Sport: Strictly 24-Carat

It was the culmination of 20,000 hours of labor over ten years. And to Peggy Fleming, 19, a raven-haired Colorado College coed, the effort was all worthwhile when she stepped onto the winner's podium at Grenoble last week and heard played The Star-Spangled Banner for the first and perhaps only time in the 1968 Winter Olympics. "This feeling," said Figure Skater Fleming, "can never be shared—even by the richest people."

The performance that won Peggy her Olympic gold medal was strictly 24-carat. For two days, under the intense scrutiny of nine judges, she traced on the ice "paragraph loops," "rockers" and "brackets"...