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No Birkie for me this year

By Will Maines

STOP THE PRESSES. Hold the phone. The biggest story of the winter just hit the wires. There will be no American Birkebeiner ski race Feb. 23.

Okay, so this isn’t April Fools’ Day, and there will really be a Birkie on its regularly scheduled date, but the previous paragraph did contain a grain of truth.

There will be a Birkie this year; just not for me. A bout of acute bronchitis that put me down for the count last week has wiped out any thoughts of me skiing the Birkie.

I realize you’re probably saying to yourself about this time, “Big deal,

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:53 PM

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