America loves a good comeback, and NBC is counting on at least one U.S. athlete to make one today to boost the fairly tepid interest in these Games.
Bruised skier Lindsey Kildow, tormented short track skater Apolo Anton Ohno and NCAA football reject/moguls skiing star Jeremy Bloom are scheduled to compete. Kildow is the biggest question mark. She had a spectacular crash on a downhill run Monday and had to be airlifted to a hospital. She has back and hip pain but is entered in the race and apparently will decide before it whether to compete.
Bloom is the former Colorado football player (a freshman All-America returner) the NCAA rendered ineligible after he accepted endorsement money to help him pay for his skiing career. He's entering the NFL draft this spring, but first he hopes to medal in moguls. He won silver at the 2003 world championships but often has been inconsistent in major competitions.
Ohno faltered Sunday in the 1,500 meters, one of his best chances to win gold. He will compete in today's early rounds of the short track relay and the 1,000, in which he won silver in the 2002 Salt Lake Games.
- SHARON GINN, Times correspondent