Olympics: The Fall and Rise of Dan Jansen

Racing just after his sister's death, Dan Jansen took a spill. Four days later, he went down again but rose in the eyes of the world

American Speed Skater Dan Jansen was carrying a weight of grief last week, and he fell. At 22, he was at the top of his form, having won the 500-meter at the world sprint championships near his home in West Allis, Wis., just a week earlier. But at 6 a.m. Sunday, eleven hours before he was to pursue the gold at that distance in Calgary, Jansen was summoned to a phone. It was a call from the hospital room of his sister Jane with the news that she was rapidly losing her yearlong battle with leukemia. The eldest of nine children...

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