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Postcards from Salt Lake
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006


Did I really just say that?

By ALLAN MAKI
Tuesday, February 19, 2002


SALT LAKE CITY -- Things you thought you'd never say, until you end up at a Winter Olympics:

- "When it comes to scandals, nothing beats figure skating. It's the best. Forget about politics. Forget about Stockwell Day and Jean Chretien. Or Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Or Bill, Monica and Kenneth Starr. Forget about Bill, period. Wait a second. Wasn't he once a figure skating judge?"

- "Who's selling biathlon? I need two biathlon tickets."

- "Coffee and a muffin for only $5 US? That's a heck of a deal."

- "Hey, keep it down. I'm trying to listen to the skeleton play-by-play."

- "No problem. I'll take a three-hour bus ride to Snowbasin and a double security check to watch a downhill ski event that's over before I can get through the crowd and find my seats."

- "Yes sir, sergeant. I'm happy to stand in line and be examined by men wearing Army fatigues and helmets. I think you guys should be doing strip searches on those European journalists who haven't showered since Yeltsin was in power."

- "I miss Tonya Harding."

- "Wow, I can't wait for the men's 10,000-metre speed skating event."

- "Come on, son. Let's go luging."

- "I'm taking Reichel in my Olympic hockey pool, Martin Reichel."

- "There's just not enough people around here. I need crowds. I love crowds. I don't feel right unless I'm surrounded by 5,000 people in a space the size of my rec room."

- "I miss Horst Bulau, the old ski jumper, and I'm not sure why."

- "They just don't nordic combine like they used to."

- "I'll trade a Howdy pin and my Jamaican bobsled T-shirt from 1988 for your 1992 Hakan mascot from Lillehammer."

- "They don't play the music loud enough at snowboarding."

- "I miss the figures event in figure skating."

- "You know something? Salt Lake City's not a bad town."

- "I found Utah's best sushi restaurant. It's right around the corner from Bar X."

- "I miss Juan Antonio Samaranch. Ah, not really."

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