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Features Monday, 11 February, 2002, 23:29 GMT
Supporters on the sidelines
Margaret Fraser and Mary McCulloch at the postponed women's downhill
Margaret and Mary show where their loyalties lie
BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson discovers two unlikely Winter Olympics fans

Mary McCulloch and Margaret Fraser are friends who have never skied in their lives.

But last year they made the decision to head to Salt Lake City to watch the Winter Olympics at first hand.

And they are having a ball.

The Glaswegian duo are among a small band of British supporters in America to cheer Team GB on.

Mary told BBC Sport Online: "I like watching Ski Sunday when it's on television and last year we made the decision to come. So far we are really enjoying it."

Their holiday package included entry into several events - the women's downhill, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, free dance, freestyle aerials and the Nordic combined.

Lesley McKenna gets some air
Lesley McKenna is one of a number of Scots on show

Mary said: "The tickets cost 300 but seem good value for money considering the amount of events we are going to.

"The atmosphere at the venues is brilliant and is much better than watching it on the telly."

They have been waving their Scottish flags but we quite surprised to find that a huge chunk of the British team consists of their country cousins.

Mary said: "I knew about the Baxter brothers and their cousin Lesley McKenna but I was not aware that the biathletes and the curling teams are all Scottish as well."

But there is another reason why they are here - they will be watching the Osmonds, who live in Salt Lake City, in concert.

Margaret said: "I'm a huge fan of theirs.

"It was only after we had booked the holiday I discovered they were performing during the Olympics. So that is an added bonus."

BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson

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