The Albertville File

February 21, 1992

* A Frenchman has been arrested for posing as the official second-hand car seller of the Winter Olympics, Grenoble police said today.

They said Didier Denis told gullible clients that Albertville Games organizers had appointed him to sell off cars used at the Olympics at knock-down prices.

Police sources said Denis, 33, convinced about 40 customers to part with nearly $450,000.

He conducted his business from a restaurant next to police headquarters in Grenoble. Didier, who had no cars to sell, was charged with fraud.

A leading French car maker has supplied hundreds of vehicles for use by organizers at the Olympics, which end Sunday.

* WORTH SEEING: Legally blind because of a degenerative condition that began 20 years ago and affects both eyes, Nancy Kerrigan's mother cannot see her skate without the benefit of a television placed inches from her face.

Fortunately for Brenda Kerrigan, CBS arranged for her to sit near a monitor during the women's figure skating this week at the Olympic Ice Hall. Her daughter is in second place after the original program and will attempt to win a medal in today's freestyle program.

"It's a shame to call a human being a black dot, but that's how they look to me," she said of the skaters during practice yesterday.

On the tube

TODAY'S VIEWING

CBS: CHS. 11 AND 9 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live) -- U.S.-Unified Team hockey semifinal.

8-11 p.m. (taped) -- Women's figure skating long program, highlights of ice hockey semifinals, four-man bobsled.

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

TNT

1-6 p.m. -- Curling, biathlon, bobsled, figure skating, ice hockey, Alpine skiing, speed skating.

MEDAL LEADERS

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

Germany .. .. ..10 ..9 .. 6 .. 25

Unified Team .. 8 .. 6 .. 8 .. 22

Austria .. .. ..5 .. 7 .. 7 .. 19

Norway .. .. .. 7 .. 6 .. 5 .. 19

Italy .. .. .. .4 .. 4 .. 3 .. 11

France .. .. .. 3 .. 5 .. 1 .. 9

United States ..3 .. 4 .. 1 .. 8

Finland .. .. ..3 .. 1 .. 3 .. 7

Canada .. .. .. 2 .. 1 .. 2 .. 5

Japan .. .. .. 1 .. 1 .. 3 .. 5

Netherlands .. .1 .. 1 .. 2 .. 4

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

CLOSE-OUT SALE:

The hand-written notice first appeared on the bulletin board in the Albertville press center.

"Close-out sale," it said. "Soviet training suits for sale. Offers of hard currency."

Now the Unified Team, the athletes from the former Soviet Union are selling their suits bearing the Cyrillic CCCP for $150 each twice the average annual salary in their homeland.

The Unified athletes have competed in the Olympics in their old FTC Soviet colors, and some still sport badges bearing Lenin's image.

"For 15 years, I have been wearing my country's colors," said former hockey star Vladislav Tretiak. "Now it is all gone. I can't get used to it. That's the way it is, but I feel sad."

* WORTH SEEING: Legally blind because of a degenerative condition that began 20 years ago and affects both eyes, Nancy Kerrigan's mother cannot see her skate without the benefit of a television placed inches from her face.

Fortunately for Brenda Kerrigan, CBS arranged for her to sit near a monitor during the women's figure skating this week at the Olympic Ice Hall. Her daughter is in second place after the original program and will attempt to win a medal in Friday night's freestyle program.

"It's a shame to call a human being a black dot, but that's how they look to me," she said of the skaters during practice yesterday.

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