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March 25 olympic games

March 22, 2001

Consider these events



Let the games begin...

Everyone knows about the big-ticket items that will be in Salt Lake City in February - the figure skating, hockey and skiing.

But what about the other sports? There will be, after all, about 78 medal events during the games. Here's a glimpse at some of the lesser-known sports that will unfold in the shadow of the Great Salt Lake.

Biathlon - This event, which began in 1980, combines skiing and marksmanship. Competitors ski various times around a pre-determined course, stopping twice to fire at targets.

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Men and women each compete in sprint, pursuit, individual and relay versions of the biathlon. It will be contested at Soldier Hollow, a 1,280-acre section of Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Curling - Making its second appearance at the Winter Games, curling is a competition between two teams with four players per side. Each team takes turns pushing a 42-pound stone toward a series of concentric circles.

The object is to get the stone as close to the center of the circles as possible, and the team with the most points at the end of a match wins.

Competition will be among 10 teams in men's and women's divisions. Curling will take place in Ogden, Utah, 35 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Luge - Men, women and double's teams compete in this event, which sends competitors down a track. Single lugers make four runs down the track, teams make two runs. The fastest total time wins.

Luge competition will take place at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

Short Track - Speed skating on a short track makes up this set of events. Men and women compete in 500 meter, 1,000 meter and 1,500 meter races. Men's relay is 5,000 meters, women's relay is 3,000 meters.

The 1,500-meter race will be the first in Olympic competition. Short track will share the ice with figure skating competitions at Salt Lake Ice Center, where the National Basketball Association Utah Jazz also plays its home games.

Skeleton - Men's skeleton is making its first appearance at the Winter Olympics since 1948. Women's skeleton is making its debut.

The rules are simple: Fastest aggregate time over two runs wins. The only catch: Unlike luge, where sledders glide feet first, competitors in skeleton speed down the track head first.

Like luge and bobsleigh competitions, skeleton will take place at Utah Olympic Park.

Snowboarding - Men and women will compete in halfpipe and parallel giant slalom events. Snowboarding made its Olympic debut at the 1998 Nagano, Japan, games.

Park City Mountain Resort in Park City will host snowboarding events.

- Source: www.saltlake2002.com

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