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Published February 5, 1998
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).