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Media access Harding E-mail

At least three U.S. journalists _ Jere Longman of the New York Times, Michelle Kaufman of the Detroit Free Press and Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News _ obtained a code that gives access to Tonya Harding's electronic computer mail, though none admits reading it. Each athlete, official and member of the media accesses the system with an individual code, but that number is written on the credential each member of the Olympic family wears _ large enough to be seen in a face-to-face meeting. Participants were given passwords made up of the digits of their birth dates, but were told to choose "secret" passwords. Harding apparently did not. The writers insist they did nothing more than log on to see if the number would work. "All we saw were some Norwegian names on the directory and that was it," Kaufman said.

Touts suit up

Those canny scalpers have found another way to elude the crack security forces. They have begun dressing in the uniform of Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee officials before hawking tickets for more than face value. Extra LOOC uniforms went on sale to officials Tuesday, but touts managed to buy some, too.

Dunham irked

U.S. goaltender Mike Dunham criticized coach Tim Taylor for not playing him more. "I really wasn't given the chance to become what I could have been," said Dunham, who played in the tournament-opening 4-4 tie with France, the team's 6-4 loss to Sweden and Thursday's 5-3 consolation loss to the Czechs. "I don't think it mattered who was in there (Wednesday) night (in a 6-1 loss to Finland). But it was tough watching," he said.

Jansen to lead U.S.

Dan Jansen will close out his often-heartbreaking but finally golden Olympic career carrying the American flag in Sunday's Closing Ceremonies. Jansen, who set a world record in the 1,000-meter speed skating race after seven Olympic failures, was chosen Friday by his teammates as flag bearer.

_ TIMES WIRES

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