Olympics: Triumph . . . And Tragedy

At the Olympics, for every jubilant Pirmin Zurbriggen skiing to the limit, there is a devastated Dan Jansen suffering to the extreme. One suggests a bright ribbon, the other a black armband. But both are important players. They need each other to describe the Winter Games' opening week, with its fist in the air, its head in its hands, a grin on its face, a tear in its eye, and still eight days to go.

As touchstones, the Swiss downhiller and the Wisconsin speed skater could have been a little tidier: Zurbriggen, 25, triumphed and fell; Jansen, 22, fell and ....

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