Younger squad lands U.S. on podium

Updated: February 25, 2010, 8:49 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- If you had to make a parallel to the familiar, Erin Pac is the anti-Lindsey Vonn. She doesn't talk about her injuries, about what hurts or when she hurt it, or if and how it affected her performance. She replaces those answers with a short smile that says, in effect, "Change the subject."

But when few people were around and the pain of a sore hamstring jackknifed through the back of her leg, the tough exterior crumbled and Pac began crying. It was earlier ...

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