Postcard from Athens

Athens 2004

August 27, 2004|By CANDUS THOMSON

The Olympic info system puts millions of facts, useful and useless, at the fingertips of the 20,000 accredited media types. Just point and click.

We use it mostly to figure out important stuff such as, "Who was the most dominant athlete in the history of synchronized swimming?" and "When did the last bus leave for my hotel?"

But every so often, there are moments from the Ministry of Electronic information to make you smile or remind you why you came. The fact sheet for the solid-marble Panathinaiko Stadium does both.

"Look of the Venue:White."

"Year opened/First event held: 330 B.C."

What's ahead today

Marion Jones, who is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, re-emerges in the women's long jump final and will run in the 400-meter relay.

Also in track and field, men run the 1,600 relay and 110 hurdles finals and compete in the pole vault finals.

Men's and women's basketball move into the semifinals.

Seeking its first medal since 1960 and second ever, Iraq plays Italy for bronze in men's soccer.

On the Web

For breaking news and results from the Summer Games, go to

Today's TV schedule


12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: men's basketball*, track and field*, equestrian, canoeing

8 p.m.-midnight: track and field, diving, synchronized swimming


7 a.m.-noon: equestrian*, modern pentathlon*, team handball*

5 p.m.-8 p.m.: men's basketball, men's volleyball, gymnastics


10 a.m.-4 p.m.: men's soccer*, women's basketball* men's water polo*, men's field hockey, taekwondo


7 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: women's basketball*, canoeing

CNBC 5 p.m.-8 p.m.: boxing


1 p.m.-8 p.m.: boxing, men's soccer*, track and field

Tomorrow's early TV schedule


12:35 a.m.-2 a.m.: men's volleyball, cycling, wrestling

2 a.m.-6 a.m.: prime-time replay


Midnight-1 a.m.: men's field hockey


3 a.m.-5 p.m.: men's soccer*, men's basketball*, women's basketball*, gymnastics, women's volleyball*, wrestling, men's handball, women's handball*, sailing, taekwondo


2:30 a.m.-6 a.m.: men's soccer*

*-indicates live coverage.

Note: NBC carried by WBAL/Channel 11 and WRC/Channel 4.

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