February 19, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - Eight years ago, Michelle Kwan was a quiet, shy 13-year-old who barely got asked a question in her first Olympic news conference. For whatever reason, all anyone wanted to talk about was two women named Tonya and Nancy. About 10,000 questions and 800 news conferences later, all anyone wants to talk about is Michelle Kwan. Intelligent and well-spoken, Kwan remains one of the few figure skaters still able to maintain a sense of normalcy in a sport so often dominated by the absurd.
January 26, 1998
Days until opening ceremony: 12.Snowfall: 3.54 inches in Nagano city and no snowfall on men's downhill course.Update: The "Snowlet's House," named after the Olympic mascot, opened in the Olympic Plaza in front of the Nagano railway station with Mayor Tasuku Tsukada attending. The house will sell Olympic goods, like Olympic-marked shirts, and also will provide visitors with information about the Olympics. Three torches that traveled through 46 prefectures in Japan have arrived in Nagano.Going for the gold: Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin bolstered their hopes of becoming the first Americans to win an Olympic luge medal by capturing the World Cup doubles title in Winterberg, Germany.
February 4, 1998
Days until opening ceremony: 2.Snowfall yesterday: No new snow in Nagano city or on the men's downhill course. Current blanket is 6.3 inches in Nagano and 85 inches on the downhill course.Update: She may not win a gold medal, but figure skater Tara Lipinski already has some of the most impressive numbers at the Winter Games. Lipinski is an athlete of extremes on the U.S. Olympic team -- the youngest (15 years, 8 months), shortest (4 feet 10) and lightest (80 pounds) woman on the squad of almost 200 athletes.
February 22, 1998
Beautiful people, ugly litte town. These were Olympic Winter Games that put out their heart in the right place, but in the wrong place in the country.Apart from the grace of its inhabitants, Nagano has proved to be the industrial equivalent of Pittsburgh. A truck stop the size of Springfield, Mo.Ramshackle huts called homes. Soulless concrete and stucco buildings with an occasional exotic Buddhist temple coming as more of a shock than a pleasant surprise.Nagano, even with the perpetual smile on the face of its residents, seemed like Welcome to My Warehouse.
February 13, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- It is impossible to lose a camera, an article of clothing, even money in Japan. Such is the honesty of the Japanese people that the lost item always finds its way back to its owner.I lost a glove in a driving rainstorm at the half-pipe venue, a 50-minute bus ride from the Main Press Center in Nagano. Upon returning to the MPC, I reported the missing item at approximately 5 p.m. Nagano time.The volunteer at the information desk phoned the venue and learned they had already located the glove.
May 8, 1994
TOKYO -- A former Imperial Army officer who served a little more than a week as Japan's justice minister was dismissed yesterday, three days after he provoked protests throughout Asia by declaring that one of the biggest massacres of World War II, the "Rape of Nanking," was a "fabrication."Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata asked the justice minister, Shigeto Nagano, for his resignation as Japan tried to quell growing outrage all over Asia over the remarks."The bad effects caused in neighboring countries has reached a worrisome stage," Mr. Hata reportedly said, according to Japanese news accounts.