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Behind Gold

The Lonely Road Back

By  •  Ski, Behind Gold

It had been 263 days since Laurenne Ross lain on the snow at Sugarloaf screaming in pain. Ski racing carries risks, as Ross knows – broken pelvis, torn ACL, lacerations …
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Ever Graceful
2 years ago

Ever Graceful

Åreskutan is a magical mountain. At the top, a thick layer of rim ice coats the trees. From the peak at over 1,400 meters you see nothing but wilderness in …
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The Meaning of Courage
2 years ago

The Meaning of Courage

The two girls seemed almost giddy – playing around for the photographers as they celebrated on the podium. German ski star Viki Rebensburg reached over and pulled Mikaela Shiffrin’s familiar …
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Fourth Golden for Pioneering Moseley
2 years ago

Fourth Golden for Pioneering Moseley

Jonny Moseley stood atop the steep pitch of Champion at Deer Valley. Down below were 20,000 fans screaming at the top of their lungs. In the start, he buckled his …
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Dominating Birds of Prey
2 years ago

Dominating Birds of Prey

By  •  Ski, Behind Gold

As downhill racers go, Daron Rahlves was physically small but big in stature – a bold, smart risk taker who loved speed. December 3, 2004 – Rahlves stood atop the …
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50 Years to an Olympic Medal
2 years ago

50 Years to an Olympic Medal

Anders Haugen loved to soar through the air, the wind pushing at his chest, his arms on wing, body flying like a bird with leather boots firmly affixed to 10-foot …
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Nine Seconds to Glory
3 years ago

Nine Seconds to Glory

By  •  Ski, Behind Gold

The 20-year-old young man sat on an aluminum bar high above the Norwegian forest. He waited patiently for the sign from his coach, Bine Norčič. He was there to perform …
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The Simple but Complex Road Back
4 years ago

The Simple but Complex Road Back

By  •  Ski, Behind Gold

Every day like clockwork, there she was – riding the cardio bike and stretching her body to regain mobility, looking for a way to ease her pain.

It’s …
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11 years ago

The 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley were magical. Crowds of nearly 50,000 packed the small valley near Lake Tahoe as Walt Disney enraptured them with pageantry. Just five …
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