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OLYMPIC NOTES

          Dr. Dave Lewis, who oversees the NHL/NHLPA Substance
     Abuse program, said he has "no concerns" about NHL athletes
     participating in the Games in regards to possibly testing
     positive for using Sudafed (NHL).  The Coyotes' Jeremy
     Roenick said players will have "no problem," and added, "We
     have been aware of it this season" (USA TODAY, 2/5)....In
     San Jose, Mike Guersch examined the NHL's "Big Gamble" of
     participating in the Olympics: "The outcome of the NHL
     Olympics experiment won't really be known until the middle
     of the next decade" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/4). ....While
     women's ice hockey makes its debut as a medal sport, several
     "top" Olympians said "they aren't counting on seeing pro
     paychecks any time soon."  Team USA's Sandra Whyte: "Maybe
     after the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.  But right now,
     we're definitely behind where women's basketball is."  U.S.
     Women's coach Ben Smith: "I'd say we're still a ways away
     from a successful pro league" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS,
     2/5)....SLOC is "receptive" to proposals to add women's ski
     jumping and bobsled to the 2002 Games.  IOC President Juan
     Antonio Samaranch said any new sport wishing admission to
     the Games "must comprise women's events" (USA TODAY, 2/5).
          NOTES: The FINANCIAL TIMES features a special pull-out
     section on the Games, with specials on financing the Games,
     sponsorship, and "the fight to host the games" (FT, 2/5).
     ...Eastman Kodak "expects its spending" at the Winter
     Olympics "to cut its earnings per share" by $.05 in the
     first quarter (REUTERS, 2/5)....Jacques Roggs, "touted by
     some Olympic insiders as a future candidate" for the
     presidency of the IOC, has won a seat on the IOC's Executive
     Board (KYODO NEWS, 2/5)....REUTERS looks at live coverage of
     the Games on the Web, as sports sites will be "unencumbered
     by the same time and production constraints" of CBS. 
     CNNSI.com Marketing Dir Hart Hooten: "If you don't want to
     know what's going on before you watch TV at night, you
     shouldn't come to the site" (REUTERS, 2/5). 

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