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Scandal: Athletes ‘could care less’

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Eric Bergoust, aerials gold medalist at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, doesn't care what happens to the Salt Lake bid leaders indicted in the bribery scandal.

'I'm just thinking about trying to twist faster," said Bergoust. "I don't care if those guys go to jail or not."

Tom Welch, who was president of Salt Lake's Olympic bid committee, and Dave Johnson, his vice president, say they did nothing wrong.

"Throughout the entire scandal we've taken the position, and our athletes have been concurrent on this, that this issue is just not related to us," said Tom Kelly, spokesman for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in Park City. "It's really quite distant from what we do in terms of training and developing athletes for international competition."

At the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., Jean Racine, top U.S. women's bobsled driver, said, "It's a disappointment that it's going to continue for some time, but the Olympics is really about the athletes and I think everyone realizes that."

Three-time luge Olympian Bonnie Warner said the athletes are focused on the future. "I, and I think all other athletes, have been desensitized (to the scandal) and quite frankly, I could care less," she said. "We are just marching on to our medals."