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Tough day for Dan Jansen

Updated: February 10, 2002, 12:18 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 14, 1988

It is the worst day in Dan Jansen's life. In the morning, he speaks to his older sister Jane, who is dying of leukemia back home in West Allis, Wis. A few hours later, the speed skater learns of her death. He spends the afternoon in a quiet room at the Olympic athlete's village in Calgary speaking on the phone to family members.

He decides to compete in the 500 meters, saying "that's what Jane would've wanted." He wants to win for Jane. But emotionally ...

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