Sport: Flying for Fun

With rare exceptions the goalies of the world—whatever their sport—are men of taut nerves and queasy stomachs who must live with the knowledge that their every mistake means an enemy score. A special place in this international fraternity of frustration is reserved for the men who guard the goals of a game that is Europe's winter substitute for soccer. The Europeans call it "indoor handball," though to American eyes it is a particularly violent combination of basketball, soccer and hockey.

Grimly anxious, the handball goalie patrols a soccerlike goal that has an intimidatingly...

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