CALGARY, FEB. 28 -- Dan Jansen, the speed skater from West Allis, Wis., whose tumbles and tragedies became the focus of so much attention at the Winter Olympics, today was named the winner of the Olympic Spirit Award presented by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Jansen was a medal favorite in both the 500- and 1,000-meter events here. The day of the 500, he learned his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He skated that night and fell on the first turn, then came back four nights later, only to fall again.

"Obviously these two weeks haven't gone as I had planned them," Jansen said today. "I've still gained a lot out of it. I've got some good memories, even though the main memories are sad. I met a lot of people, made a lot of friends. I also learned some lessons.

"I've learned that things don't always go the way you planned. Not everyone can be a winner. It's a good lesson in life.

"Sometimes I think people get carried away with the medal count. Everybody is out here doing their best, that's all the American public and media should ask from us. The emphasis on medals gets to be a little too much."

Bonnie Blair, the gold medalist in the women's 500 from Champaign, Ill., also appeared at a press conference this morning and echoed Jansen's thoughts.

"Once you're here," she said, "it's a great opportunity. It {winning} makes it that much better. But if you get personal bests and feel good about giving your best, that's what counts." Blair and Jansen said they will continue competing in Europe this season. Both said they are undecided about pressing on toward the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.

USOC Pursues 'Support'

USOC President Robert Helmick said today that while he preferred not to generalize on the American performance here, there is "no reason we can't do much, much better. Our athletes have the capabilities. What we're looking for is support, financially and with programs."

He said the emphasis on Americans' low medal count has brought the problems in supporting athletes to the attention of the American public, "and that's good."

He said the USOC will receive $15 million from the International Olympic Committee out of television rights for the Calgary and Seoul Games. For the future, he said, an agreement has been reached with the IOC that will give the USOC 10 percent of TV rights revenue.

The price of those rights may be coming down, however. In an interview last week, ABC's Roone Arledge said he believes fees for future Games will be "significantly lower" then the $309 million ABC paid for Calgary rights because of changes in the economy of both the country and the networks.

Mother Knows Best

More than 3 1/2 hours after the 50-kilometer cross country ski race began Saturday, the final finisher crossed the line with hardly anyone around to greet him. Roberto Alvarez Hojel of Mexico said he had planned to go only 25 kilometers, but felt so good he thought he'd try a second lap. "I have never skied that long in my life," he told the Calgary Herald.

He made it, and was greeted by his mother, who handed him a package. "He has been dying for some Oreo cookies ever since he started training," she said . . .

Li Yan, a 19-year-old physical education student, became the first athlete from the People's Republic of China to win a winter medal -- sort of. She took a gold and two bronze medals in short-track speed skating, a demonstration sport, but does not expect it to change her life much when she returns home.

"It is not my wish to be a special person," she said. "When I go back I will live my life as usual."