Letter from the Editor


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For two weeks, every two years, I hear trumpets in my sleep. Yes, I am an Olympics junkie. I am one of those fans who watches more than just the marquee events. Don’t get me wrong; I love the prime-time televised competitions and watching the favorites and underdogs reach the medal stand. But every Olympics I stumble upon  new events in the not-so-prime time viewing hours, such as team handball, synchronized trampoline, white water kayaking, and BMX motorcross. For me, the appeal of the Olympics goes beyond the prowess of these world-class athletes and my parochial pride in watching the USA teams compete (and win). It’s the global platform and the compelling stories of these athletes — the Lopez “Tae Kwon Do” family from the U.S., Oscar Pistorius (aka Blade Runner), and six-time Olympian gymnast Oksana Chusovitina to name just a few  — that really light my personal Olympic flame; I am an…