This year she has named her skis after Dale Earnhardt and Arnold Schwarzenegger for inspiration and gotten engaged to John Mulligan, a ski-waxing technician she met last year at Mammoth Mountain in California. Still, it will take more than a buff and a buss for Street to realize her star-spangled ambitions.
Athletes in Uniform
From the Games To the Battle?
When Jeremy Teela and Lawton Redman, teammates on the U.S. biathlon squad, returned to the house they share in Heber, Utah, after a morning training run on Sept. 11 and heard the news of the terrorist attacks, they realized it could have an immediate impact on their athletic future. Like many other top-level competitors in biathlon—a sport that combines rifle marksmanship and cross-country skiing—Teela and Redman, ranked Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, in the country, are members of the U.S. Army and could be mobilized before the Games begin. "I'd have no reservations about serving," says Redman, an infantry sergeant with the Vermont Army National Guard. "My obligation to my country comes before my personal interest in biathlon."
Teela, who is a specialist in the Army, and Redman are members of the Army's World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), which permits soldier-athletes to train and represent the US. in international competition while maintaining military standing. WCAP participants conduct clinics and visit schools on the Army's behalf. Five biathletes and three bobsledders from WCAP competed at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The program, which was formalized in '94, supports 70 athletes in as many as 12 sports, including 18 athletes in training for the Salt Lake City Games. As of Sunday none had been reassigned.
The four-man, four-woman U.S. Olympic biathlon team, which will be named on Jan. 3, should have strong representation from WCAP. Rachel Steer, the top-ranked U.S. female biathlete, is not in the military, but four of those in the hunt for the remaining spots are: Jill Krause, Andrea Nahrgang, Kristina Viljanen Sabasteanski and Kara Salmela. Sabasteanski, an administrative specialist with the Vermont Army National Guard, pondered the irony of the prospect that she could be one of the 3,400 Guard troops called up for duty in Utah to protect the Games. "I can serve the country by competing," says Sabasteanski, whose husband, Matthew, a staff sergeant with the National Guard, is an event manager at the Olympic biathlon site, in aptly named Soldier Hollow. "If I can serve my country in other ways, it would be just as much of an honor."
Security in Salt Lake City
No Backpacks, No Scrolls
Officials from the IOC, SLOC and law-enforcement agencies are assuring the public that Salt Lake City will be safe during the Games. "There will be increased manpower and more surveillance [as a response to the Sept 11 attacks]," says IOC president Jacques Rogge, "but the basic strategies have not changed. Spectators will not have a diminished experience."
SLOC president Mitt Romney, however, is advising spectators to allow up to an hour to get through security lines at events and has announced that coolers and backpacks will be prohibited. The federal government has added $30 to $40 million to its original $200 million security budget, and 2,000 National Guard troops to the 1,400 already designated to check spectators and their bags. Romney has also hinted that air traffic into and out of Salt Lake City will be halted during opening ceremonies on Feb. 8 and closing ceremonies on Feb. 24. Outdoor concerts during the Games will be moved in doors or inside fenced areas.
Finally, despite Rogge's assurances, the Olympic experience will be diminished—at least for fans of ancient Aramaic scholarship. The Mormon Church recently announced that for security reasons, it was canceling a display of the Dead Sea Scrolls that had been planned for the two weeks of the Games.