GREAT NECK, N.Y. -- They've revamped the menu at Deli on the
Green, a favorite hangout in Sarah Hughes' hometown.
The "Sarah Hughes" sandwich is now called the "Golden Sarah
Long Island's Gold Coast is gold medal country now, thanks to
Hughes' surprising victory Thursday night in Olympic figure
"It's the best thing that could ever happen to Great Neck,"
said Bill Siele, where they put maple turkey and Swiss with
lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing on a club roll to
honor their biggest star.
The Gold Coast, where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote "The Great
Gatsby" and partied with the likes of Groucho Marx and George M.
Cohan, was swept up in Sarahmania in honor of its new hometown
Great Neck is an upper-middle-class community about 25 miles
from Manhattan, where Mercedes are the vehicles of choice and where
a thrift shop proclaims on a handwritten paper sign: "We Have
Siele said Matt Hughes is a big fan of the sandwich named for
his sister, but when Sarah shows up, she usually orders egg-white
"She's got to keep her weight down so she can do all that
spinning," he said.
The Great One an American? Almost
SALT LAKE CITY -- If it weren't for his grandfather's
decision to flee his homeland 85 years ago, then leave the United
States shortly afterward, Wayne Gretzky might be running the
Olympic hockey teams of America or Belarus.
Instead, Gretzky is the chief of the Canadian men's team that
moved into the gold medal game with a 7-1 semifinal victory over
Belarus on Friday. Canada faces the United States, which beat
Russia 3-2, in the final Sunday.
Gretzky's grandpa, Tony, left what is now Belarus in 1917 and
traveled to Chicago with the intent of joining the U.S. Army.
But, learning that the Canadian army paid better, Tony moved
again to Winnipeg, where he joined the military.
Gretzky said his grandfather didn't leave Russia for political
reasons, but simply because living conditions were so poor.
"He didn't have anything good to say about the place," Gretzky
said. "Like a lot of people, he just left."
Maybe it wasn't the nails
Janica Kostelic, the skiing star of the
games, featured a different family member's name on her fingernails
during each of her first three medal-winning races.
But her record fourth medal Friday, a gold in the women's giant
slalom, was not matched by a new manicure.
Kostelic painted her brother's name "I-V-I-C-A" on the nails
of her left hand for the combined event. She had "M-A-M-A-!" on
her nails during the super giant slalom.
When she won the slalom Wednesday, her nails spelled
"T-A-T-A-!" (Dad, in Croatian).
But "T-A-T-A-!" remained on her nails as she won the giant
slalom, her third gold of the games.
"I was too lazy yesterday to change it," she said.
Their gold on hold
Like Olympic athletes, Utah ski resorts are
going for gold on the state's slopes -- only theirs won't come until
after the games.
Lift ticket sales are down by 50 percent for the two weeks of
the games, but resort operators expect to make up for lost business
next year or even sooner.
"We anticipated being down during this period in time," said
Ski Utah president Kip Pitou. "It's an investment in the future
for us. All the resorts were prepared to accept that."
Dave Fields of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort said: "This has
been a big down payment on an unknown result. We don't know yet
what the pot of gold can be at the end of the rainbow."
The three resorts hosting events -- Snowbasin, Deer Valley and
Park City -- have had plenty of visitors during the games. But most
Olympic fans haven't hit the slopes, despite promotions offering
discounted lift tickets, and local skiers and snowboarders have
Welch says it wasn't bribery
The city's Olympic bid chief, who lavished
$1 million in cash and favors on International Olympic Committee
delegates and family members, says it wasn't bribery.
"It wasn't a quid pro quo. It wasn't, 'I'll give you this, you
give me that,"' Tom Welch told "60 Minutes" for a broadcast
planned Sunday, the final day of the city's Winter Olympics.
In a transcript of the interview, Welch said he had no choice
but to lavish gifts and favors on International Olympic Committee
members, just as other bid cities were doing.
He called it "a process of excess from beginning to end."
Last month, the U.S. Justice Department appealed a decision that
threw out 15 felony charges of bribery racketeering, fraud and
conspiracy against Welch and his deputy, Dave Johnson.
"A bribe is when I offer to give you something and in return
you give me something," Welch told "60 Minutes" correspondent
Mike Wallace. "These guys were never asked for their votes. Their
votes were never promised."