LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Larger-than-life performances will appear even larger as the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium presents large-screen, high-definition coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics this month. The programs are free and open to the public.

    The planetarium at the University of Louisville will present Cinemuse high-definition coverage of many of the top performances from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games beginning Saturday, Feb. 9.

    The programs will feature next-day coverage of many of the most popular events, including ice hockey, skiing and figure skating. Regularly scheduled planetarium programs will be shown as scheduled.

    The planetarium is one of only two venues in the world chosen to show the Winter Olympics, the first in a series of special events to be broadcast through Cinemuse’s nationwide network of high-definition theaters.

    The high-definition, 30-foot by 16-foot images will work with the planetarium’s state-of-the-art sound system to present coverage unlike any in the region.

    “Our audience will be stunned by the amazing clarity of the high-definition images,” said planetarium director Shawn Laatsch. “It will be the next best thing to being in Salt Lake City for the games.”

    Olympic events will be shown nightly except Feb. 11, 15, 19, 20 and 22. Most weeknight programs will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekend showings will be from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. A detailed schedule is available by phone at (502) 852-6664 or on the planetarium’s Web site at:

    For more information, call the planetarium at (502) 852-6664.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.