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Olympic 'Identity Crisis' in Salt Lake City says Christian Science Monitor
Today's Christians Science Monitor says that Salt Lake City is feeling an identity crisis as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games approaches. While the city has long been more moderate and diverse than the rest of the state, its religiously-based traditions are "under some attack," leading to an identity crisis as it decides "Is this a Mormon town, or a modern American 'everycity' that is ready to party?" The attacks come because almost everyone agrees that Salt Lake is more Mormon than "everycity."

The Secret of Mad Dog's Success
Erlyn Madsen has 10 children and like any good mother, she hopes her children grow up to be responsible, contributing members of society. Like any good mother who belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Erlyn also hopes that her children grow up strong in the faith. Erlyn's fifth child, Mark, seemed destined to fulfill his mother's dreams. He was the editor of the high school newspaper, student body president, an Eagle Scout, and attended early morning seminary classes at 6 a.m. After graduating from High School, he faithfully served a mission in southern Spain and returned to attend Stanford University. You know that his mother had to be very proud of her son.

Finally, Burgess Finds Success
Chris Burgess is reaping success. After turning down a chance to play at BYU and going to Duke, then leaving Duke to attend the University of Utah, Chris is overcoming injuries, self-doubt, and outside pressures to put together a string of solid performances.

Trumpeted BYU Freshmen Did Well, Says Cleveland
BYU Head Coach Steve Cleveland says that the freshmen he recruited a year ago have done well. While the five who played this year average a total of 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, Cleveland says they're where they should be. "They are making contributions and more importantly, they are understanding their roles. One thing we're not getting is scoring, but I never thought the freshmen would come in and make a huge impact on the program. . . . I just wanted them to learn, make progress, get better, and they have done that very well." But LDS missions have already split them up as a group.

Seven Priests Win Trophy
There's a legacy of mining in this Cape Breton town of 8,000. And in respect of it, the town has been sponsoring an annual, national basketball tournament here since 1982. This year's tournament, held 5-10 February, saw seven members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walk away with the trophy under a standing ovation.

Pollard Explodes, Weir Gets Cut and Knight Doesn't Get to Try
The Sacramento King's Scot Pollard exploded for 46 points over 4 games this past week, solidifying his spot as the best performing Mormon basketball player so far this season. Meanwhile, the best performing Mormon golfer, Mike Weir, was cut after the second round of the Nissan Open, the first time that he has missed the cut so far this year.

BYU-Hawaii Adds Water Polo
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Athletic Director Randy Day announced Feb. 5 that the school will be adding men's water polo as a varsity sport beginning with the Fall 2001 season.

Undefeated BYU Volleyball Earns 1st Place, Hits the Road This Week
After knocking off then top-ranked UCLA on Friday, 3-1, and No. 12 UC Irvine, 3-0, on Saturday, the BYU men's volleyball team remained the only undefeated team on the season and was selected the top-ranked program in this week's USAToday/AVCA Coaches Poll. The Cougars earned 13 of the 16 possible first-place votes, moving up from the No. 2 position in last week's poll.

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