SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Belarusian ski jumper Andrej Lyskovec apparently enjoyed his visit to the United States so much he didn’t want to go home to Minsk right away.
Problem was, he didn’t tell his delegation he was staying.
Lyskovec was last seen by teammates Sunday, sending officials scurrying Monday when he didn’t show up to meet his coach for their flight home.
The team reported him missing to the FBI and local police.
``We found that he was not in the village three or four hours before the departure,″ said delegation administrator Natalia Kotlyarova. ``Then we were waiting for him at the airport, hoping he’d come. We called his wife, but she also had no idea.″
His wife finally solved the mystery. Police spoke to her Tuesday and she said her husband had called to tell her he was remaining in the United States for a few months.
Lyskovec was 42nd in the K90 individual jumps on Feb. 10 and failed to qualify in the K120 two days later.
GOALIE GIRL: Now that Kim Martin has had the Olympic experience, the 16-year-old goalie for the Swedish women’s team wants a new challenge _ playing against the big guys.
``I’m going to be the first girl in the Swedish Elite League,″ Martin says, referring to Europe’s premier men’s hockey league. ``To play with the best guys would really be cool.″
Martin, the starter for the national team most of this season, made her club debut for the Swedish women’s team of AIK at age 13.
She tired of the women’s league after three years and has played only three AIK games this winter, instead spending most of the season with Hammarby boys’ team.
``It’s fun to play with the boys. They shoot so much harder,″ says Martin, whose father, Fleming, coaches Hammarby’s goalies.
In 1992, Canadian Manon Rheaume became the first female goalie on an NHL team when she played a preseason game for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She spent the rest of her hockey career in the minors.
GIULIANI VISIT: Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be in town over the weekend for the end of the games.
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt invited Giuliani to a reception for world leaders at the state capitol Sunday morning.
A spokesman for the governor said Giuliani seemed a perfect fit for the Olympics.
``As the `world’s mayor,′ he symbolizes so much of what these games are about,″ Natalie Gochnour said.
Giuliani also will present the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award _ recognizing athletes who have overcome adversity _ shortly after the games.
UNSUNG HERO: As busy parents know, a dependable baby sitter is as good as gold.
As Derek Parra skated to a gold medal in the 1,500 meter speedskating race, his wife Tiffany cheered wildly in the stands.
Afterward, she was quick to credit the person who made it possible for her to be there.
Tiffany’s sister, Heather Stephens, was back home in Florida watching the Parras’ 2-month-old daughter, Mia Elizabeth.
``She’s been my rock,″ Tiffany said of her sister.
SNOWMELT? Global warming may become a problem for future Winter Olympics, the head of a world environmental group said.
``There is no more weather-dependent event than the Olympic Winter Games, and they are at risk,″ said Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute.
He believes effects of high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere already are taking their toll on certain areas of the Alps.
``Ski areas that previously could be depended on for fabulous conditions by December and January now have green slopes where formerly giant slaloms took place,″ he said.
SLOC officials dubbed their air quality goals ``Cleaner and Greener,″ and have taken such measures as sponsoring the planting of 18 million trees around the world, including 100,000 in Utah; using energy-efficient technology at the ice rinks; and using many natural gas-powered buses.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, an environmentalist and the son of the late oceanographer, is impressed by the environment-friendly approach at the games.
``What was represented here at the Salt Lake Games has reached the world,″ Cousteau said. ``A lot has been done and it will last way beyond the athletes and the Olympics.″