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OLE EINAR BJORNDALEN, Norway, biathlon. With five career gold medals in just two Olympics, he is a good bet to at least tie the Winter Games record of fellow Norwegian Bj�rn Daehlie, a cross-country skier with eight golds. (Bj�rndalen won four golds in Salt Lake City alone.)
JANICA KOSTELIC, Croatia, Alpine skiing. A triple gold medalist in Salt Lake City and the current World Cup overall leader, she could be the first woman Alpiner to win four career golds. If she makes the podium in downhill, she'll be the first skier to have won medals in all five Alpine disciplines.
Turin Games II
In March the ninth Winter Paralympics will bring 534 athletes from 41 countries to Turin to compete in Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, wheelchair curling and ice-sledge hockey, in which players such as the U.S.'s Alexi Salamone (left) sit on small, two-blade sleds and propel themselves with the spike-tipped tops of their hockey sticks.
NEVE (left) and GLIZ represent two essentials of Winter Olympic sports: snow and ice. The snowball- and ice-cube-headed creatures, designed by Pedro Albuquerque of Portugal, were chosen after an international competition.