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Posted 09 Apr 2002   For week ended February 1, 2002
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Canada Press Reporter Looks at Mormons and Olympics
In a spectacular 3-page spread in the middle of our weekly commentary section, the Sunday issue of the Edmonton Journal carries a report by CP (Canadian Press) reporter Gary Mason, who I believe is from Vancouver. He starts and ends with somewhat tongue-in-cheeks forecasts that the biggest problems the games will have is a lack of taxis. As the Edmonton Journal is a Southam chain paper, presumably this same article appeared in major metropolitan papers across the whole country.

LDS High School Swimmer Succeeds with Busy Schedule
Jonathan Michela's whirlwind schedule begins at 4:50 a.m. each weekday. Smelling faintly like the chlorinated pool he emerged from only hours before, Michela, a Mormon, rolls out of bed to prepare for an hour-long religion class that starts at 6 a.m. "Chill out" time, an entire 45 minutes of milling about at home, does not come until 2:30 p.m. -- after the junior has completed a full day of high school.

Sports: Reid's Superbowl Effort Falls Short, Mormon Olympians Sought
LDS professional football coach Andy Reid's effort to make the Superbowl fell short Sunday as the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the St. Louis Rams 29-24. The loss essentially ends the football season for all the remaining Mormon players, and leaves just basketball and hockey players in action as the 2002 Winter Olympic games approach. Mormon News is actively seeking to identify Mormons who will be competing in the games, and has so far identified one competitor.

Bart Jepsen, Jumpin' Jepsen Has A 32-Inch Vertical Leap
In Roswell, New Mexico, you might expect to encounter a few little green men wandering around. But Bart Jepsen swears he's never seen any space men near the city that houses the International UFO Museum and Research Center, and claims to have had a flying saucer crash-land outside of town.

Cramer Named Young Female Athlete of the Year
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced its 2001 Chevy Athlete of the Year awards at a press conference today in Pasadena, Calif. As it has done since 1998, U.S. Soccer and Chevy announced Young Male Athlete of the Year and Young Female Athlete of the Year awards, which went to U.S. national team and Under-20 MNT midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, of the Chicago Fire, and U.S. national team and Women's National Team midfielder Aleisha Cramer, a sophomore at BYU this year.

Weekend Sweep Lifts Cougars in Polls
After a pair of four-game victories over No. 15 Pacific on Friday and Saturday, the BYU men's volleyball team climbed all the way to No. 2 in the Volleyball Magazine Poll, and gained one spot in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches' Top-15 Poll.


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