1992 Winter Olympics: Even In Alberto-Ville, Everyman Lives

The Winter Games close with a handful of global champions and a host of local happy heroes

Michael Teruel slips into view with a tiny Canon Sure Shot in his hands. He stops three young Moroccan skiers, waving flags, and asks if they'll pose for a picture with him. Athletes are role models, he tells a passerby, and should speak out more about the environment, the nuclear threat, the depletion of our energy sources. Last night, he goes on excitedly, he not only went to an ice- hockey game but even got two pretty Swiss girls to autograph his ticket! Teruel, a Philippine-American, seems like any other voluble, idealistic 22- year-old student with braces on his teeth and...