Alberto Tomba, the first Alpine skier to win the same event (giant slalom) in two successive Olympics, will be a featured performer in today's CBS coverage.
The network will broadcast the men's slalom, the final Alpine skiing event of the Winter Games, in prime time.
Tomba has become so popular that CBS has decided to turn him into a "personality." Prime-time host Paula Zahn and figure skating commentator Katarina Witt will receive a downhill skiing lesson from Italy's gold medalist before they report for work this evening.
Also included in the coverage will be a "side-by-side ski analysis," which compares two skiers to show where on a course the race was won or lost.
Lest we forget: The U.S. hockey team is still in position to win a medal. Team USA plays Czechoslovakia for the bronze today at 3 p.m. in a game that will be shown live. Speed skater Cathy Turner of Rochester, N.Y., goes for gold in the women's 500-meter short track (1-6 p.m.). Turner had the fourth-fastest time in the prelims. Gold medalists from the pairs, ice dancing, and men's and women's figure skating will perform in exhibitions, where there are no clothing restrictions, no technical requirements or limitations, on the prime-time show.
_ JOHN HARRIS