The Olympics: The Man to Beat

When the flame is lit this week for the 10th Winter Olympics at Grenoble, France, TV will carry the Games to 200 million people around the world. One sport and one athlete will dominate everyone's attention. The sport is Alpine skiing—with its hurtling downhill races and snow-spraying slaloms. The athlete is France's Jean-Claude Killy, an innkeeper's son from Val d'Isère in the French Alps, whose élan and ebullience have made him an almost legendary figure at the age of 24.

For kicks, Killy races fast cars and jumps from airplanes; he has tried...