Countdown Olympics

January 30, 1998

Days until opening ceremonies: 8.

Snowfall: No new snow in Nagano city or on men's downhill course. Accumulation: 7 inches in Nagano city, and 6 feet, 6 3/4 inches on the downhill course.

Update: Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be the hosts at a welcoming party at a Nagano hotel the eve of the Winter Olympics starts on Feb. 7. The 170-guest invitation list includes IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, as well as Princess Anne of Britain and Prince Albert of Monaco, both IOC members.

Going for the gold: Olympian Kristina Koznick, who grew up skiing at night in Minnesota, won a slalom under the lights in Are, Sweden, for her first World Cup victory and the first win this season for the United States. The U.S. women's hockey team leaves for Nagano with a 24-7-1 record in its Olympic tour after losing, 4-2, to Canada (20-6) Wednesday night.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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