August 7, 2004 |
Fabiola da Silva doesn't have the physical strength of her competition, so she finds strength from within. It's a gift, she said, from her father, who died last year just before she skated in the X Games. And it's a personality trait from her mother, who is paralyzed on her right side -- the aftereffect of a stroke. And it's a strength fueled by the loss of a close friend, Andre Abreu, who drowned in a boating accident in April.