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Posted 27 Apr 2002   For week ended February 8, 2002
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Canada's Maclean's Looks at Mormon Influence on Olympics
Salt Lake City has drawn heavily on Calgarians for help in preparing for the '02 Olympics (Calgary hosted them in '88), notes Maclean's, Canada's national newsmagazine. It reminds the reporter of a traditional Canadian city: clean, safe (in spite of the gun-friendly laws -- on the other hand, a record amount has been spent on security),and friendly.

Top Football Prospect Chooses Tennessee, LDS Mission
As the football recruiting season reaches the first signing date, February 6th, another highly-touted LDS player has announced his plans. Hawaii's Defensive Player of the Year, Jonathan "JT" Mapu told the University of Tennessee that he will play for the Vols next season before taking two years off to serve an LDS mission. In making his announcement to the press, Mapu indicated that his family had fasted and prayed with him over the decision.

Sports: Two Mormon Olympians Identified
With the 2002 Winter Olympics starting Friday, Mormon News is trying to identify the Mormon athletes who will compete in the games, and has so far identified just two. Meanwhile Mormons professional basketball players, hockey players and golfers saw action this week, but mostly gave mediocre performances.

Five BYU Track Athletes to Carry Olympic Flame
As the Olympic torch continues to wind its way through Utah, five former and current Cougar athletes will carry the torch on its way to its final resting place at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Former Olympians featured in BYU lecture Feb. 7
A panel of former Olympians will participate in an Olympics-related lecture, "Swifter, Higher, Stronger: Perspectives of BYU Olympians," on Thursday (Feb. 7) at 3 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium on the Brigham Young University campus.

Cougars Announce 2002 Recruiting Class
As if winning its first outright MWC title, finishing the season with a 12-2 record, having two Heisman Trophy candidates, a Consensus All-American, a Doak Walker Award winner, a National Coach of the Year finalist, 20 All-MWC performers and leading the nation in total offense and scoring wasn't good enough, the BYU coaching staff has been hard at work assembling one of the top recruiting classes in the West. Today, BYU head coach Gary Crowton released the names of the prospective student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for the Cougars next season.

Matt Carson, Long Arm, Super Bat
An emcee takes charge of an event much the same way Matt Carson does in a baseball game. The pre-season All-American's performance at BYU indicates he is a master of ceremonies, true to his initials, M. C. The all-conference right fielder from Yucaipa, Calif., speaks with more than his bat. The junior also leads with his arm to ignite the Cougars and was elected a co-captain this season.

2002 Outlook Men's Tennis Outlook
After surprising its Mountain West opponents by taking the MWC tournament championship in 2001, the BYU men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA tournament and came close to upsetting No. 14 Cal-Berkeley. The Cougars pressed the Golden Bears all the way to the finish before losing a few tough three-set matches.


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