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Olympic frompageM ! i acts such as Los Angeles did four years ago in the Summer Olympics, the Calgary organizers preferred to stick to simple music and dance with a western theme, mostly by thousands thousands of area children who had practiced practiced up to a year for their five min-. min-. min-. utes on the world's stage. Calgary was eager for its moment in the sun, even if the sun was behind the snow cloud. Nearly everything went smoothly with the performers, from the Indians Indians who still honor all 1-year 1-year 1-year treaty with the Canadian government to the jet precision team flying overhead. "What these athletes are going to show you the next 15 days is real," said Frank King, chairman of the local organzing committee. "The dream has become a reality." There were the traditional rituals of lighting the Olympic torch, with the honors done by Robyn Perry, 12, an area seventh-grader. seventh-grader. seventh-grader. - - There, too, were the trappings and realities of a modern Olympics. An hour before the ceremony started, the announcer chirped instructions instructions for all fans to find the parkas that were left in their seats and wear them a certain way way "for better television effect." The effect was each side of the stadium looked like the Olympic flag. And not long after that announcement, announcement, a local Olympic official came through the press area, reminding the media not to stand up too quickly because the VIPs were sitting close by and there were "men with rifles upstairs who won't like sudden movements too very much." The loudest cheers were for the parade of athletes, and the loudest cheer of all was for the entrance of the Canadian team coming in last as the host country always does. Figure skater Brian Orser, who likely will battle American Brian Boitano for the gold medal, marched in front with the flag. Not long before that, the Soviets and Americans marched in one after the other; the Russians in fur coats and caps, the Americans in long coats, scarves and fedoras. I" ' Before them had cone the usual rainbow of countries; from the trenchcoats of the Freich team to the bright red jackets of Fiji to a couple from Guam. "Jappy Birthday" Birthday" was played for theAustralians, whose country is celebnting No. 200 this year. And where els do you ever see 19 people from Lieihtenstein in the same place? j The Americans ha more than 100 athletes marching, krith only the hockey players missing They had to miss out since ABC hal talked the . Olympic committee int scheduling the Americans for a prime-time prime-time prime-time game with Austria justa few hours later. i" Carrying the flag foithe U.S. was 39-year-old 39-year-old 39-year-old 39-year-old 39-year-old biathlete Ljle Nelson, in his fourth Olympics an who probably probably is as close to the Olynpic ideal as any. . f ., He has had to make sacrifices for .hissport, . L . Saturday morning he was remember remember how the monej was sj tight back in the late 1970s, he fount himself himself one day digging a ditch tthelp find a sewer pipe for a plumbtr just to make a few bucks. Down the hole were him, his shovel, his tasters' tasters' degree in engineering andhis will to compete. A Nelson, who also is in the National National Guard, added how he gets alon&o well with the Soviet biathletes, wo invariably are soldiers. And how tie Soviet openness seems to be evidett so far at the Olympics. 1 The Soviets are openly tradinj pins and conversing with the Ameri can athletes this year. A few years ago, Nelson said, one of the Russian oolrt merlnllcfe umnlH din rn hie rnnm at mlHnlnht t wnA pins, not wanting to get caught by i soviet omciais. "I'll probably have a tear in my eye," ne said earner in the dav be fore the ceremonies, "but I don't know if it'll be from the wind on my contacts or the emotion." Saturday afternoon in a windswept windswept stadium where the children played and the world watched, either either would have done.

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  1. News-Press,
  2. 14 Feb 1988, Sun,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 24

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