Published: January 30, 2002

photo preview / download Special Profiles Triumphant Stories of Olympic Athletes, Focusing on Southern California Competitors

BURBANK, Calif. — January 30, 2002 — “Fred Roggin’s Road to Salt Lake,” a one-hour special featuring the triumphant personal stories of 13 Olympic contenders, 11 of whom are from Southern California, will air on KNBC Friday, February 8 from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Emmy-award winning KNBC sports anchor Fred Roggin will highlight several local Olympic competitors in the special including:

  • Michelle Kwan (Torrance) – 4-time World Champion figure skater, 6-time US Champion and 1998 Olympic Silver Medalist. Michelle answers the question: “Is anything less than gold good enough for Michelle Kwan?”

  • Sasha Cohen (Laguna Niguel) – A close competitor to Michelle Kwan, who some say could stun the world in Salt Lake. She finished 2nd at this year’s US Championships in Los Angeles. The sprite teenager shares a visit to the mall and reflects on her hopes for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

  • Derek Parra (San Bernardino) – Long Track Speedskater, serious medal contender and new dad. He narrowly missed competing in 1998 due to an organizer’s mistake in ranking competitors, but now this 5’4” skater is an American favorite.

  • Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes) – Halfpipe Snowboarder and entrepreneur. The special travels with Czeschin to Mt. Hood, Oregon to shoot the rising star on the halfpipe.

  • Rusty Smith (Sunset Beach) – Short Track Speedskater and beach kid. He is a serious medal contender in a sport that resembles roller derby on ice.

  • Paul Kariya (Anaheim) – An Anaheim Mighty Duck playing for team Canada. A mainstay of the NHL, Kariya also spends a great deal of his free time bring toys to sick children in hospitals.

  • Adam Deadmarsh and Aaron Miller – Two of the LA Kings who are close friend and will be teammates in the Olympics. Even though they are professional hockey players, they offer a refreshing point of view as to why the Olympics are special.

  • Tim Goebel – The Illinois native who trains in El Segundo is the first figure skater ever to complete a quadruple salchow. Goebel is the 2001 US Figure Skating Champion and ranked second in the 2002 U.S. Championships in Los Angeles.

  • Angela Ruggiero (Simi Valley) – The US Women’s Hockey Team is defending its 1998 gold medal. Ruggiero reflects on some of her best memories from Nagano and what lies ahead in Salt Lake.

  • Tracy Evans (Santa Monica) – The Women’s Freestyle Aerialist is headed for her third Olympics. Evans retired after 1998, only to return for her final Olympics competition in Salt Lake.

    “Fred Roggin’s Road to Salt Lake” will also feature American gold medal favorites Super G (Alpine Skiing) World Champion Daron Rahlves (Lake Tahoe) and defending Olympic Aerial Skiing Champion Eric Bergoust (Montana). The featured segments were shot in various locations including Mt. Hood, Oregon; Mammoth Lakes, California and Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. Roggin will put the final touches on the show while on location in Salt Lake City.

    Fred Roggin and Charlie Rosene are Executive Producers of “Fred Roggin’s Road to Salt Lake.” Charlie Rosene and Steve Leveton serve as producer/writers, along with Dino Castro, who is credited as a producer/editor. Carlos Del Valle was a contributing reporter. The graphics for the program were designed by David Steel and Anita Palmer.

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    Contact: Erin Dittman – 818/840-3381

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