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  • Around The Rings Briefs for April 20


    Beijing Paralympics Broadcast Agreement

    For the first time in Beijing, a single host broadcaster will serve both Olympic and Paralympics Games. The Beijing Paralympic Broadcasting Operation and Management Agreement was signed this week by BOCOG, host broadcaster BOB and Olympic Broadcast Services.

    Under the agreement, BOB will produce the feed from the Paralympic Games, utilizing the technology backbone that is being set up for Olympics. 

    Jacques Rogge and the IOC Win UN Environmental Award

    Jacques Rogge and the IOC are recipients of a 2007 Champions of the Earth award. The UN Environmental Program’s highest award honors individuals for extraordinary efforts toward sustainable management of the environment.
    Ser Miang Ng (left) and Pal Schmitt (far right) of the IOC accept the award on behalf of Rogge and the Committee. (UNEP)

    The UNEP commended Rogge’s dedication to green Olympic Games.

    The IOC President appeared in a taped statement at the April 19 ceremony in Singapore.

    “With the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, Vancouver and London. . . We have asked them to place the bar very high, and are challenging them with strict criteria to be respected.”

    IOC member Ser Miang Ng and the chair of the IOC’s Sport and Environment Commission Pal Schmitt accepted the award on Rogge’s behalf.

    No More Olympics Says Bode Miller

    Top American alpine skier Bode Miller says he will not go to another Olympic Games.
    Bode Miller drew criticism in 2006 for his casual attitude at the Olympic Games. (ATR)

    “There’s too much emphasis on winning,” he said at a charity appearance last weekend.

    He went on to blame the high-pressure Olympic environment for his “terrible” behavior at the Turin 2006 Games.

    Miller drew criticism during the Turin Games for excessive partying and claiming that he skied while drunk.

    Miller, 29, will continue skiing the world cup circuit, but expressed doubts that he would still be doing so in 2010.

    He gave his statement at Bodefest, a fundraiser for an adaptive ski program that is part of the Turtle Ridge Foundation he founded in 2006.

    Janica Kostelic Leaving the Slopes

    Alpine champion Janica Kostelic announced her retirement from skiing on April 19.
    Janica Kostelic at a 2002 Olympic Solidarity press conference. The program supported Kostelic early in her career. (IOC)

    After a year off due to injuries, the Croat athlete decided to change careers. Her new beauty shop and time with her boyfriend are top priorities, she said at a press conference in Zagreb.

    Kostelic, 25, won one gold at Turin and three in Salt Lake City, as well as five ski world cup championships.

    She was the first athlete to be honored on a Croatian postage stamp.

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    Compiled by Maggie Lee,