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Morsi Piccoli (small bites)

(final edited version not provided to the electronic library, please see microfilm)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm not sure I have so much to comment on that. But I celebrate Hanukkah. Anything with gifts is good."

Sasha Cohen, asked about being a rare Jewish Winter Olympic athlete who could win a high-profile gold medal

BY THE NUMBERS

7 - gold medals for Austria through Monday, its all-time high (no pun intended)

50-million to 75-million -- estimated profit in dollars that NBC will make from the Games, network sports chairman Dick Ebersol said

LET'S SEE HOW LONG THIS WILL LAST

Find the home address and phone number for men's giant slalom winner Benjamin "Benni" Raich at his Web site, www.raich.at. As of Monday afternoon, they were still listed. To find out anything else about Raich, you'll have to get the page translated from German. But the handy Google language tool reveals that his hobbies include tennis and bungy jumping, and if you want an autograph, send him a self-addressed stamped envelope (make sure the postage is sufficient) and he will send you one immediately.

SUPPORT AN ATHLETE; BECOME A ORGAN DONOR

Australia's Alisa Camplin, the defending gold medalist in women's freestyle aerials, blew out a knee ligament four months ago. That should have guaranteed here a nice place on the couch to watch the Games.

But she was so intent on defending her medal that she opted to have a patella tendon from a cadaver grafted onto her knee. Camplin has called herself a "walking research project."

Said Australia's team doctor, Peter Braun, "I've never seen anything like it, and I probably won't again."

Camplin was warned that the graft might not hold up under her rehabilitation schedule, which began the day after surgery. While still in her hospital bed, she worked out to a Jane Fonda exercise video.

Two days later, she was in the gym.

"She knew she was taking a risk, and so far so good, she's gotten away with it," Braun said.

EVERYBODY STAY CALM

Here's a sampling of how Canadian newspapers reacted to the men's hockey team's second straight shutout loss:

Headline in the Toronto Sun:

O-OH!

The Web site of the Beacon Herald of Stratford, Ontario, directed viewers to their print edition for the story "What's wrong with our men's hockey team?"

From the Montreal Gazette:

"Janet Jones should have put $500,000 down on this one: Team Canada to go two consecutive games without scoring a goal at the Olympics."

the Calgary Herald:

"Take comfort where ye may. It could be worse. We could be trying to find a silver lining for Team USA."

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