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Italians to keep combined medals

Italians Josef Polig and Gianfranco Martin will keep the gold and silver medals they won in the men's Alpine combined Tuesday despite a protest over advertising on their clothing, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

"(Tuesday's) medals are official," IOC information director Michele Verdier told a news conference.

Verdier said there was no question of disqualification even though officials had upheld the protest by the French team that a sponsor's logo on the Italians' clothing was too big.

Verdier said the Italian logos measured 11.62 square inches, compared to the established limit of 7.75 square inches. The Italian Ski Federation has been asked to conform with the rules within the next 48 hours.

"Medals are won on the slopes and not in an office," said IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch. "It would have been ridiculous to take away medals because of a few centimeters in the size of the logos."

Drivers upset

LA PLAGNE, France _ Olympic bobsled drivers are set on a collision course with organizers over advertising on their helmets. Drivers from 12 nations want to wear a Berlin-made helmet which sports the logo of a well-known German car and motorcycle manufacturer. But Olympic organizers, who have a deal with a French car firm, and the IOC, which is supplied by a rival German luxury auto firm, say the helmets only can be worn if the company logo is covered.

Pasta power

The U.S. hockey team faces a key game today against Finland, and the players received a little home cooking Wednesday to spur them on. The mothers of David Emma, Marty McInnis and Steve Heinz cooked a spaghetti feast, including 50 pounds of spaghetti.

Miscellany

More than a foot of snow could fall in France today, forecasters said, including 12-20 inches in northern parts of the Olympic area, including Les Saisies, where the men's and women's cross-country races are scheduled. The mystery of the missing Fijian has been solved. Officials in France had become concerned when nobody from Fiji showed up for Saturday's opening ceremony. But only one Fijian athlete, Rusiate Rogoyawa, originally was entered, and his name was withdrawn in December, a spokesman for Fiji's Olympic committee said.

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