Finding salvation at the finish line, Dan Jansen, the Olympics' heartbreak kid, is first at last

Dan Jansen is not the only person to fall on the ice. People do it all the time. Crossing the street. On a frozen pond. Even on the perfectly planed surfaces of a world-class oval or rink. World champions and gold-medal favorites tumble as ignominiously as tots on double runners. Ask Brian Boitano of the U.S. and Kurt Browning of Canada. Or Germany's Gunda Niemann, the favorite in the women's 3,000-m race last week. One second she is in full stride, the next she is sliding on her derriere. Bye-bye, medal. Is anyone surprised that ice is meant to be slippery?


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