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Feb 14, 2022

Without mountains, Indiana isn’t known as a mecca for winter sports. So the state’s historic connections with the Summer Olympics are much more extensive than with their winter counterparts. Even so, there have been links for more than 40 years, which Hoosier History Live will explore following the international hoopla with the opening ceremony tonight of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

A bobsledder from Indianapolis competed in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, then became a firefighter before his untimely death. A figure skater who grew up in Bloomington captured a bronze medal at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Also at those Winter Olympics in Calgary, a brother and sister from Marion, Ind., drew national attention because of their hard-luck story and their hometown’s efforts to support their dreams.