More Shorts: Putting Her Hopes on Ice

Putting Her Hopes on Ice

In races around the oval-shaped wooden track, cyclists usually jockey for position until an opportune moment occurs to seize the lead and outsprint one's opponent to the finish. East Germany's Christa Rothenburger Luding, a speed-skating gold medalist in Calgary, depended upon legs made strong on ice to surge to another medal last week, a silver in the 1,000-meter match sprint. That made the 28-year-old physical-education student the first athlete ever to win a winter and summer medal in the same Olympic year. Luding missed achieving a pure gold winter-summer double by a split second as she was nipped by the Soviet...

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