Olympics Countdown

January 24, 1998

Days until opening ceremony: 14.

Snowfall: No new snow yesterday. Current blanket is 5.5 inches in Nagano city, and 5 feet, 8 3/4 inches on men's downhill course.

Update: Austrian ski jumper Andreas Goldberger will be able to take part in the Olympics, thanks to special permission from Japan's justice minister, who overrode laws banning anyone penalized for drug use from entering the country.

Going for the gold: Melanie Suchet of France scored her first World Cup victory after 10 of the top 15 skiers failed to complete the super-G course in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. Her winning time on the 1,650-meter course was 1 minute, 15.25 seconds. Didier Cuche ended a two-year drought for the Swiss men's downhill team, registering his first World Cup triumph, as the powerful Austrians failed to finish among the top five in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Cuche's two-run time was 2: 31.55.

Pub Date: 1/24/98

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