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Olympics Notebook

August 3, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ Rebecca Twigg, who quit the U.S. cycling team earlier this week, isn’t getting much sympathy from Jeanne Golay, the teammate who was named as her replacement for today’s time trial.

``A chance to wear the stars and stripes jersey is something I wouldn’t throw away, not in a million years,″ Golay said Friday.

Twigg, a six-time world champion, has been feuding with national coaching director Chris Carmichael. Twigg blamed her problems on her SuperBike, which she ditched after one heat, and frustrations with the U.S. Cycling Federation over its refusal to allow her personal coach, Eddie Borysewicz, to be with her at the Olympics.

But Golay said Twigg had no right to complain about her treatment or criticize the federation.

``If anyone on the national team got preferential treatment, it was Rebecca,″ Golay said.

Calls to Twigg’s home have gone unanswered since her departure.


OLYMPIC MEMORIES: Norman Cleaveland is one Olympic gold medalist who isn’t sweating it out this week.

The 95-year-old resident of Santa Fe, N.M., usually takes two walks each day, but he’s cut back to just one to allow himself more time to watch the Olympics on television.

Cleaveland won his medal as a member of the U.S. rugby team in 1924. He said the team had to escape from the field after the match because the Parisian crowd was unhappy that the heavily favored French lost.

``They had a special tunnel for us to escape,″ Cleaveland. ``There were times when I didn’t know if we’d make it.″

It was the last year rugby was an official Olympic sport.


TUNING IN: After 14 days of Atlanta Games coverage, NBC’s Nielsen ratings are running 26 percent higher than four years ago in Barcelona.

NBC said Friday it earned a 20.7 rating and 39 share for its Thursday night Olympic show and now is averaging a 22.4 rating and 42 share.

Through those two weeks, NBC Research estimates 202 million people have seen the Olympics on NBC, which would make it the most-watched Summer Games ever.

Each rating point represents 959,000 TV homes, or 1 percent of the total, while the share is the percentage of TVs in use at the time.


JURISPRUDENCE: Julie Pound, the wife of International Olympic Committee vice president Dick Pound, made a brief court appearance to face the police officer with whom she scuffled.

Julie Pound did not speak during Friday’s brief hearing in Atlanta Traffic Court. A judge ordered her to return to court Aug. 26.

She was charged with refusal to comply with a police officer, obstruction, using abusive language and simple battery after the scuffle with Officer Leanne Browning.

The officer said she stopped the Pounds for jaywalking and grabbed Julie Pound’s arm after she tried to leave the scene. Browning said Julie Pound then called her an obscene name and kneed her in the groin.

Pound, a Montreal lawyer, was not in court with his wife. Earlier, he said Browning’s account of the arrest was ``highly inaccurate and self-serving.″


MODEMHEAD LOGJAM: NBC drew so many Internet users to its Olympic web site for a live chat with Kerri Strug that it had to temporarily restrict access.

NBC Interactive Media said it estimated that 50,000 people entered the on-line auditorium for Friday’s session with the hero of America’s team gold medal in gymnastics.

Strug chatted online for more than 30 minutes, fielding questions about her Olympic performance, her talk with President Clinton, her fan club and her tastes in music.

The daily chats have featured such U.S. Olympians as gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken, long jumper Mike Powell and Dream Team member David Robinson.

The site can be found at http://www.Olympic.NBC.com.

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