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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Former SLOC Officials Use Missionary Lingo Defense
(Salt Lake official defends Olympic 'geld' notation)
(Phoenix) AZ Republic (AP) 28May00 S3
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The two former Salt Lake Organizing Committee executives accused of bribing members of the International Olympic Committee claim that a word next to the names of IOC members is LDS missionary lingo and not an indication of who they would bribe. former bid executives Tom Welch and Dave Johnson wrote the word "geld" next to the name of IOC members who were loyal supporters of Salt Lake's bid. In German the word means money, but in Flemish, the language Johnson spoke on his LDS mission, the word means gold.

Johnson's attorney, Max Wheeler, offered the explanation on Saturday, saying that the word was never meant to imply that the members could be bribed. ''It was a term that was used in the mission field to mean 'golden' - somebody who was on your side or receptive to your message,'' Wheeler said. Welch told the associated press the same story, ''It's nothing,'' he said, and indicated that the word translates as ''golden contacts.''

The word appears on a memo in the files of the Salt Lake bid committee next to the names of eight IOC members, including five that have been implicated in the Olympic bribery scandal. Two of the other three have not previously been associated with the scandal. And Jamaican IOC member Tony Bridge said Saturday from his home in Kingston denied receiving any bribes from the SLOC, ''Nobody ever approached me with money and I never received a red cent,'' he said.


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