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Olympics One Year Countdown Makes CBC Radio
This week Salt Lake City marked the one year countdown to the 2002. Winter Olympics with fireworks. It was also the week two men accused of bribing Olympic officials to win the games were in court. The bribery scandal has tainted the Games. But it's not the only controversy dogging the city. The latest is over religion.

Paperwork Error Benches LDS Basketball Player
LDS basketball player Ricky Bower, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, was declared ineligible under the NCAA's rules on Tuesday after team officials learned that they hadn't received approval from the NCAA's Clearinghouse, allowing him to play. Bower is a returned missionary who played for Ricks before serving his mission.

Steve Young Leads Olympics Volunteers
Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young fell in love with the Olympics during a trip to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. With roots in Utah stretching all the way back to his great-great-great grandfather Brigham Young, Steve Young was a natural to become involved with the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Romney Recognized for Recovery of Salt Lake Winter Olympics
With the 2002 Winter Games just one year away, Mitt Romney is working hard to get Salt Lake City ready. Romney, who challenged Edward M. Kennedy for the U.S. Senate seat in 1994, was hired to steer the Salt Lake Organizing Committee and repair the damage caused by the Olympic bid scandal.

Seventeen Year Old At American Golf Camp
In a town big on sports, it isn't uncommon for youth to excel in more than one sport. Brooks Blackmer, 17, plays both basketball (for the Magrath Zeniths' boys team) and golf. In fact, a recent invitation to attend the Canadian junior team golf camp in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this spring may take Blackmer away from playing basketball in the finals.

Madsen Again Gets a Lot of Court Time; Weir, Blake Finish in Top Ten
Mark Madsen again benefited from the absence of Laker's star Shaquille O'Neal, getting a lot more playing time last week. But subsequent games show that with Shaq's return, Madsen isn't getting as much playing time.Meanwhile, offensive lineman Eric Bateman continued playing for the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws, which have won both their games in the nascent league's season.

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