SEATTLE, AUG. 2 -- Figure skating in August? No one at the Goodwill Games is taking it very seriously, least of all the skaters themselves.
"I'm taking this lightly," said Soviet Sergei Grinkov, who, with partner Ekaterina Gordeeva, won the gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. "This is a festival of sports, an exhibition of the best skaters. This is not the season for us, so I am not in the best condition."
American Jill Trenary, the current women's world champion, said she enjoys events such as the Goodwill Games because they are not as important as the Olympics or World Championships.
"It's like a mini-Olympics but there won't be as much pressure," she said.
Drug Testing: The drug testing program at the Goodwill Games is seriously understaffed because of lack of money and cooperation from Turner Broadcasting System, the woman in charge of the program said.
Jeanette Grice, coordinator of drug testing for the U.S. Olympic Committee, said organizations sponsoring events like the Olympics and Pan American Games pay for drug testing. But TBS refused, so the USOC took on the job at a cost of $200,000, she estimated.
"When you're talking about losing 26 million dollars, what's another 200,000?" she asked.
TBS officials insisted they said from the start they would not get involved in drug testing. "Our role is as host broadcaster," said spokesman Bob Dickinson. "We don't really want to get involved with that business."
Basketball: Ulana Semonova, the 7-foot Soviet center who dominated women's basketball for many years, arrived in Seattle this week without tickets to any events. A Latvian who now is an outcast from her sports federation, Semonova received more offers for tickets than she could handle when her plight was mentioned in the Seattle newspapers.
She went to the United States-Soviet Union game with two tickets from the U.S. basketball federation.