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By Jere Longman and Jere Longman,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 5, 1992
VAL D'ISERE, France -- The worst thing that could happen to a Winter Olympics happened yesterday.Winter.More than a foot of snow fell in a blizzard in Val d'Isere, where the men's downhill is to be held Sunday. Snow is just what the French needed for scenery and the last thing they needed as they prepared to move 730,000 spectators to downhill races and bobsled runs spread over 13 venues connected by narrow mountain roads."It will be terrible if the weather is like this," Claude Regis said as he wiped a red trickle from his nose and inspected the damage to his Audi station wagon after its collision with a snowplow on the road down from Val d'Isere.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 5, 1994
It's one race on one day but it could forever color the career of AJ Kitt, the American who would be king of the men's downhill.For nearly three years, now, Kitt has been among the skiing elite, attacking mountains and taking on the world's best in places like Val d'Isere, France and Kitzbuehl, Austria.He has won some World Cup medals. And had a few taken away under circumstances layered with intrigue and mystery.But this is his moment to race free and perhaps win the 1994 Winter Olympics men's downhill on a slope of ice and snow called Kvitfjell.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 26, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- In the village of Val d'Isere, they knew of the special grace and stubborn individualism of an 8-year-old child named Jean-Claude Killy.It was a different place seven years after German occupiers were routed in World War II, a slow-paced town still awakening to the world beyond the next mountain. There were no boutiques stuffed with $400 fuchsia-and-black ski outfits, no restaurants with $40 lunch specials, no $200,000 condos.There wasn't even a television set.In the hard-bitten hamlet in the Savoie region of France, shepherds worked sunup to sundown, grazing cattle on wind-swept land nestled in the Alps.
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By Bob Sansevere and Bob Sansevere,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 10, 1992
VAL D'ISERE, France -- Before he saw his time, before he learned his race down one of the earth's most demanding ski runs just wasn't fast enough, AJ Kitt thought he had a shot at some Olympic glory."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 5, 1992
SAINTE FOY, France -- Claude Regis stood in the middle of the road next to his crumpled Audi station wagon yesterday. He just had lost a game of automotive pingpong with a snowplow.Blood dripped from his nose. Snow caked his camel's-hair sports coat and Izod shirt."It's going to be terrible if it's like this," said Regis, who was traveling from his hotel in Val d'Isere.Say goodbye to Spring Break at the Winter Olympics. Four days before the opening ceremonies, the sun-drenched Savoie region suddenly was caked with a blizzard that left up to a foot of snow in the mountains and turned downtown Albertville into the slush capital of Europe.
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February 7, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- On a bright, beautiful day, there was no snow, no fog, no rain and no punctuation marks.AJ Kitt, so fast the periods blew off his name, came to the Olympics yesterday.Unofficially, he is the cover boy of the Albertville Winter Games. He is an American who takes on mountains, a downhiller who streaks across ice and snow and leaves behind a white jet stream.This drag-racer on skis took on the Bellevarde face in Val d'Isere. It was just a practice run before Sunday's Olympic main event, the men's downhill.
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December 8, 1991
American skier wins men's World Cup raceA.J. Kitt became the first American in seven years to win a men's World Cup race, taking the opening downhill of the season yesterday at Val D'Isere, France.Kitt, 23, from Rochester, N.Y., flew down the 2.1-mile course in 1 minute, 55.69 seconds. Leonhard Stock of Austria, the defending champion at Val D'Isere and the 1980 Olympic gold medalist in the downhill, was second in 1:56.18. Switzerland's world champion, Franz Heinzer, was third in 1:56.21, edging another Swiss, Daniel Mahrer, by .01 of a second.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 5, 1994
It's one race on one day but it could forever color the career of AJ Kitt, the American who would be king of the men's downhill.For nearly three years, now, Kitt has been among the skiing elite, attacking mountains and taking on the world's best in places like Val d'Isere, France and Kitzbuehl, Austria.He has won some World Cup medals. And had a few taken away under circumstances layered with intrigue and mystery.But this is his moment to race free and perhaps win the 1994 Winter Olympics men's downhill on a slope of ice and snow called Kvitfjell.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Correspondent | February 8, 1992
VAL D'ISERE, France -- From a gondola that sways in the winter wind high above the French Alps, the icy course below looms like a white monster that twists and bends and oozes down the side of a mountain.There is a start that launches a skier from 0 to 60 faster than a Porsche, a turn that loops like an S, a set of boulders where only the bravest dare tread, a cluster of stomach-churning dips and an alley so narrow you can imagine a set of bowling pins at one end. And it ends -- 45 gates, 22 turns, four jumps, 3,191 feet lower and 1.8 miles later -- across the street from the La Schuss Bar.This is Face du Bellevarde.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 10, 1991
ALBERTVILLE, France -- Ninety days to go . . .Armando Cintron of the South Bronx and Puerto Rico is dressed in boots, jeans and an overcoat, preparing to ride his second-hand luge down a sheet of ice carved into the side of the mountain."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Correspondent | February 8, 1992
VAL D'ISERE, France -- From a gondola that sways in the winter wind high above the French Alps, the icy course below looms like a white monster that twists and bends and oozes down the side of a mountain.There is a start that launches a skier from 0 to 60 faster than a Porsche, a turn that loops like an S, a set of boulders where only the bravest dare tread, a cluster of stomach-churning dips and an alley so narrow you can imagine a set of bowling pins at one end. And it ends -- 45 gates, 22 turns, four jumps, 3,191 feet lower and 1.8 miles later -- across the street from the La Schuss Bar.This is Face du Bellevarde.
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February 7, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- On a bright, beautiful day, there was no snow, no fog, no rain and no punctuation marks.AJ Kitt, so fast the periods blew off his name, came to the Olympics yesterday.Unofficially, he is the cover boy of the Albertville Winter Games. He is an American who takes on mountains, a downhiller who streaks across ice and snow and leaves behind a white jet stream.This drag-racer on skis took on the Bellevarde face in Val d'Isere. It was just a practice run before Sunday's Olympic main event, the men's downhill.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Correspondent | February 7, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- If you get past the speed-skating oval that doesn't freeze, the bobsled-luge track that blights a mountain like a rusted appliance, the roads that wind beyond nausea to the top of the world, the sex-test controversy, the condom giveaway, the taxi drivers' strike, the dancers' strike, the snowplow drivers' strike, the $300 tickets, the $8 set of paper napkins and the free "be-nice-to-foreigners" lessons, what you are left with is...
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 5, 1992
SAINTE FOY, France -- Claude Regis stood in the middle of the road next to his crumpled Audi station wagon yesterday. He just had lost a game of automotive pingpong with a snowplow.Blood dripped from his nose. Snow caked his camel's-hair sports coat and Izod shirt."It's going to be terrible if it's like this," said Regis, who was traveling from his hotel in Val d'Isere.Say goodbye to Spring Break at the Winter Olympics. Four days before the opening ceremonies, the sun-drenched Savoie region suddenly was caked with a blizzard that left up to a foot of snow in the mountains and turned downtown Albertville into the slush capital of Europe.
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By Jere Longman and Jere Longman,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 5, 1992
VAL D'ISERE, France -- The worst thing that could happen to a Winter Olympics happened yesterday.Winter.More than a foot of snow fell in a blizzard in Val d'Isere, where the men's downhill is to be held Sunday. Snow is just what the French needed for scenery and the last thing they needed as they prepared to move 730,000 spectators to downhill races and bobsled runs spread over 13 venues connected by narrow mountain roads."It will be terrible if the weather is like this," Claude Regis said as he wiped a red trickle from his nose and inspected the damage to his Audi station wagon after its collision with a snowplow on the road down from Val d'Isere.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 26, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- In the village of Val d'Isere, they knew of the special grace and stubborn individualism of an 8-year-old child named Jean-Claude Killy.It was a different place seven years after German occupiers were routed in World War II, a slow-paced town still awakening to the world beyond the next mountain. There were no boutiques stuffed with $400 fuchsia-and-black ski outfits, no restaurants with $40 lunch specials, no $200,000 condos.There wasn't even a television set.In the hard-bitten hamlet in the Savoie region of France, shepherds worked sunup to sundown, grazing cattle on wind-swept land nestled in the Alps.
NEWS
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Correspondent | February 7, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- If you get past the speed-skating oval that doesn't freeze, the bobsled-luge track that blights a mountain like a rusted appliance, the roads that wind beyond nausea to the top of the world, the sex-test controversy, the condom giveaway, the taxi drivers' strike, the dancers' strike, the snowplow drivers' strike, the $300 tickets, the $8 set of paper napkins and the free "be-nice-to-foreigners" lessons, what you are left with is...
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By Bob Sansevere and Bob Sansevere,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 10, 1992
VAL D'ISERE, France -- Before he saw his time, before he learned his race down one of the earth's most demanding ski runs just wasn't fast enough, AJ Kitt thought he had a shot at some Olympic glory."
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December 8, 1991
American skier wins men's World Cup raceA.J. Kitt became the first American in seven years to win a men's World Cup race, taking the opening downhill of the season yesterday at Val D'Isere, France.Kitt, 23, from Rochester, N.Y., flew down the 2.1-mile course in 1 minute, 55.69 seconds. Leonhard Stock of Austria, the defending champion at Val D'Isere and the 1980 Olympic gold medalist in the downhill, was second in 1:56.18. Switzerland's world champion, Franz Heinzer, was third in 1:56.21, edging another Swiss, Daniel Mahrer, by .01 of a second.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 10, 1991
ALBERTVILLE, France -- Ninety days to go . . .Armando Cintron of the South Bronx and Puerto Rico is dressed in boots, jeans and an overcoat, preparing to ride his second-hand luge down a sheet of ice carved into the side of the mountain."
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