Sport: Andy at Oslo

Andrea Mead Lawrence, who usually skis for fun, was not feeling particularly happy one morning last week. Up early, she found she didn't want any breakfast. Instead, she hiked to the ski slope and made a short run, halfway down the hill, to loosen her tense muscles. Then she caught the tow for a pull to the top of Norway's Olympic giant slalom course.

At the top, she took off her skis and began a laborious trek, often hip-deep in snow,* down the 1,000-meter course. At each of the 59 "gates," the flag-decked poles...

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