The Albertville File

February 13, 1992

CRASH LANDING:

Although it's not a recognized event, most spectacular crash of the 1992 Winter Olympics to date goes to American skier Kristin Krone.

Krone was speeding through the downhill course in Wednesday's Alpine combined when she came up against the infamous "Noodles" hill and turn.

"Noodles," named after one of the American ski representatives, sent the Truckee, Calif., woman flying into a plastic retaining net after she bounced at the bottom of the hill. She was not hurt.

"I just have to walk away from the hill and put this behind me. I've fallen before. It just happens," Krone said. "It's the most attention I've had in a long time."

LEAVE IT AT HOME:

It's not an official Olympic event, but the competition between Visa and American Express is heating up as one of the fiercest rivalries of the Winter Games.

Visa paid millions of dollars for the rights to be an official Olympic sponsor and is fighting what it contends are attempts by American Express to muscle in on the action.

With the International Olympic Committee in its corner, Visa won the latest round of the credit card wars when a French court cited American Express for "unfair competition" and ordered it to stop using Olympic symbols in its ads.

MYSTERY SOLVED:

The mystery of the missing Fijian squad was solved yesterday.

Officials in France had become anxious when nobody from Fiji showed up for the opening ceremony and telephone calls to the Olympic village went unanswered.

It emerged yesterday that only one Fijian athlete, Rusiate Rogoyawa, a 25-year-old Norwegian-based cross country skier, had been entered. But his name had been withdrawn in December, a spokesman for Fiji's Olympic committee said.

"The cancellation of Rogoyawa's entry is basically a communications breakdown somewhere along the line," the spokesman said.

He said Rogoyawa, a student in Oslo, plans to take part in the 1994 Winter Games -- in Norway.

ONCE IS ENOUGH:

Jean-Claude Killy, France's legendary skier and co-president

of the Olympic Organizing Committee, said he's not interested in overseeing another Olympics.

"No, never again," he told CBS interviewer Paula Zahn. "The first time around was a privilege. The second time around would be a suicide."

On the tube

TODAY'S VIEWING CBS: CHS. 11 AND 9 8-11 p.m. (taped) -- Men's figure skating; Hockey, Women's combined slalom.

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

TNT

1-6 p.m. -- Biathlon; Figure skating; Hockey; Luge; Alpine skiing; speed skating.

MEDAL LEADERS

/%Nation .. .. G .. S .. B .. .. Total

Austria .. ..4 .. 4 .. 4 .. .. 12

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

Unified Team 3 .. 3 .. 3 .. .. 9

France .. .. 2 .. 3 .. 1 .. .. 6

Norway .. .. 3 .. 1 .. 2 .. .. 6

Finland .. ..1 .. 1 .. 2 .. ..4

United States 2 ..0 .. 1 .. ..3

Italy .. .. ..1 ..2 .. 0 .. .. 3

Netherlands ..0 ..1 .. 1 .. .. 2

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

Canada .. .. .0 ..0 .. 1 .. .. 1

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

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

Sweden .. .. 0 ..0 .. 1 .. .. 1

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

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