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Behind Gold

Persevering as a Sport Pioneer
2 years ago

Persevering as a Sport Pioneer

pi·o·neer, noun 1. a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. synonyms: settler, colonist, colonizer, frontiersman, frontierswoman, explorer, trailblazer, “the pioneers of …
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The Coach
2 years ago

The Coach

It was a chaotic scene in the finish area of Axamer Lizum outside of Innsbruck, Austria. Two 20-year-old men stood locked in embrace. One was this clean cut young man …
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Leaving a Legacy
2 years ago

Leaving a Legacy

It was a busy weekend for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team at the World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden – a far cry from where things were a decade …
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Having Belief in Yourself
2 years ago

Having Belief in Yourself

By  •  Ski, Behind Gold

In the wax cabin outside the stadium, Bryan Fletcher pulled on his cross country race bib one more time. In a few minutes he would step to the starting line …
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Coming Full Circle
2 years ago

Coming Full Circle

Crowds were packed at the bottom of the halfpipe on a snowy January day at Breckenridge, the last stop of the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix. It was final run with …
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Finding Freedom
2 years ago

Finding Freedom

By  •  Behind Gold

In just over a week the greatest skiers and snowboarders in the world will gather in PyeongChang for the Olympic Winter Games. There’s a special passion shared by skiers and …
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Olympians: It’s a Family
2 years ago

Olympians: It’s a Family

Shaun White was humbled, walking on stage to receive his Burton Olympic competition uniform. Teen Maggie Voisin wiped away a tear. There were hugs all around as Olympians gathered on …
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Learning to Climb

By  •  Ski, Behind Gold

The gut wrenching climb up Alpe Cermis in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy is one of the ultimate tests of athletic suffering – a punishing 9 kilometer final stage of …
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The Tears of Time
2 years ago

The Tears of Time

Sarah Hendrickson stood at the top of the 134 meter ski jump at Holmenkollen, the city of Oslo in the distance. Japan’s Sara Takanashi had just flown 133.5 meters to …
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When the Improbable Becomes Reality
2 years ago

When the Improbable Becomes Reality

Ted Ligety stood in the finish line looking a bit stunned. He stared up to the scoreboard – calculations and probabilities rushing through his mind. Two skiers remained at the …
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