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A long trail to recovery

Updated: June 29, 2014, 3:36 PM ET
By Mackenzie Lobby | Special to espnW

Twenty years ago, Nikki Kimball sat down to chart a course that would take her to the 1998 Games in Nagano. She'd just finished a promising 13th in the U.S. Olympic biathlon trials, boosting her hopes of accomplishing her dream: being an Olympian.

But when she sat down, she could barely get back up. She was in the best shape of her life, but energy had abandoned her.

The former Nordic skiing star at Williams College in Massachusetts began sleeping ...

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