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Jan. 8, 2003

Derek Parra's 'Reflections in the Ice' 

The eight of us stood there holding the World Trade Center flag, tears streaming down our faces. The national anthem of the United States rang out like never before. As the "Land of the free and the home of the brave" drew to a close, a gust of wind lifted the flag from beneath and I struggled to maintain my grip. It was as if the spirits of all the victims of 9/11 were saying to the world, "We are not defeated."

So begins the prelude of Olympic champion speedskater Derek Parra's new autobiography, 'Reflections in the Ice,' that has already gotten rave reviews from Olympic legends Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen and Eric Heiden. 

AP Athlete of the Year
For Lance Armstrong, 2003 was a year of struggles and triumph. Divorce divided his family. A crash, dehydration and some admittedly poor riding nearly cost him a fifth straight Tour de France title.
But just when his dominance teetered near its end, Armstrong won and put himself in position to become the first rider to take six in a row in 2004. For that, Armstrong was honored as the AP's Male Athlete of the Year.


FS Nationals
Michelle Kwan (shown here with Donald Duck) is thinking about competing in the 2006 Olympics, when she'll be 25. "The possibility for me being at the Olympics in Italy is very high," Kwan said Tuesday. "I'm starting to believe I can be in Italy. I find myself saying, 'This is crazy.'"

Kwan and the rest of America's top skaters are competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals in Atlanta this week through Sunday.

Best of 2003
What a year for American athletes ... world titles, world records ... putting it all on the line for the red, white and blue. We've compiled the best stories and quotes from some of the top performers from 2003, including Michael Phelps, Hannah Teter, Johnny Spillane, Deena Drossin, Allen Iverson, Daron Rahlves, Sada Jacobson and many, many more.

Sullivan Finalists
World champions from 2003 -- Michael Phelps, Paul Hamm, Chellsie Memmel, and Steven Lopez (pictured) -- headline the 2003 Sullivan Award finalist list. The 12 names, including Barb Lindquist, Apolo Anton Ohno, and John Fonseca will be reduced to five finalists and a winner in April.   

Huge Hockey Win
The U.S. won its first gold medal in the 28-year history of the IIHF World Junior Championship, defeating Canada in dramatic fashion, including three unanswered goals in the third period, to earn a thrilling 4-3 victory.

Close Shave
Todd Lodwick won the sixth career Nordic combined World Cup, edging Ronny Ackermann of Germany, the World Cup leader, by .07 seconds in a photo finish, Lodwick also won the three-event German Grand Prix title.

closing ceremonies ***
The U.S. Olympic Team.
It's Not Every Four Years. It's Every Day.

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'Reflections in the Ice'


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