The 20th Winter Games will bring 2,500 athletes from 85 nations--including a powerful U.S. contingent--to Turin, Italy, a city known more for its cars and its shroud than for sports.

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PHOTOPhotograph byMichael O'Neill THEVANGUARD Apolo Anton Ohno (center), who won a gold and a silver in 2002, willlead the U.S. short-track speedskating team (including, from left, Rusty Smith,Allison Baver, Ohno, Hyo-Jung Kim and J.P. Kepka) into action against strongsquads from China, South Korea and Canada.