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              Tara Lipinski's mother, Pat, and U.S. Figure Skating
         Association VP James Disbrow "protested that Tara had been
         snubbed" yesterday after Michelle Kwan was selected by the
         USOC to present an Olympic team jacket to President Clinton
         during an Olympic ceremony at the White House, according to
         Amy Shipley of the WASHINGTON POST.  Disbrow: "I certainly
         think the gold medalist is the one recognized as the Olympic
         champion.  Certainly, I think our association, the USFA,
         would know the protocol of any ceremony."  Pat Lipinski: "My
         federation is in total shock. ... Tara is the epitome of the
         Olympics.  She is the one who was there."  Kwan was the only
         athlete given the opportunity to speak at the event.  Kwan
         was a late replacement for Picabo Street who could not
         travel due to a knee injury.  USOC Dir of PR Mike Moran said
         that there was "no intent to shun anyone," adding only that
         with the promotion of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake
         City a priority, the USOC "preferred to honor an athlete
         intending on competing in those Games."  Tara Lipinski: "I
         had a great day. I met the president. It was wonderful"
         (WASHINGTON POST, 4/30).  Pat Lipinski: "Don't you think
         it's a terrible thing for them to do to poor Tara?  It's
         been like this for poor Tara.  It's a terrible thing"
         (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 4/30).

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              In UT, Lisa Riley Roche reported that "under pressure"
         to find a sports director for the 2002 Winter Games "fast,"
         SLOC leaders have ruled out "leading candidate" Steve
         Hatchell.  Hatchell is "on his way out" as Big 12 Conference
         Commissioner "amid allegations of workplace harassment"
         (DESERET NEWS, 4/29). In Salt Lake, Mike Gorrell reports
         that IOC officials encouraged SLOC organizers to "step up
         hiring people" to run the overall and individual sports
         programs at the 2002 Games (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 4/30).

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