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Point of View
and Ray Lee reported daily from onsite.
Some good stories and hands in the articles below.
One - Bridge Report from Salt Lake City
Two - The Saga Continues
Three - The Playoffs Begin
Four - Never Say Die
Five - WE DID IT! Linda
Lee reports on the Final Session of the Mens Teams.
for both teams have been provided through the generous sponsorship
of Bridge Base Inc and Master Point Press.
WINS OLYMPIC GOLD!
WINS THE GOLD IN THE MENS
World Bridge Federation (W.B.F.) sponsored an attraction event
(Grand Prix) just prior to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic
Games in order to promote bridge as a mind sport to the International
Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). The W.B.F. hoped for the inclusion
of bridge as a sport in the Winter 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Mens, Womens and Junior events were showcased to convince
the I.O.C., mostly non bridge players, that this type of event
is popular and that it reflects the Olympic spirit. Officials
from the W.B.F. hope to show the I.O.C. that bridge can fill the
vacant time slot between the outdoor events that typically end
at about 3 p.m. and the ice events that usually start in the early
a result of these issues, this event had some very strict guidelines
about a variety of aspects of Olympic life. These included restrictions
about complicated bidding systems, behaviour, dress code, random
drug testing and the overall high level of security. After a day
or two, the players and other participants became used to these
ways of life in Salt Lake City.
were ten teams from all over the world competing in each of the
Mens and Womens events plus a four team Junior event.
We were to play twelve boards against each other team using IMPs
converted to Victory Points based on the W.B.F. 25 VP scale. The
top four teams from each main event would qualify for the semi-finals.
full PDF article (24 pages)by Keith Balcombe click
LAKE CITY PHOTO ALBUM
Clicking on the thumbnail pictures below will open a larger jpeg.
Team left to right - Peter Jones, Keith
Balcombe, Joey Silver, Nicholas
Gartaganis, Gordon Campbell and Fred Gitelman
Team left to right - Beverly Kraft, Dianna Gordon, Linda Lee (npc),
Katie Thorpe, Judy Gartaganis, Gloria Silverman, Francine Cimon