Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner were named for unofficial consolation medals in the Games and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was upset.

A clothing firm included the unlucky American figure skaters in a list of eight athletes to receive its consolation medals.

A spokesman of the IOC said: "We have already told them several days ago they must stop doing this. Nobody outside the IOC has any authority to award medals in the Olympic Games."

Gardner and Babilonia had to withdraw from competition because Gardner suffered a groin injury.

Other nominations on the firm's list included West German bobsledder Stefan Gaisreiter, Italian luge racer Karl Brunner, Swedish speed skater Johan Granath and Canadian downhill skier Ken Read.

And the firm promised a scholarship worth 10,000 Deutschmarks ($5,800) to the most promising Olympic newcomer.

The Associated Press erroneously reported Thursday that Levi Strauss & Co. said that 23,000 pair of its blue jeans would not be going to Moscow because of the Carter administration's announcement that the United States will not participate in the Summer Olympics.

The company said only that it was reviewing its contract to provide the 23,000 pairs of pants, along with T-shirts and jackets, for Soviet athletes and Olympic staff.

Mike Freeman, the equipment man for the British bobsled team, says that Britain has been offered the use of a compound to quicken their bob runners but had refused because it might be illegal, according to the Manchester Guardian.

The Guardian was quoting "a leading U.S. bobber, but not a U.S. team member" who said Thursday that "sure, a number of teams are using the stuff. It's baked on the runners to give them 35/100 second improvement each run. That may not sound like a lot, but it could make the difference over four runs."

Freeman said "the compound has to be baked on. Just how much advantace you're supposed to get from it I can't say. But we don't believe in its use."