Sport: For Purple Mountains' Majesty

Mahre wins third World Cup; McKinney nears a U.S. sweep

No American ski racer had ever won a World Cup until Phil Mahre won three. On consecutive snowy days last week, he beat Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark and everyone else to the bottom of Colorado cliffs in Aspen and Vail, ensuring his third straight championship. "Europeans aren't such great travelers," Mahre said compassionately. "They miss their mountains." Stenmark misses his World Cups. "I'm disappointed," said the former king of the hill, winner of three overall titles before Mahre. "I think I can never win the...

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