Spillane's silver signifies breakthrough
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Gasping for air, American Johnny Spillane was gliding toward the finish line, cowbells clanking in his ears, the stars and stripes shimmering in the stands, a gold medal and greatness both within his grasp.
Just a stride and a half away from being crowned an Olympic champion, out of his right eye Spillane caught the blur of a black and white ski suit as France's Jason Lamy Chappuis zoomed past. Spillane was too exhausted and too exhilarated to care.
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