From The Publisher: Feb. 10, 1992

As athletes from 64 nations gather in Albertville, France, next week for the 16th Winter Olympics, TIME's staff will begin a transatlantic, marathon effort to cover the Games. This week's special 15-page preview, coordinated by Jose M. Ferrer III, assistant managing editor of TIME's International editions, will be the first of four special sections on the competition. "There's a magical quality to the Winter Games, a sense that they retain the original Olympic ideal," says Ferrer. "Our job will be to portray the human stories behind the global Games."

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