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Slideshow: Out of Her League

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COURSE! Nicole Bloomfield explodes through the start wand. Head-to-head racing adds an element of fun, but the clock has the final say.

COURSE! Nicole Bloomfield explodes through the start wand. Head-to-head racing adds an element of fun, but the clock has the final say.

RECLINING ATHLETE Thrill of victory? Agony of defeat? Just plain too much excitement? Sometimes it's hard to tell amid all the hubbub.

RECLINING ATHLETE Thrill of victory? Agony of defeat? Just plain too much excitement? Sometimes it’s hard to tell amid all the hubbub.

FAST WOMEN One way to guarantee there'll be some women around: Make it a team requirement. Carolyn Stimpson feigns enthusiasm.

FAST WOMEN One way to guarantee there’ll be some women around: Make it a team requirement. Carolyn Stimpson feigns enthusiasm.

NIGHT WALK Afraid of the dark? It's not much scarier than last year's snow conditions. (Note

NIGHT WALK Afraid of the dark? It’s not much scarier than last year’s snow conditions. (Note “Massachusetts powder” in woods.) Some find it safer to walk down.

STARTING SOMETHING Natalie Dumont knows races are won or lost at the start. She just wishes it were warmer in the starthouse.

STARTING SOMETHING Natalie Dumont knows races are won or lost at the start. She just wishes it were warmer in the starthouse.

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FUNCTIONAL FASHION Beer gut? Check. Chicken legs? Check. GS suit that shows it all off? For a tenth of a second, Don Roy will do almost anything.

FUNCTIONAL FASHION Beer gut? Check. Chicken legs? Check. GS suit that shows it all off? For a tenth of a second, Don Roy will do almost anything.

THE FEARSOME FLATS OK, so it's no Steilhang. But hey, Hahnenkamm competitors don't have to do it at night. Jon Bicknell drops into a tuck.

THE FEARSOME FLATS OK, so it’s no Steilhang. But hey, Hahnenkamm competitors don’t have to do it at night. Jon Bicknell drops into a tuck.

THE CLOCK DOESN'T LIE... but it does fib a little. Handicap points let the elders (like Rick McGowan, left) and lessers (Dan Johnson) compete on an…

THE CLOCK DOESN’T LIE… but it does fib a little. Handicap points let the elders (like Rick McGowan, left) and lessers (Dan Johnson) compete on an even field.