Sport: In the French Alps

The Germans got back into top-rung international competition, for the first time since World War II, in the two-man world bobsled championships. But not without a preliminary hassle.

L'Alpe-d'Huez, scene of the championships, has a fine bobsled course; it also has vivid memories of 1944, when German occupation troops tricked French resistance groups into the open and mowed them down. It took a French Foreign Office check of the records—and the discovery that none of the German bobsledders ever served near L'Alpe-d'Huez—to reconcile French opinion. Even then, the German team decided not to fly the...

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