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Stalker ordeal shadows Taormina as she trains for Olympic pentathlon

Updated: May 17, 2008, 2:22 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Sheila Taormina is more guarded now. She sits in a hotel restaurant at 7 a.m., eyeballing the breakfast buffet. She agrees to meet only after a mini word-of-mouth background check. She's read self-help books on forgiveness; she's sat on the therapy couch, wrung 12 months of anxiety out of her soul, and told the counselor she wants to enjoy people again.

She proceeds to pour her heart out about everything from stalkers to growing old to how she used to be able to put away ...

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