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  • LIPINSKI FALTERS AT NATIONALS, COULD STILL GO TO OLYMPICS

              Tara Lipinski "took a nasty fall to place fourth" in
         the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships
         yesterday, according to USA TODAY's Debbie Becker.  The next
         chapter "comes in Saturday night's final event, when the
         U.S. champion is crowned and three women are named to the
         Olympic team" (USA TODAY, 1/9).  In Boston, John Powers
         reports that even if Lipinski doesn't finish in the top
         three, the USFSA's int'l committee "could vote her onto the
         team based on her results over the past two seasons."  But
         Nicole Bobek, currently in second place, said, "Whoever
         places what here, they should be sent" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9).
              NOTES: Campbell's spokesperson Kevin Lowery, on the
         company's decision to feature Lipinski, Kwan and Bobek on
         soup cans even though the Olympic squad is not yet set and
         one of the three could be left off the team: "This is our
         campaign.  We would not change it."  Lowery said that the
         three were chosen because of their name recognition, and
         added, "This is not at all a campaign about who's going to
         the next level.  This is a way to help personify our
         interest in creating awareness about U.S. figure skating"
         (Ken Rosenthal, Baltimore SUN, 1/9)....In Philadelphia,
         Francesca Chapman reports that "women vastly outnumber the
         men" in attending the skating championships.  CBS Sports
         Producer David Winner estimates figure skating's audience to
         be about 60% female (DAILY NEWS, 1/9)....USA TODAY's Debbie
         Becker reports that an Olympic title for Kwan or Lipinski
         would be worth more than $15M in performance and appearance
         fees, "particularly if they delay turning professional and
         compete in the 2002 Olympics" (USA TODAY, 1/9).
    
    

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