Marching to Their Own Beat

"I get my happiness, my life, from the act of striving for excellence "

Far from the flash and golden glamour that glint off U.S. Alpine skiers, figure skaters and hockey players, another breed of home-grown Olympians will drive themselves beyond reason in strange and dangerous events without so much as a pat on the back or, for most, even a faint hope of gold, silver or bronze medals. U.S. athletes in the "minor" winter sports of biathlon, Nordic skiing, bobsled, luge and ski jumping have won only one silver and one bronze since 1956. But despite archaic equipment, meager training and,...

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