GenXers: Peter would have loved them

They're twenty-something, revved, and ready to make their mark.

THE WORLD WATCHED as America's much-vaunted snowboarders considered defying Olympic traditions by refusing to wear the official team costume, in order to defend their individualism. These talented young athletes are among those who are often referred to as Generation X.

Television programs and advertisements have glorified the Generation X approach to life. The extreme attitudes, risks, and lifestyles seem to promise extreme rushes of joy. And when the challenges are mastered and no longer provide a thrill, the search for even more extreme risks begins. Life is symbolized by a mad, barely controlled dash down the mountain—with the ride often being more important than any accomplishment along the way.

June 29, 1998

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