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A great day, a perfect evening

Life is good in Sestriere when you're drinking beer while watching Olympic skiing, sexy models and an improbable gold medalist.

Updated: February 17, 2006, 5:23 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

SESTRIERE, Italy -- I'm reclining on a restaurant sundeck that overlooks the Italian Alps, a fur blanket protecting me from the late afternoon chill. The sun is sinking to my right, on its way to a sunset as spectacularly colored as a vintage Houston Astros jersey. I raise my glass of beer, take another sip and glance down to the slalom course below where Bode Miller is about to begin a run.

This is sooooo much better than the Shea Stadium press box.

I'm in the mountain resort village ...

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