Sport: Weather: Fair; Track: Icy

He gave up bobsledding six years ago. Then big, high-strung Bill Linney got the itch again and vowed he would become U.S. bobsled champion. An engineer by trade, he went about it with an engineer's eye for detail.

With his brother Bob, he built his own 507-lb. sled in a Republic Steel foundry —the only bobsled with all-steel runners, steel body and shock absorbers. He took a leave from his engineering job, spent weeks practicing. One week he thundered down Lake Placid's twisting mile of ice 31 times. He had cameras set up at each turn, at night studied the movies like...

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