Torino Gets Stoked

CHRISTOF STACHE / AP

ICE WARRIORS: The Czech Republic's Jaromir Jagr, at right, and Austria's Martin Ulrich battle it out in an Olympic qualifier

Listen to the silence. all the snowy tracks and icy settings at the Winter Olympics elicit a different music from the Games that take place in the summer. Then, even the longest and most lonesome event — the marathon — is run amid the constant roar of crowds cheering every step of the race. The Winter Games has its own supply of electricity, but it's more a gathering hush as athletes contend with their frozen surroundings. You hear it in the cross-country skier's gasping solitary climb up a snowy hillside or in the sharp swoosh of a perilous slide down a...

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