Sport: King of the Hill

A Yank wins the World Cup

On any given day, Ski Racer Phil Mahre of Yakima, Wash., cannot be sure of beating his own family: his twin brother Steve is just as talented and only slightly less consistent than he. But last week Phil became the first American in history to win the sport's highest award, the World Cup.

Mahre, 23, went into the last race of the season, a giant slalom at Laax, Switzerland, needing a third-place finish or better to edge out the great Swedish slalom and giant-slalom specialist Ingemar Stenmark in the winter-long Cup competition. At the end of the...

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