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BYU students offer housing for 2002 Olympics on the Net
Excite News 10May00 B2
By Marilyn Lau: The Daily Universe

PROVO, UTAH -- Some enterprising BYU students have found a way to make a buck out of the Olympics coming to Utah. Marketing student Ryan Dame, economics major Erik Baty, and computer science major Ryan Gee have combined their studies with a student's desire to pay the bills.

The three are offering housing options for travelers planning on going to Utah for the 2002 Winter Games. For a fee, Utahns willing to offer space during that time period can register with them at

Because of tight trademark laws around the Olympics, the site must avoid using certain words. When the website began in January of 2000, the trio quickly heard from the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. The SLOC wanted to make sure the young men were not breaking any rules. But as Ryan Dame says, "even bad publicity has been good for business."

The official SLOC site for housing ( lists approximately 20 thousand hotel rooms within two hours of Salt Lake City. However with over 70 thousand visitors expected, the three BYU students think their website will help ease the crunch for housing during the games.


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