- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2002

From combined dispatches
A shoulder injury dashed the Olympic dreams of a young wrestler named Donald Rumsfeld. Now secretary of defense, his Olympic moment arrived yesterday.
Here to visit troops helping in a $310million security effort, Rumsfeld congratulated the soldiers and spent time with athletes.
Rumsfeld stood and applauded as U.S. speedskater Derek Parra won gold, breaking a world record in the 1,500 meters. The medal gave the United States 20 at the Games, meeting the goal set by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Later Rumsfeld watched the U.S. women's hockey team play Sweden in the semifinals.
"This is not a man who takes much time off from national security," Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said.
But yesterday, Rumsfeld seemed to catch some of the Olympic spirit.
"This is so exciting," he said.
Rumsfeld congratulated U.S. snowboarder Chris Klug , who was inside an Olympic village gift shop when the Rumsfeld strolled through.
"He told me he was proud of me," Klug said, his medal hanging around his neck.
Klug competed in the Olympics 19 months after a liver transplant and won a bronze medal in the parallel giant slalom.
There are more military troops in Utah for the Games than there are in Afghanistan. The Olympic security force includes about 4,500 military personnel, most of them from National Guard units around the country. Around 4,000 Americans are stationed in Afghanistan.
Clarke said Rumsfeld was close to a berth on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team as a young man, but a separated shoulder kept him from qualifying for the Games.
Rumsfeld said he hopes there will come a time when his troops won't be needed for domestic security.
"One would hope the world would calm down a little bit," he said.

3 countries doth protest
The Russian Olympic Committee sent a letter to the head of the International Ski Federation complaining of biased judging in women's freestyle aerials.
Russian Olga Koroleva led after the first jump of the final Monday, but slipped to fourth after the second jump. Australia's Alisa Camplin won the event ahead of two Canadians, Veronica Brenner and Deidra Dionne .
"We haven't lodged an official protest. We simply sent a letter to FIS in hopes of shedding some light into the judging process, which we consider unfair," Russian Olympic Committee spokesman Ghennady Shvets told the Associated Press.
FIS freestyle committee chairman Chris Robinson said the rules don't allow scores to be protested, and the FIS "felt the judging was very good."
Koroleva got the second-best raw score of the day on her second jump. But the degree of difficulty on the jump was much lower, causing her to fall to fourth.
Also, Germany protested the results of both the men's and women's cross-country sprints, but a panel of judges denied that racers ahead of the Germans had improperly changed lanes.
In the women's 1.5-kilometer final, Norway's Anita Moen won the bronze, but only after she appeared to drift into the inside lane belonging to Germany's Claudia Kuenzel . With Moen briefly in her path, Kuenzel finished fourth.
Norway won the men's final, as Tor Arne Hetland pulled away from German Peter Schlickenrieder to win gold. Each of the four racers must stay in his own lane, and Germany claimed Hetland veered into Schlickenrieder's path.
And the Lithuanians who finished fifth in ice dancing filed a protest questioning the judging, adding to the growing controversy in Olympic figure skating.
Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas don't expect to win their appeal but said they came forward to generate publicity and expose judging inconsistencies that long have cast a cloud over the legitimacy of ice dancing.
They said they were emboldened by the case of Canadian pairs skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier , who were awarded a second set of gold medals after a furor about the judging in their competition.

Heiden's view
Eric Heiden , who won five speedskating golds at the 1980 Olympics, believes sports that need judges shouldn't be in the Olympics and he isn't crazy about some of the games' newer events.
Such as freestyle skiing aerials.
"The consequences of a poor jumper are drastic. I worry about introducing some of these sports with a high risk factor," said Heiden, an orthopedic surgeon who serves as a team doctor for the U.S. speedskaters.
Heiden's comments came earlier this week, before American Eric Bergoust took a scary-looking tumble in the aerials on yesterday.
Bergoust, the 1998 gold medalist, was ahead on the judges' cards after the first jump but landed awkwardly on his second, smacking his head and shoulders against the snow. He wasn't seriously hurt but finished 12th and last in the final.
Heiden realizes spectators like some of the games' new extreme events.
"Americans are used to immediate rewards. People in America go to NASCAR to see the crashes, they go to hockey games to see the fights. I don't like to see sports where people risk their lives, but that's America," he said.

Silver buckle
The day after rallying with a dramatic final slalom run to capture a silver medal in the men's combined event, Bode Miller made a quick trip to Los Angeles to appear on the "Tonight Show" last week.
On his way back, the plane stopped at Las Vegas and Miller had to go through a security checkpoint. His publicist, Rodney Corey , had the silver medal in his pocket and set off the alarm.
So Corey took the medal out of his pocket and placed it in a plastic tray for inspection. Seeing the shiny object, a national guardsman said "Man, that's a cool belt buckle."

Hot ice ticket
Fred Benjamin , president of U.S. speedskating, hoped to get his children better seats for tonight's short-track races at the Salt Lake Ice Center.
Then he found out that even upper-deck tickets which his children have are going for up to $650 apiece. Face value is $40.
"They're not getting into the lower decks," Benjamin quipped. "This has got to be the hottest ticket at the games, other than figure skating."
Sellout crowds of more than 15,000 jammed the arena for the first two nights of short track. The sport's popularity intensified after Saturday night's thrilling 1,000 meters, in which Apolo Anton Ohno was taken down in a last-lap crash that also wiped out three other skaters.
Ohno still picked up a silver and will be back today in the 1,500 to go for his second Olympic medal.

Aussie gold
No typo, that's sun-splashed Australia with two Winter Olympics golds, alpine-ed Austria with one.
Camplin won the women's freestyle aerials Monday to give the Aussies a second Olympic gold medal in three days.
Australia had never won a Winter Olympic gold until Steven Bradbury , in the easiest victory of the games, skated past the wreckage of four faster rivals to take the 1,000-meter speedskating title Saturday night.
Australia's only two medals so far are gold; winter sports power Austria has 13 medals at these games.

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