Olympic organizers have asked the father of Luxembourg's skiing star Marc Girardelli to behave, but have not followed through on a threat to ban him, a senior Games official said.
Remy Charmettant, sports director of Games organizers COJO 92, said the request followed angry exchanges Monday between Helmut Girardelli, also his son's trainer, and an official during inspection of the combined event's downhill course.
Charmettant said he asked an official from Luxembourg for "normal and traditional behavior" from the World Cup champion's father. COJO men's Alpine director Jean-Claude Fritsch said Girardelli broke safety netting trying to reach the course, then grabbed and threw a security official's walkie-talkie.
Snow and mist cut short the last day of two-man bobsled training. Wolfgang Hoppe of Germany, who won two golds for East Germany in 1984, won't compete in two-man bobsled because two teammates beat him in a race-off. Hoppe strained a hamstring five weeks ago. Latvia's Janis Kipurs won't defend his 1988 two-man gold (won for the Soviet Union) due to a strained calf muscle, a teammate said. Neither Hoppe nor Kipurs is ruled out of the four-man event. The governing body of figure skating, the International Skating Union, will lose control of the sport within "maybe three years" unless it admits professionals, Olympic champion and current pro Brian Boitano said.
The heavy snow did not interfere with competition, although U.S. skier Krista Schmidinger said "It was kind of like going through some whipped cream." The United States Olympic Committee, with just two years until the next Winter Olympics, will pump an extra $2-million into training top 1994 prospects.
_ Compiled from wire reports.