Jill Trenary, the women's world champion figure skater from the United States, is at a crossroads. She said she will have to decide within a month whether to turn professional or stay amateur and try to win a medal at the 1992 Olympics.

"Part of me says it is my time to go out and another says it is time to push myself and maybe try to get a couple more triple jumps," said Trenary, 22, who leads after the original program. "I'll never be able to come back after I decide to turn professional. I can't do this kind of training when I'm 25 years old."

Trenary is an artistic success on the ice, but she doesn't have the jumping ability of Japan's Midori Ito, who is injured and isn't competing here. Trenary won the 1990 world championship from defending champion Ito because of her performance in the compulsory figures, which now have been eliminated from competition. . . .

The Soviets went one-two-three in pairs figure skating, led by world champions Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva, who survived a fall in the freestyle program to take the gold medal. Artur Dmitriev and Natalia Mishkutenok won the silver. Elena Bechke and Denis Petrov took the bronze, edging Americans Todd Sand and Natasha Kuchiki, 13.

Sand and Kuchiki, in fourth place after the original program, blew a chance for a medal when Sand fell out of a double axel. He had made the jump at the start of the routine.

Canada's Kurt Browning overcame a fall on his opening triple axel-triple toe loop to win the men's gold. Soviet Viktor Petrenko was second. Todd Eldredge, 18, of South Chatham, Mass., took the bronze.

Stopping the Fastbreak

The U.S. women's basketball team is breezing through the competition here, but that doesn't mean everyone is happy.

Teresa Edwards, the United States's leading scorer, almost fought with Australia's Michele Tims during their game Thursday.

"She wanted to punch me, and I told her to go ahead and do it," Edwards said. "If somebody was going to get kicked out, it was going to be worth it. But I didn't want to go because Coach {Theresa} Grentz would have killed me."

Edwards has been involved in other intriguing episodes lately. When a pickpocket stole $20 from her recently in Taiwan, she ran after him and caught him counting the money.