10 THE ITALIAN
Rent the 1969 original, filmed in Turin, to see car chases on the roofs of what
are now the figure skating arena and the main press center.
SO IS IT TURIN OR
Turin is the Anglicized version of the Italian name, Torino--just as Rome is of
Roma and Florence is of Firenze. NBC is using the sexier-sounding Torino but
isn't likely to start referring to past host cities as Athinai (the Greek name
for Athens) or M�nchen (the German name for Munich).
Yes, but no specific threats. Turin has spent $107 million on security; Salt
Lake City spent $310 million in 2002 and Athens $1.4 billion in 2004.
WHO'LL BE THE U.S.'S BREAKTHROUGH STARS?
If you exclude past medalists and familiar names such as Sasha Cohen, the top
candidates include long-track speedskaters Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick,
snowboarders Gretchen Bleiler, Lindsey Jacobellis and Shaun White, and ice
dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.
HOW WILL MICHELLE
Her free pass onto the U.S. team after an injury-plagued season puts her under
extreme pressure to justify her selection. Winning a medal would be a crowning
WHO'LL LIGHT THE
The favorites are three-time Alpine skiing gold medalists Deborah Compagnoni
and Alberto Tomba, 10-time cross-country skiing medalist Stefania Belmondo and
Italy's '94 gold-medal-winning men's 40K cross-country relay team. The guess
These long shots
will win fans' hearts, if not any medals.
U.S. Virgin Islands, luge. Known as Grandma Luge, the 52-year-old, who was born
in Florida but maintains her permanent residence on St. Thomas, will be
competing in her sixth Games--and will be the oldest female Winter Olympian
India, luge. The former University of Florence student, whose mother is
Italian, placed 28th in Nagano in 1998 as a 16-year-old and finished 33rd in
Salt Lake City in '02.