against the nominating committee's candidate for
    president.  Hybl "welcomes" the competition, noting, "I think it
    moves the USOC to a new plateau of being inclusive and more
    democratic, rather than have a slate everyone votes for."  The
    controversy of Hybl's nomination stems from grants his El Pomar
    Foundation offered two members of the nominating committee (USA
    TODAY, 10/8).  The vote is October 27 in Indianapolis, and
    according to Mike Spence in Colorado, "some USOC observers are
    predicting a complete repudiation of the organization's
    nominating process" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, 10/6).
    

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