From The Publisher: Mar. 2, 1992

TIME's multinational staff can never agree on which country to cheer for in the Olympics, but we are unanimous in supporting one particular team: our own. For the past several weeks, this 20-member unit coped admirably with some hair-raising logistics. Just getting from one far-flung venue to another along traffic-clogged roads was a nightmare; men's Alpine skiing, for example, was held mostly in Val d'Isere, while women's was in Meribel, two hours away by bus.

Directing the team and reporting on hockey and speed skating was deputy chief of correspondents Paul A. Witteman, who trained at Seoul and Calgary. Like most...