SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The U.S. Olympic Committee and NBC will soon begin selling official USOC and Sydney Olympic merchandise online.

NBC and the USOC plan to open the doors to the online ``U.S. Olympic Store'' in the spring and sell a wide selection of clothing, collectibles, official books, videos and toys, the USOC and network said Wednesday.

Also available will be officially licensed merchandise of select National Governing Bodies of the Olympic sports participating in the games.

Sales of USOC merchandise benefits the training and preparation of American athletes who hope to compete in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.