Olympics: Week 2
XVIII WINTER GAMES
Gold, not diamonds, is a girl's best friend. At least an American girl's. On Saturday ( CBS, 7 p.m., tape-delay), 1994 downhill skiing silver medalist Picabo Street, the hippie-dippiest thing this side of Dharma, hopes to provide the U.S. with an emotional lift ticket on the slopes of Happo'one. On frozen pond, Cammi Granato is a pioneer skating in her brother's tracks. Cammi, whose sibling Tony was a member of the U.S. men's team in '88, will captain the Americans against the Canadians ( CBS, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., and TNT, 6 p.m., both tape-delay) in what may be a preview of Tuesday's inaugural women's gold medal match ( CBS, 7 a.m., and TNT, 1 p.m., both tape-delay). Speed skater Chris Witty, the world-record holder at 1,000 meters, has a pierced navel and a tattoo of the Notre Dame mascot on her hip. Chris, if you win ( CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m., tape-delay), give us a peek. Finally, in the women's figure skating free skate ( CBS, Friday, 8 p.m., tape-delay), Michelle Kwan (left) and Tara Lipinski will try to personify the term grace under pressure.
As the Great American Race opens NASCAR's golden (or is it chrome?) anniversary season, here's what's new: 1) An inappropriately surnamed rookie, Steve Park. 2) Grumpy Ford crew chiefs, who were having fun, fun, fun till their manufacturer took the T-Birds away—and replaced them with Tauruses. "None of us have gotten any sleep," says one chief, "trying to change the car your mom drives to the grocery store into a competitive race car." 3) A record $1 million to the winner. If anyone deserves that sum, it's Dale Earnhardt (left), a guy who last year crawled out of an ambulance to finish this race. He's making his 20th start in the 500 and is still seeking his first checkered flag.
? CBS, NOON
Westminster Kennel Club
Only the fans will be rabid when this 122nd annual edition of not-so-stupid pet tricks commences from Madison Square Garden. Last year's best-in-show was a standard schnauzer named Ch. Parsifal Di Casa Netzer, a working dog. This year more than 150 breeds, in groups ranging from herding to hounds and terriers to toys, will prance and pose with the object of becoming top dog.
? USA, MONDAY AND TUESDAY, 8 PM
Rockets at Timberwolves
Like Walt Whitman, after whom his high school in Huntington Station, N.Y., was named, Minnesota forward Tom Gugliotta (right) was born on Long Island and worked briefly in the nation's capital. Unlike Whitman, the unassuming Googs is loath to sing a song of himself and has a lethal midrange jumper. The T-Wolves' leading scorer (20.1-point average at week's end), Googs hit the game-winner in Minnesota's 116 115 overtime win on Jan. 16 at Houston's Compaq Center. In this game Googs & Co. will play a Rockets squad that was recently bolstered by the return of one of its captains, center Hakeem Olajuwon, who missed 33 games after knee surgery.
?TNT, 8 PM
Baby Jake Matlala vs. Victor Burgos
Fifty-six inches: That's Baby Jake's height, not his reach. Still, the 108-pound junior flyweight from South Africa is a mite to remember. In his U.S. debut last July 18 in Las Vegas, Matlala (47-10-2) pummeled Michael Carbajal and won the IBF light flyweight title. The 35-year-old Matlala, who now faces Mexico's 23-year-old Burgos (17-8-1) in Baton Rouge, trains in a run-down gym in Sowe-to with impoverished township children; even those kids taller than he is can't help but look up to him.
? ESPN2, 9:30 PM
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