Sport: Strongest Man in the World

For a youngster who wanted to distinguish himself as an athlete, Doug Hepburn of Vancouver began with disadvantages: a congenitally deformed right foot and shrunken right leg. But a dozen years ago, when Doug was 14, he set himself a goal. He told his mother: "I'm going to be the strongest man in the world."

Doug went to work lifting weights in Vancouver's Y.M.C.A. gym, laid out a stern regime for himself. Outside school, he spent most of his time worrying the weights, fueling up on enormous daily quotas of calories and proteins (e.g., three or four steaks a day). He never...

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