The Olympics: King Killy

Of the many heroes at the 1968 Win ter Olympics, the man who stands above all is a moody, onetime consumptive who complains of a nervous stomach and insomnia, and likes to talk in par ables. "When I was a child," says Jean-Claude Killy, 24, who last week swept three gold medals in Alpine skiing, "I had a friend named Gérard d'Agallier.

He was always the fastest, but he never really believed in skiing; he never thought it could be a whole life. And where is Gérard now? Down in the val ley...