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Tough climate produces tougher athletes

Updated: February 5, 2009, 1:51 PM ET
By Ryan Canner-O'Mealy | ESPNRISE.com

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories about athletes playing sports in cold weather. Share your stories and upload your cold weather photos here.

The night before the 2007 Alaska state track meet, Will Egolf couldn't sleep. It's not that he was too nervous or too pumped to get some shut-eye. It was just too bright outside.

Even though his hotel room clock said it was midnight, the sun was beaming through the curtains as Egolf tossed and turned. In a state best known ...

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