Canada: Taming the Spirit Wrestlers

For more than three years, the village of Krestova in British Columbia's bleak, windswept Kootenay 'hills lay empty as a ghost town. Winter snows blanketed the black hulls of bathtubs, the skeletons of old beds, the charred frames of burnt-out houses. Wolves loped where the valleys once ran fat with cattle, and local ranchers gave the town a wide berth. Then, last week, life returned to Krestova (which in Russian means "City of the Cross"). A band of burly, hard-eyed men and women with thick Russian accents trickled back to the Kootenays....

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