A French army officer on security duty at the Olympics was killed in an avalanche near the Courchevel venue yesterday afternoon, officials said.
Hubert Marcy, head of an Alpine patrol squad, was working alone in the mountains when he was caught in the snowslide, said Stefanie Tisserond, a spokeswoman for the organizers.
Help arrived quickly, but too late to save him.
Skiing for his supper
Alberto Tomba hopes to repay his dinner host, Italian auto tycoon Umberto Agnelli, with "golden skis."
Agnelli, vice-president of the family-owned Fiat automaker, invited Italy's No. 1 Alpine skier to join him for dinner at his villa while Tomba is training in Italy.
Tomba promised Agnelli the skis he will use next week in Olympic racing.
"I hope they are the ones from a successful race -- I hope they are golden skis," said Tomba, a double Olympic champion in the 1988 Calgary Games.
The NHL is certainly a presence at these Games -- looking for talent in all the right places. The contingent of scouts has grown to 11, representing 10 teams.
Uli Hiemer, former New Jersey Devil playing for the German Olympic team, has agreed to a contract with the expansion Ottawa Senators. Canadian winger Kent Manderville has agreed a contract with the Calgary Flames.
And New York Islander General Manager Bill Torrey said he plans to talk with U.S. defenseman Scott Lachance and Lachance's family here in hopes of signing him. Torrey said the Islanders and their top farm team, the Capital District (N.Y.) Islanders have 11 injured defenseman between them, and Lachance would help alleviate that situation.
"It's been said that all the mothers want me for their daughters but all the daughters want Chris Bowman." -- U.S. figure skater Paul Wylie.