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Victory Is Theirs: Lindsey Van

Updated: February 9, 2014, 3:35 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- With a matter of seconds devoted to each national team's procession into the Opening Ceremony on television, Lindsey Van's odds of being on camera were slim. The world feed broadcast in the Main Press Center in the Olympic Park didn't appear to pick her out. But it's hard to imagine an athlete who felt more fulfilled in completing a personal journey.

Van, the 29-year-old ski jumping pioneer who won the 2009 world championship, spent years convinced ...

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