When they finally step onto the rink, the Muses join a last-man-out drill in which, once the skaters have completed three laps, the last skater in line must drop out of the competition. Fifteen skaters begin streaking around the course at top speed, jockeying to avoid being last. Dante skims so close to the pylons his upper body is cantilevered over them. With six skaters remaining, Tony sprints past his brother on the straightaway to take the lead. He drifts wildly through the corners and zigzags down the center of the straightaways so Dante can't pass him.
Tony wins, and Dante stalks to a bench, where he yanks off one skate. "I hate it when he does that. I hate being cheated even more than losing," he says, slamming the skate down. "He's skating outdoor technique—he brakes in the corners to stall me and then shuttle skates down the straightaways so I can't pass. A ref would call him for that." From the center of the rink Tony flashes a smile and says, "I love winning."