With Blades Drawn: Kerrigan and Harding

The coming showdown between Kerrigan and Harding adds a squalid new dimension to women's figure skating

All the elements will be in place -- the spotlights, the swelling waltzes and jazz tunes, the sequined sprites taking to the air. The glamour event of the Winter Olympics, the women's figure-skating competition, always the grand finale, has proved the durable stuff of fantasy. Thousands of little girls would like to catch the sparkle from those glittering beads and waft away to the Olympics too. Their elders say simply that they like to watch the sport because it looks both artful and effortless, like flight.

But this year all that gauze and grace will not conceal the fact that skating...

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