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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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It’s No Longer A Dream
2 years ago

It’s No Longer A Dream

By  •  Olympics, Ski

Her smile told the story – beaming relentlessly in the glare of the stage lights as she looked out over the thousands gathered in Olympic Plaza. She stared down at …
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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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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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