Skiing: The Trouble with Being No. 1

When the International Ski Federation issued its seedings for 1968, France's Jean-Claude Killy, 24, became the first skier in history to rank No. 1 in all three categories: slalom, giant slalom and downhill. Deservedly so. Last year the son of a Val d'Isère innkeeper won an astonishing 27 out of 32 events to make a shambles of competition for the World Cup.

In this Olympic year, with everyone giving it an extra push, that triple first ranking puts triple pressure on Jean-Claude. In the season's first big race at Val d'Isère, Killy came in...

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