Sport: Scandinavian Field Day

The embarrassed natives of Lake Placid, N.Y. explained that the weather was really unusual. With 130 crack skiers on hand last week to compete in the Fédération Internationale de Ski world championships, there just wasn't any snow. Ice-crushing machines crunched away to give

Placid's big 65-meter hill an artificial coat of powdered ice—and one jumper broke an arm practicing on the makeshift footing. When the snow finally fell, it was like manna to Norway's prize crew of jumpers.

Under normal conditions, the Norwegians could outjump most of the rest of the world on one leg....

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