To win his second gold medal in the second alpine skiing event of the Calgary Games, the best skier in the world simply had to finish a race last week. Pirmin Zurbriggen, the shy, pious and talented 25-year-old Swiss superskier needed only to negotiate the 57 red and blue slalom gates stretching before him down the slope.By CHRIS WOOD9 min
My favorite Olympic story in volves the grader that was in the process of preparing the field for the opening ceremonies at Mc Mahon Stadium. At one stage, to turn the unwieldy vehicle around, the oper ator backed out of a gate. Couldn't get back in.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
On curved art deco terrace of Miami Beach’s Breakwater Hotel, an evening sea breeze was fanning the patriotic bunting strung from the doorway. Inside the lobby, an overflow crowd of 400 CubanAmericans had gathered to shout support for their new champion, former television evangelist Marion (Pat) Robertson.By MARCI McDONALD8 min
Somebody once described Canadian weather as half a year of snow followed by six months of bad sledding. But last week in Edmonton, a group of cold-weather enthusiasts met to extol the virtues of winter, with the emphasis not so much on how to survive the frigid season as on how to profit from it.By Peter C. Newman4 min
According to local lore, the first miracle of Knock occurred on a rainy night in August, 1879, when 15 villagers claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist. More than 100 years later that apparition is indirectly responsible for what many residents refer to as the second miracle of Knock: a new international airport 15 km north of the small town of 400 in western Ireland’s depressed Connaught province.By MICHAEL KEANE4 min
It was a virtuoso performance by an outstanding master of his craft. With all the verve at his command, American figure skater Brian Boitano claimed the Olympic gold medal last Saturday night in a showdown with the king of Canadian skating, world champion Brian Orser.By JANE O’HARA8 min
As the crosscountry competition opened last week on the trails of the Canmore Nordic Centre, Olympic fans lined the course, craning to catch a glimpse of their Scandinavian heroes. Waving flags, they strained to see such gold medal favorites as Sweden’s Gunde Svan and Finland’s Marjo Matikainen.By DANIELLE KEEFLER4 min
In June, 1986, Linda McQuaig, a 34year-old reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail, sent shock waves through the Canadian publishing world when she won an $88,000 advance for her first book. Authors and publishers seemed incredulous that a text by a first-time author-and on the seemingly dry subject of the country's tax sys tem—could command such a startlingly high sum.By ANN WALMSLEY7 min
In the dead of winter the 350-year-old stands of pine are imposing against the backdrop of snow. For generations the wilderness that surrounds Lake Temagami in northeastern Ontario, about 100 km north of North Bay, has been a favorite haunt of nature lovers—and a steady source of livelihood for loggers, millworkers and tourist operators.By SHERI AIKENHEAD4 min
Within hours of the opening of the XV Olympic Winter Games it was apparent that some pages of the carefully scripted hockey tournament were either missing or had been rewritten. In an attempt to prolong the drama until the Games’ closing days—and to involve the U.S. team in the suspense—the ABC TV network convinced Games organizers to include six teams, rather than the traditional four, in the final medal round.By BRUCE WALLACE6 min
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