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'I'm dying to be last torchbearer': Fight over top spot

Updated: December 1, 2005, 6:56 PM ET
Associated Press

TURIN, Italy -- Skiing great Alberto Tomba remains the odds-on favorite, but regional star Stefania Belmondo is gaining steam in her quest to light the flame at the Turin Games opening ceremony Feb. 10.

A retired two-time Olympic champion in cross country skiing, Belmondo makes no secret of her wishes.

"I'm dying to be the last torchbearer,'' she said.

In September, Belmondo abandoned a comeback attempt to spend more time with her two children. She was born in Vinadio outside Turin, ...

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