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COMMENT: I was not happy with the coverage of the Parade of Nations. It was very poorly organized, and it was broken up by commercials every few minutes. We didn't see a whole bunch of nations, like Austria, Hungary and Poland.

Bogdan Asztalos,

St. Petersburg

COMMENT: I'm disappointed we haven't seen any of the medal ceremonies. That's one of the things I like to see, especially when one of the Americans wins a silver medal or a bronze.

Joyce Mills, Spring Hill

COMMENT: (NBC has) not shown the growing sports, such as soccer. I don't like the idea that one network has to cover it. Hopefully we can get ESPN and other stations more involved in the future. That way all sports can be shown and we don't have to put up with the greediness of somebody like NBC.

Paul Dhaliwall, Palm Harbor

Q: What temperature is the water in the swimming events?

Larry Jessen, Memphis, Tenn.

A: The water temperature must be between 78 and 80 degrees for competition. One or two degrees either way can make a big difference in a swimmer's comfort.

Q: I'm interested in knowing whatever happened to the Olympic diver Greg Louganis.

Joan Henry, Indianapolis

A: Louganis, who won gold on the springboard and platform in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, retired after the Seoul Games. Last year he announced that he has AIDS and knew he had the HIV virus at the 1988 Olympics, when he hit his head on the springboard on a dive and required stitches. After his announcement, his autobiography, Breaking the Surface, spent several weeks at No.1 on the bestseller list. In the years since he has retired, Louganis has built an acting career, and has appeared both on and off Broadway. You may have seen him participating in Friday's Opening Ceremonies.

Q: How wide is the balance beam in women's gymnastics?

Laverne Stephens, Spring Hill

A: The beam is 4 inches wide, nearly 4 feet high and 16 feet, 3 inches long.

Q: Can you take cellular phones into the venues?

Charlotte Kerslake, Clearwater

Q: Will cameras be allowed at the venues?

Sandra West, St. Petersburg

A: Yes and yes.

Compiled by SHARON GINN