CALGARY, FEB. 20 -- Volunteers have been seen cooking weiners and marshmallows over the Olympic flame.
International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch is apparently irritated by reports that workers at the Nakiska ski area have used the flame there to cook their lunch. All the venues have a smaller version of the flame that was lit at McMahon Stadium during opening ceremonies.
The flame at Nakiska is accessible by a ladder and the public has been encouraged to use it to light candles. However, volunteers and others have joined in with cooking skewers and hotdogs. Organizers said they have advised security to watch for improper behavior by the public or volunteers.
"I'm not unduly concerned, but it is a possible desecration of the flame," said Bill Payne, media general manager for OCO '88.
Payne, however, added that he was "personally, quietly amused."
The IOC is not. The flame is supposed to symbolize peace and the spirit of friendly competition, and its lighting every four years is a solemn ceremony.Edwards May Be Grounded
British ski jumper Eddy Edwards, the diminutive cult hero whose Coke-bottle glasses fog up in high altitudes, might be kept out of the 90-meter event Monday for his safety.
Edwards, 24, is a rank amateur who says he is trying to set a British record in the event. He finished last in the 70-meter jump last week. The more dangerous 90-meter jump has been delayed twice because of high winds.
"We are strictly considering safety. His safety," International Ski Federation delegate Torbjorn Yorgeseth of Norway told the Calgary Sun. "On a calm day we'd let him jump. On a marginal day, I would say, 'please don't let him do it.' "
The British team apparently will fight a move to scratch Edwards . . .
Downhill silver medalist Peter Mueller of Switzerland called the Mount Allan Alpine ski site unfit for Olympic competition because of the wind, and criticized team officials for leaving him out off the super giant slalom.
Mueller, 30, who lost the downhill to teammate Pirmin Zurbriggen, said he likes the course at Nakiska, but that inconsistent weather makes it "unacceptable for important competitions."
Both the men's and women's downhills were postponed a day because of gusts. Friday, West German Marina Kiehl won the women's gold medal, upsetting Michela Figini and Maria Walliser. The women complained about the windy course.
"It's too windy and subject for rapidly changing weather conditions," Mueller said. ". . . I can't understand the choice of this place."NHL Talks to Soviets
Negotiations between the Soviet ice hockey federation and the National Hockey League continued at an undisclosed location as they try to work out details on Soviet hockey players playing in the NHL.
Alan Eagleson, executive director of the NHL Players Association, announced Friday he expected the Soviets to make about 10 players available to the NHL.
New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, who has the draft rights to two of the Soviets' top Olympic players, defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov and Akleksei Kasatonov, met with Soviet officials here Thursday before leaving Friday.