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Through all adversity, Slutskaya simply wants gold

Updated: February 23, 2006, 4:50 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

While much of the focus in the United States has been on the withdrawal of Michelle Kwan from the Olympic figure skating competition, the buzz surrounding the gold medal favorite in Torino has been relatively quiet.

So quiet, in fact, that Irina Slutskaya arrived in Torino with hardly any fanfare. The reigning world champion had been training without the media glare at home in Moscow.

"I can practice how I want and when I want," Slutskaya recently told ESPN.com. "I just want ...

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