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This program presents a portion of coverage of the 2002 XIX Olympic Winter Games from Salt Lake City. Highlights of this portion include coverage of the following events and topics: Anchor sports commentator Bob Costas presides throughout this portion and introduces various events and highlights. Sports commentators Jim McKay and Katie Couric join Costas to cover various highlights from the opening ceremony. Sports commentator Jimmy Roberts interviews short track speed skater and top contender Apolo Anton Ohno (USA). Sports commentators Mike Green and Jeff Hastings cover the day's early venues, including the Nordic combined training jumps featuring top contender Todd Lodwic (USA), and the cancellation of the K90 individual qualifying event due to inclement weather, featuring footage of Sven Hannawald (Germany) and Adam Malysz (Poland). Weatherman Al Roker provides the forecast for the first weekend of the games. Sports commentator Beth Ruyak interviews figure skater Michelle Kwan (USA). Couric and Costas cover events recalling the September 11, 2001 attacks that include the flag that flew at Ground Zero. NYPD officer Daniel Rodriguez sings "God Bless America," and honor guards of the NYPD and FDNY make an appearance. Couric and Costas highlight the impact of the Mormon population of the games, a bribery scandal, and the increase of security at this year’s Olympic Games. Sports commentator Bob Hager covers the security issues that this event has had to address since the events of 9/11, featuring interviews with Olympic organizer Mitt Romney and Secret Service agent Mark Camillo. Costas interviews United States president George W. Bush, the first president to open an Olympic ceremony, discussing the impact that 9/11 has had on the games, security, and the global community. Singer R Kelly performs "The World's Greatest," featuring highlights of past Olympic events and Olympians. The Opening Ceremony begins with a segment highlighting all previous winter Olympic host countries. Costas and Couric narrate the "Light the Fire Within" portion of the Opening Ceremony, featuring 1984 Czechoslovakian bronze medalist Jozef Sabovcík. Costas and Couric narrate the "Parade of Nations," featuring flag bearers including cross-country skier Lefteris Fafalis (Greece), alpine skier Victor Gomez (Andorra), alpine skier Cristian Javier Simari Birkner (Argentina), alpine skier Arsen Harutyunyan (Armenia), freestyle skier Adrian Costa (Australia), luger Angelika Neuner (Austria), figure skater Sergei Rylov (Azerbaijan), biathlete Oleg Ryzekov (Belarus), short track skater Simon Van Vossel (Belgium), luger Patrick Singleton (Bermuda), alpine skier Enis Becirbegovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), alpine skier Mirella Arnhold (Brazil), alpine skier Stefan Georgiev (Bulgaria), cross-country skier Isaac Menydi (Cameroon), speed skater Catriona Le May Doan (Canada), alpine skier Anita Irarrazaval Calvo (Chile), and figure skater Zhang Min (China). Notable commercials and/or promos include the following: Allstate insurance; and Visa credit cards.


  • DATE: February 8, 2002
  • RUNNING TIME: 01:33:26
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 112323
  • GENRE: Sports
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Olympic Games, 2002, Winter, Salt Lake City; Olympics; Sports; U.S. Olympic Archive, presented by Gordon Crawford, The
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  • Bob Costas … Anchor Sports Commentator
  • Jim McKay … Sports Commentator
  • Jimmy Roberts … Sports Commentator
  • Mike Green … Sports Commentator
  • Jeff Hastings … Sports Commentator
  • Bob Hager … Sports Commentator
  • Katie Couric … Sports Commentator
  • Beth Ruyak … Sports Commentator
  • Al Roker … Reporter
  • Apolo Anton Ohno … Athlete
  • Todd Lodwic … Athlete
  • Sven Hannawald … Athlete
  • Adam Malysz … Athlete
  • Lefteris Fafalis … Athlete
  • Victor Gomez … Athlete
  • Cristian Javier Simari Birkner … Athlete
  • Arsen Harutyunyan … Athlete
  • Sergei Rylov … Athlete
  • Adrian Costa … Athlete
  • Oleg Ryzekov … Athlete
  • Simon Van Vossel … Athlete
  • Patrick Singleton … Athlete
  • Enis Becirbegovic … Athlete
  • Stefan Georgiev … Athlete
  • Isaac Menydi … Athlete
  • Zhang Min … Athlete
  • Michelle Kwan … Athlete
  • Angelika Neuner … Athlete
  • Mirella Arnhold … Athlete
  • Catriona Le May Doan … Athlete
  • Anita Irarrazaval Calvo … Athlete
  • Daniel Rodriguez … Performer
  • R Kelly … Performer
  • Mitt Romney … Guest
  • Mark Camillo … Guest
  • George W. Bush … Guest
  • Jozef Sabovcik … Guest
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