February 1
United Nations University hosts an international symposium, "Conservation of Mountain Ecosystems," at it's Tokyo, Japan, headquarters, as part of the UN-declared International Year of the Mountains. http://www.unu.edu/mountains2002/

February 8
Athletes, fans, some 3.5 billion television viewers, and a record number of security officers—including a squadron of 100 elite rangers patrolling the Wasatch backcountry—celebrate the opening of the XIX Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. http://www.unu.edu/mountains2002/

February 9
Forty-two mushers and their dog teams will depart Fairbanks, Alaska, during the coldest month of the year in the 18th running of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Some ten days later the exhausted winner will sled into Whitehorse, in Canada's Yukon Territories. http://www.yukonquest.org

February 16
Freed to compete after enduring embarrassing accusations he helped fix a race at the U.S. Olympic trials, short-track speed-skating medal favorite Apolo Ohno takes to the ice for the first time in the Winter Games. http://outsideonline.com/outside/sports/200202/200202/disp_games_3.html

February 19
Bobsled goes coed for the first time in Olympic history on the Park City chute. Despite the recent split of the much-celebrated Bobsled Girls, the U.S. has a strong shot at the gold. http://outsideonline.com/outside/sports/200202/200202/disp_games_5.html

February 22
Free your heels at Crested Butte's second annual Telemark Festival. Over the nine-day event you can watch World Cup champ Reid Sabin crush his fellow Americans in the first-ever U.S. Telemark National Championships, or strap on a pair of demos and go at it yourself. http://www.skicb.com/telemark/

February 23
Racers in the American Birkenbeiner Cross-Country Ski Marathon get a little "help" up a late-course ascent of Bitch Hill, where a faithful group of sideline supporters dress up as "bitches" each year and prod skiers with homemade pitchforks or rolling pins to motivate them up the endless incline. http://www.birkie.org

February 24
More than 2,000 people will row like mad and go nowhere in the 2002 CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships at Boston's Reggie Lewis Athletic Center & Indoor Track. www.Concept2.com

February 24
Seventeen days after they began, the Salt Lake City Winter Games come to a close. http://www.slc2002.org/

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