Kristen Thorsness

Kris Thorsness keeps her Olympic gold medal in her sock drawer, but she isn’t afraid to take it out and let other people wear it. “My poor medal shows its wear,’’ she said. “Mine has been touched and put on and dropped. It’s been well-loved.’’ Alaskans have done their share of the loving. People still revel in Thorsness’ victory at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles because she was the first Alaskan to win an Olympic medal, the first to prove Alaskans belong on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

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