.....Countdown to Nagano.....

(Is that pronounced NAH-gah-no or nah-GAH-no?
Actually, either is OK.  Click here  for more details.)

People in Japan have started to get pretty pumped up about the upcoming XVIII Olympic Winter Games
in Nagano, Japan from February 7-22.
 As the largest Winter Olympics ever, it will have a record 2388 competitors from a record 72 countries competing in a record 68 events.
For the full story,
be sure to visit the official web site at:


You'll also be able to get some Nagano Olympics info at the following sites as well:

USA Today
City of Nagano
CBS Sportsline
ESPN Sports Zone
U.S. Olympic Committee
The Washington Post Sports
Britannica Sporting Record -- The Winter Games
The Daily Yomiuri On-Line (English newspaper in Japan)

And while you're here, please say hello to the cute little official
Olympic mascots below,
who are baby snow owls named SNOWLETS.
They are, from left to right,
Sukki, Nokki, Lekki, and Tsukki.
(The first 2 or 3 letters of each name, put together, form the phonetic spelling of "Snowlets" in Japanese -- Su-no-le-tsu.)