Rebels on the Slope

Forget the storybook drama about the child prodigy who laces up her first skates at the age of two and glides hour after hour in lonely ice rinks so she can someday bring home a gold medal. That's yesterday's Olympic profile. It's certainly not Yoko Miyake's story. She's a snowboarder, and this band of offbeat rebels doesn't play by the old rules. Many of the sport's stars didn't even want to join the rarefied Olympian world, when the suits who run the quadrennial ice-fest invited them in four years ago, in hopes of injecting some hipness into the staid Winter Games....

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