The Albertville File

February 12, 1992

STARTED TOO SOON:

Heidi Zurbriggen, only now emerging from the giant shadow cast by brother Pirmin, was disqualifed from the women's combined downhill today.

A jury ruled that the 25-year-old Swiss woman, who placed ninth in the run, had started too soon. Skiers are given three seconds of leeway either side of the assigned set-off time.

"It is too bad but there is nothing I can do about it," said Zurbriggen. "I was pleased with my run."

Big brother Pirmin, the 1988 Olympic downhill champion and 1985 world gold medalist, retired after winning his fourth overall World Cup title in 1990, but will be present to cheer Heidi on for the downhill.

KEEP THE TESTS:

Women athletes at the Winter Olympics have signed a petition calling for controversial sex tests to be retained, Olympic officials said today.

The chemical test used by the International Olympic Committee on female athletes were attacked as unreliable by the French doctors' ethics commission on the eve of the Games and government ministers asked the IOC to reconsider it.

But IOC information director Michele Verdier said all women athletes at the Games had now been screened without problem.

"We have heard many positive comments from the female athletes about the test. The majority have signed a petition asking for them to be carried on," she said.

Verdier said the IOC intended to use the test at the Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Games despite continuing criticism from the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

On the tube

TODAY'S VIEWING

CBS: CHS. 11 AND 9

8-11 p.m. (taped) -- Women's 1,500-meter speedskating; combined downhill; luge; freestyle skiing (moguls).

11:30 p.m.-midnight -- Wrapup of day's events.

TNT

1-6 p.m. -- Biathlon, figure skating, hockey, luge, alpine skiing, speedskating.

MEDAL LEADERS

(Through Today's Events)

Nation ... G ... S ... B ... Total

Austria .. 3 ... 3 ... 4 ... 10

Germany .. 4 ... 4 ... 2 ... 10

Unified Team 3 .. 1 .. 2 ... 6

Norway ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 3

Finland .. 0 ... 1 ... 2 ... 3

France ... 1 ... 2 ... 0 ... 3

Italy .. .. 1 .. 1 ... 0 ... 2

United States 1 .. 0 .. 0 .. 1

China ... 0 ... 1 ... 0 ... 1

Switzerland .. 0 .. 0 .. 1 .. 1

Japan ... 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1

G -- Gold; S -- Silver; B -- Bronze

SORRY ABOUT THAT:

The U.S. Alpine team has offered Norway the use of some of its coaching staff after an American skier crashed into a Norwegian coach and broke his leg.

Norwegian coach Ole Magne Valaker remained hospitalized in Chambery, where doctors were considering operating, said Armand Carlsen, assistant chief of the Norwegian Olympic mission.

Valaker, 23, was struck Monday by Megan Gerety, 20, after she ignored warnings that the super giant slalom had been closed so coaches could mark the trail edge with twigs.

HURT KITT:

U.S. skier AJ Kitt skipped the slalom portion of the men's Olympic combined yesterday because of a bruised right shin.

Kitt, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., injured his leg in Monday's downhill portion as he came over the final bump on the course.

Instead of completing the combined, Kitt decided to rest up for this Sunday's super-giant slalom. He had only an outside chance for a medal in the combined event anyway because he's not a very good slalom skier.

Kitt finished ninth Sunday in his best event, the regular downhill.

COMING LATE:

Most athletes are so excited about their opportunity to compete in the Olympics, especially the first-timers, that they arrive as soon as feasible and, often, stay around after their competitions.

Not, apparently, Tonya Harding, the runner-up to Kristi Yamaguchi at the national figure-skating championships last month. Although the Games began last Saturday, the other members of the United States' figure- skating team arrived several days before.

Harding has remained home in Portland, Ore., and is not expected to arrive until Sunday. The women's competition starts next Wednesday, which gives only two days to overcome a nine-hour time difference.

MEDAL LEADERS

Nation ... ... G ... S ... B ... Total

Austria ... ... 3 .. .. 3 .. 4 ... 10

Germany ... ... 3 .. .. 3 .. 2 ... 8

Unified Team .. 3 .. .. 1 .. 2 ... 6

Norway .. .. .. 1 .. .. 1 .. 1 ... 3

Finland ... ... 0 .. .. 1 .. 2 ... 3

France .. .. .. 1 .. .. 2 .. 0 ... 3

Italy ... .. .. 1 .. .. 1 .. 0 ... 2

United States .. 1 ... .. 0 .. 0 .. 1

China ... .. .. 0 .. .. 1 .. 0 ... 1

Switzerland ... 0 .. .. 0 .. 1 ... 1

G -- Gold; S -- Silver; B -- Bronze

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