The Albertville Games

February 13, 1992

On TV

7-9 a.m.: Figure skating (preview, men's short program), hockey (Italy vs. Poland), speed skating (men's 5,000 meters, live), cross country (women's 5-kilometer, live), Alpine skiing (women's combined-slalom).

12:15-12:30 p.m.: Highlights.

8-11 p.m.: ,8.9,9.5 Figure skating (men's short program), Alpine skiing (women's combined-slalom), freestyle skiing (moguls finals), hockey (United States vs. Finland).

11:30 p.m.-midnight: Highlights.

Coverage: Channels 11, 9 1-6 p.m.: Cross country, Alpine skiing, speed skating, figure skating, freestyle skiing, luge, ice hockey, biathlon.

Coverage: TNT

Today's events

Figure skating: The men begin competition with the short program, and it is anybody's gold medal. American Todd Eldredge is hurt, and injuries have hindered the training of Canada's Kurt Browning and Viktor Petrenko of the Unified Team. Recalcitrant Christopher Bowman is healthy, but so is his temper. He has been arguing with his coach.

Hockey: The U.S. and Finland, both unbeaten, face each other in a grudge match that will decide the seeding in the medal round. The United States defeated the Finns -- at home -- in the world championships last year. "We'd like to get revenge," said Finland's Hannu Jarvenpaa.

Alpine skiing: American Krista Schmidinger skied the race of her life and is second going into the slalom portion today. But she isn't given much of a chance to upset Petra Kronberger of Austria, who has emerged from her doldrums at just the right time.

Yesterday

Luge: Austrian sisters Doris and Angelika Neuner swept the gold and silver medals. American Cammy Myler finished fifth, fainting as she left her final run, and Erica Terwillegar wept bitterly when a botched final run dropped her down to ninth.

Speed skating: Bonnie Blair failed to duplicate her gold-grabbing feat as a pair of Germans took the top two spots in the 1,500-meter speed skating. She wasn't even the fastest American; teammate Mary Docter finished 15th. Blair finished 21st out of 32 skaters.

Hockey: Canada humbled Norway, 10-0, to become the first team to clinch a spot in the medals round. France, rewarded after two close losses, enhanced its medal-round chances with a 4-3 victory over Switzerland. And the United Team fell to the resurgent Czechs, 4-3.

Nordic combined: Fabrice Guy and Sylvain Guillaume won France's first-ever Olympic medals in Nordic skiing, sharing in a joyous French sweep of the top two spots. The top American, Todd Wilson, finished 39th.

Biathlon: Mark Kirchner, an Army sergeant who was perfect on the shooting range, led a German double by winning the men's 10-kilometer. American Josh Thompson, for whom the sport is "just a hobby now," finished 32nd.

Free style skiing: American Nelson Carmichael was faster, but world champion Frenchman Edgar Grospiron displayed better style as the host nation gained the inside track for the first Olympic gold medal in freestyle skiing. Two-time world champion Donna Weinbrecht of West Milford, N.J., was second in the qualifying.

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