Life After The Glory

Harding. Kerrigan. Baiul. Gordeeva. In 1994 they held the world rapt. Next came the test: real life

With every ice-gouging jump, every painted-on smile and every slip-and-slide wipeout broadcast into our homes on an incessant beam, we all know how difficult it is to become a world-class figure skater. We nod knowingly when commentators talk about turnout of feet and good position in camels.

But the past four years have taught us that there might be one thing in skating more difficult than making it to the Olympics: making it all the way back to the real world when the Games are done.

Four female skaters Lutzed out of Lillehammer in 1994 as international household names, and each...

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