Sport: The Joy of Taking Part

Beyond the satisfaction of a hard-fought victory, the stirring sound of national anthems and the glint of the medals, there is something more to an Olympics, a warming sense best displayed by the athletes who have no hope of placing in the top three, perhaps even the top 30, but nonetheless go home winners.

When Bonny came sliding home

Bonny Warner, 21, a U.S. luge racer, crashed in her third run and skidded agonizingly to the finish. "Until then I was in eighth place," she said proudly, ahead of the two kindly West Germans who...

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