- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2002

From combined dispatches
Belarusian ski jumper Andrej Lyskovec apparently enjoyed his visit to the United States so much he didn't want to go home to Minsk right away.
Problem was, he didn't tell his delegation he was staying.
Lyskovec was last seen by teammates Sunday, sending officials scurrying Monday when he didn't show up to meet his coach for their flight home.
The team reported him missing to the FBI and local police.
"We found that he was not in the village three or four hours before the departure," said delegation administrator Natalia Kotlyarova. "Then we were waiting for him at the airport, hoping he'd come. We called his wife, but she also had no idea."
His wife finally solved the mystery. Police spoke to her Tuesday and she said her husband had called to tell her he was remaining in the United States for a few months.
Lyskovec was 42nd in the K90 individual jumps on Feb.10 and failed to qualify in the K120 two days later.

DeCosta to start in goal
Four years after she was bumped from the goalie rotation in Nagano, Sara DeCosta is expected to start in the gold medal game of the Olympic women's hockey tournament.
U.S. coach Ben Smith said he would continue alternating his goaltenders, meaning DeCosta will face Canada today in the gold medal game instead of Sarah Tueting, who beat Sweden 4-0 in the semifinal for her second career Olympic shutout.
If Tueting wants to know how to handle her disappointment, she need look no farther than DeCosta, who watched from the bench when Tueting beat Canada 3-1 to with the gold medal in 1998.

Rudy pays a visit
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be in town over the weekend for the end of the Games.
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt invited Giuliani to a reception for world leaders at the state capitol Sunday morning. A spokesman for the governor said Giuliani seemed a perfect fit for the Olympics.
Giuliani also will present the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award recognizing athletes who have overcome adversity shortly after the Games.
Eldredge makes it official
As expected, American Todd Eldredge officially retired from Olympic-eligible figure skating, and also announced that he will skip next month's world championships and move into the tour-dominated pro level. He still hopes to compete in pro events, but he is done with the Olympic grind.
This time, for good.
"Was I content with what I'd done in the sport?" he said. "I thought about everything and I came to the conclusion this is really the place, the fans standing and going crazy, that's the way to finish it off."
Eldredge, 30, finished sixth at these Games.

Unsung hero
As busy parents know, a dependable baby sitter is as good as gold.
As Derek Parra raced to a gold medal in 1,500-meter speedskating, his wife, Tiffany , cheered wildly in the stands. Afterward, she was quick to credit the person who made it possible for her to be there.
Tiffany's sister, Heather Stephens , was back home in Florida watching the Parras' 2-month-old daughter, Mia Elizabeth .
"She's been my rock," Tiffany said of her sister.

Snowmelt?
Global warming may become a problem for future Winter Olympics, the head of a world environmental group said.
"There is no more weather-dependent event than the Olympic Winter Games, and they are at risk," said Jonathan Lash , president of the World Resources Institute.
He believes effects of high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere already are taking their toll on certain areas of the Alps.
"Ski areas that previously could be depended on for fabulous conditions by December and January now have green slopes where formerly giant slaloms took place," he said.

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