Sport: Against Long Odds

As a child of eleven, Tenley Albright was a pint-sized figure skater with big ambitions, already precociously practicing for the U.S. Eastern Junior title. Then polio struck. It was of a non-paralytic spinal type, but it left her with weakened muscles. Tenley, daughter of a Boston surgeon, took her father's advice: "Try to continue skating. The exercise is what you need."

Against long odds, Tenley tried, hour after painstaking hour. Within four months she was in winning form. This week Tenley Albright, now 17, became the first U.S. girl ever to win the...

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