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November 1, 2007

Profiles in Distress

Steve Friedman explores athletes' agony.

Carl Bialik

For his 14 profiles of athletes' inner lives, author Steve Friedman strayed far from the sports pages. Outside of a visit with a former basketball phenom, long forgotten, Friedman sticks with practitioners of individual sports. Bowler Pete Weber likes beer too much. Marco Pantani's drug habit pushed him over the edge. Scott Williamson goes hiking and leaves everything—and everyone—behind.

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