The Abertville Games

February 19, 1992

On TV

7-9 a.m.: Alpine skiing (women's giant slalom, live), figure skating (preview of women's short program), biathlon (women's 15-kilometer, live), speed skiing (live).

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

8-11 p.m.: Figure skating (women's short program), Alpine skiing (women's giant slalom), ice hockey (Unified Team vs. Finland, Czechoslovakia vs. Sweden).

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

Coverage: Channels 11, 9 1-6 p.m.: ol,8.9,9.5 Biathlon, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, Alpine skiing, speed skating.

Coverage: TNT

Today's events

Figure skating: The women's competition begins with the short program, and Japan's Midori Ito hopes to break up a possible medal sweep by Americans Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.

Ice hockey: The quarterfinals continue as the Unified Team plays Finland -- with the winner facing the U.S. team Friday -- and Czechoslovakia faces off against Sweden.

Alpine skiing: Favored Carole Merle of France, upset by Deborah Compagnoni of Italy in the super-giant slalom, gets another chance in the giant slalom. But three American skiers -- Diann Roffe, Eva Twardokens and Julie Parisien -- have finished in the top six of a World Cup event at least once this season, making the United States a medal threat.

Yesterday

Speed skating: Germany's Olaf Zinke,reported to be out with the flu was the surprise winner of the men's 1,000 American Dan Jansen began strong, but faded in the final lap to fdinish 26th.

Ice hockey: The rough stuff continued as the U.S. team beat France, 4-1, and moved within a win of a shot at a gold medal. Meanwhile, Canada stayed alive by beating Germany in a dramatic shootout.

Alpine skiing: Italy's Alberto Tomba won the men's giant slalom, becoming the first Alpine skier to win the same event at two Winter Olympics. Another Italian, Deborah Compagnoni, edged French favorite Carole Merle in the super-giant slalom.

Cross country skiing: There was bitter disappointment for the Americans, who finished 12th in the 40K relay after expecting to better their best Olympic finish -- sixth in 1976. The Norwegians won, as Vegard Ulvang collected his third gold medal.

Nordic combined: Japan won its first Winter Olympic gold medal in 20 years when it won the team event over Norway and Austria.

Medal leaders

Nation. . . ...... ...G. .. .. . . S. .. . . ...B. . . .. .. Tot

Germany. .. .. . .... 9. ......... 8. .. . .... 6. . . .... . 23

Unified Team. . ..... 7. ......... 4. . ...... 6. ... . .... 17.

Austria. .. .... .... 4. ....... . 6. . ...... 7. . ........ 17

Complete coverage: 5-7F

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