Pirmin Zurbriggen: Super-Z Zips and Zaps Them All

Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen, the current World Cup leader, is a slashing, aggressive all-event skier in an age of specialists

Let's say there is an office pool on that ultimate test of valor and gristle, the Olympic men's downhill ski race at Mount Allan, near Calgary. You throw in your dollar, reach into the hat, and pull out the name of Switzerland's Peter Muller, say, or Canada's Rob Boyd. Congratulations! These are hairy-eared mountain men, eaters of nails, sleepers on plank floors, and you are looking fairly good to win a hatful of dollars. Muller, at 30 still the toughest downhill specialist since Austria's Franz Klammer, won the pre-Olympic downhill trial at Mount Allan last season. In downhill he was World...

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