Sport: Olympic Dress Rehearsal

Swiss yodels richocheted through the snow-covered New England mountains. On the swarming ski slopes at Stowe, Vt., amid the babel of German, French, Norwegian and Italian, American voices were all but lost. The affair sounded like a dress rehearsal for next year's winter Olympics, and to the U.S. Olympic Ski Games Committee, the American-International Ski Races were just that.

While the women were onstage, the committee was pleased with the show. Picking a team was easy. Back on the long boards after a two-year layoff, Andrea Mead Lawrence, 22, first U.S. skier ever to...

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