The head of the International Olympic Committee has appointed a panel to review the IOC's policy regarding the use of marijuana.

The move by Juan Antonio Samaranch follows the case of Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, whose gold medal was revoked after he tested positive for traces of marijuana. That was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The committee, made up of four IOC vice presidents, will submit recommendations about future policy and procedure.

DO YOU REMEMBER?: The name of Manon Rheaume - the goalie on the Canadian women's team - may sound familiar to some.

Rheaume played a period in an NHL preseason game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming the first and only woman to play in an NHL game.

HOCKEY'S A HIT: The NHL is doing great business in Nagano. Shirts and other memorabilia are selling like crazy at The Hockeynuts Plaza, a tiny store behind the Big Hat arena.

Japanese are particularly fond of Team Canada. Those items sold out Friday, the first day of the men's tournament.

Shoppers can buy team jerseys for about $225 U.S. The replica jerseys are a bargain at $160.

PACK YOUR BAGS: The NHL, which played two regular-season games in Japan in October, may go international again as early as next season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday the league is considering a return to Japan sometime in the next two seasons. The league is also discussing playing exhibition or regular-season games in Europe, possibly in England.

Also, three NHL referees and four NHL linesmen are working the Olympic tournament. The other three referees were assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation, which regulates international play outside of the NHL.

OLYMPIC SPIRIT: A 56-year-old janitor who took part in the Olympic torch relay in the 1988 Calgary Games has kept the flame burning for 10 years - as the pilot light for his water heater.

"I wanted then to keep it forever and I still do," said Frank Reaume, 56, of Calgary. "It'll always be near and dear to my heart."

Reaume ran the Olympic torch on Feb. 12, 1988. Before he passed it on to the next runner, he lit candles held by his daughter, Teresa, and his son, Paul.

"I blew out the pilot light on the hot water heater and relit it with the torch flame, and it's been burning ever since," Reaume said.

SUCCESSFUL SEMANTICS: U.S. freestyle skier Jonny Moseley, the California native who struck gold in the men's moguls, quickly found out that everyone loves a winner.

"It was like being in school," said Moseley of the enthusiastic Olympic crowds. "Everyone was tugging me, pulling me, telling me what to do.

"I was like, `Chill out, man. I won the gold medal - everything's going to be OK.'

"I thrive on this stuff," he added. "I'm taking in all this adorement."

Do you think maybe he was thinking endorsement, and not adorement?

PASSINGS: Two Olympic hopefuls have passed away in separate accidents during the past week in the United States.

Jamil Khan, a 22-year-old snowboarder who narrowly missed making the U.S. Olympic team with a fifth-place finish in the overall rankings, died Wednesday in an avalanche in the Sierra Mountains.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association officials reported that Khan, from Gloversville, N.Y., was working on a filming session when caught in the avalanche.

And C.J. Ferry, a development team member with USA Bobsled, was killed in an accident last weekend in New Jersey. He was en route to his father's home to watch the opening ceremonies.

Ferry was the product of the team's summer recruitment program, having attended a New Jersey tryout two years ago and being invited to continue team training.

LOOKING FOR LOVE: Is Italian alpine super-skier and international heartthrob Alberto Tomba starting to slow down?

"I'm rather tired," said the four-time Olympian. "I'm 31 years old and I'm making plans for the future. As far as I can tell, my future will be in sports.

"I've been asked to be in films and an ambassador around the world for companies. But I have to return home - I've been away for 15 years. I do hope to find the right girl at this point."

TIGHT FIT: Brett Hull didn't think he was claustrophobic until a train ride back to the Athletes' village after dinner.

"It's unbelievable the people they stuff in them," Hull said. "It was unnerving. We were cracking jokes to ease the tension. I was in an MRI (tube) for my back once. I can fight it, but this . . . When I get that pent-up feeling, well, it's not pretty."

If the trains are too small, Hull and teammates have plenty of room on the international-size ice.

You heard right:

"Five years ago, if you had asked me what I'd be doing now, I would have told you that I'd be digging ditches."

-U.S. speedskater KC Boutiette, who, while finishing out of the medals, set two national records in as many events.

Fact is:

CBS is going high-tech to dissect the "quad" jump of several of men's figure skaters. Two dozen sensors were attached to a skater and eight infrared cameras videotaped a demonstration of the quad jump. The data is computerized, allowing the jump to be viewed in slow motion and from multiple angles. A split screen can compare the computerized jump with that of an Olympic competitior to show what he did correctly or incorrectly.