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Olympic Stories: Dara Torres has Class

Olympic Stories: Dara Torres has Class

If you watched swimming this weekend, you noticed that Dara Torres of the USA was the goodwill ambassador of the swimming venue.  During one of her races this weekend, she should some class and kindness.  One of the racers was missing.  Dara walked over to the officials to explain the situation and to make sure the race was held up until the woman returned. At issue was her swimsuit.  It ripped, which seems to be common with the new swimsuits…

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Olympic Stories: Dawn Harper Didn’t Believe It Either

Olympic Stories: Dawn Harper Didn’t Believe It Either

The only name you needed to know in the 100m hurdles was Lolo Jones.  She was the person to beat.  Then Lolo Jones hit the second to last hurdle, lost her footing, and stumbled across the finish line out of metal contention. Another American cross the finish line first only she didn’t know it.  Dawn Harper ran across the finish line, looked up at the board, then yelled “What?” over and over and over.  Disbelieve was written all over her…

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Olympic Stories: The Women’s Marathon Made Me Cry

Olympic Stories: The Women’s Marathon Made Me Cry

Doesn’t anyone else have this problem?  The Women’s Marathon makes me cry. I watched most of the marathon on TV.  For hours we followed Constantina Tomescu as she took a larger and larger lead.  Behind her a group kept pace but at a distance. Then they came up the city streets.  The Bird’s Nest Stadium was in sight.  Tomescu was the first to make the turn that took her down the road to the stadium. When Tomescu entered the stadium,…

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Olympics Stories: The Gleeful Gold

Olympics Stories: The Gleeful Gold

Did you see the women’s 100m sprint final?  Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica blasted away the field and won her first major event.10.78 seconds at just 21 years of age. I think more inspiring was the exuberant celebration afterwards.  Fraser skipped and pranced around the track laughing to herself.  She was overjoyed. During her interview with an NBC reporter, she talked about the pride of Jamaica.  Then she burst out in a case of the giggles.  I found myself laughing with…

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Olympic Stories: Indonesia beats China

Olympic Stories: Indonesia beats China

The badminton I am familiar with is the backyard variety. A net set up in someone’s backyard. Team Middle Aged against Team Perky Youth. The birdie gets hit into trees, over fences, and more often than not gets stuck in someone’s racket. Olympic badminton is a whole different bird game! This ain’t your backyard badminton. The gold medal match between Indonesia and China was really exciting. It was fast paced. I was amazed at how hard and fast they hit…

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