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MORSI PICCOLI (small bites)

THUMBS UP

LINDSEY KILDOW

Two days after a crash that looked like it could end her career, the American competed in the downhill and finished a respectable eighth.

THUMBS DOWN

TURN 14 OF THE LUGE TRACK

Maybe it needs some kind of exorcism. It's where Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin crashed to lose any chance of winning a third doubles medal, and it's near where American Samantha Retrosi had a bad crash Monday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I ... know this is a sport that is no longer apple pie and motherhood."

Dick Button, indicating that figure skaters upset with his blunt TV commentary need to get a grip

LEARN THE LANGUAGE

"THANK YOU"

Grazie (grats-yay)

Q&A

Norway's Sonja Henie won gold medals in figure skating in 1928, 1932 and 1936. Where did she finish in the first Winter Olympics in 1924?

A. Second

B. Fifth

C. Eighth

Answer: B

BY THE NUMBERS

0

How many times two-time Olympian Cammi Granato says she has skated since being cut from the U.S. women's hockey team in August

6

Highest spot claimed by a night of Olympic coverage in last week's top 10 Nielsen TV ratings, which included the Games' first three nights.

157.55

Difference in yards between the actual length of the women's downhill course (3,345.45) and the length that Olympic organizers had advertised it (3,503) as the world's longest. But it's still the world's longest. They say.

112-million

Number of people NBC says have watched at least six minutes of the Games on one of its networks

THE SPAM MAN

When he was 13, Dale Begg-Smith decided to fund his ski training himself. So he started an Internet company.

That's worked out pretty well for him. Not only does he now have a gold medal in moguls, Begg-Smith, 21, is reported to be worth an estimated $40-million.

But, he says, "the company is nowhere near as big as people make it out to be. I've tapered it down over the last couple of years to concentrate on skiing."

Exactly what the company does is hard to figure out. Begg-Smith is loathe to give details. Some reports have said it buys popup ad rights to Web sites, so Begg-Smith is called "Spam Man" in Australia, the country he represents after moving there four years ago from his native Canada.

But after his win Wednesday, he talked about it a little: "It is complicated. It is technology for companies to monitor ad campaigns. I don't do anything that pops up. I just make software."

One thing not in dispute: Begg-Smith drives a black Lamborghini.

THE FOOD CHAIN

+ Athletes who chose the Olympic Village over comfy beds and personal chefs have among their food choices made-to-order pasta, pizza and Chinese food, and Olympic sponsor McDonald's. You may ask whether athletes really are ordering Big Macs and fries. "You'd be surprised," Italian hockey player Tony Tuzzolino replies.

+ One of the most popular meals at the media center is the Happy Hippo. It's a small wafer cookie with chocolate and hazelnut cream filling shaped like the top half of a hippo. It has nostrils, eyes and eyebrows for the full hippo effect (who knew hippos had eyebrows). It's made by Kinder chocolates.

And we do mean it's a popular meal. We know how the media eat.

+ Let's hear it for carb loading: Women's downhill gold medalist Michaela Dorfmeister says she was so worked up the two nights before Wednesday's race that she had a beer each night to help her sleep.

THEY GOT HIT ON

Athletes who got the most hits on NBC's Olympic Web site on Valentine's Day. (Who wants to tell Ohno he's ranked behind a curler?)

1. Gretchen Bleiler

2. Shaun White

3. Bode Miller

4. Sasha Cohen

5. Johnny Weir

6. Ted Ligety

7. Hannah Teter

8. Tanith Belbin

9. Cassie Johnson

10. Apolo Ohno.

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