Countdown

January 17, 1998

Days until opening ceremony: 21.

Snowfall yesterday: No new snow. Current blanket is approximately 19 inches in Nagano city, 49 inches on the men's downhill course.

Olympic update: North Korea has applied to send 10 athletes to the Nagano Games. It would be the first Winter Olympics with athletes from the reclusive communist nation since the 1992 Games in Albertville, France.

Going for the gold: Italy's Olympic gold medalists at Nagano will pocket a prize of $103,000. Silver medalists will get $70,600 each and bronze medalists $44,120.

Pub Date: 1/17/98

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