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Death at the Olympics

Nothing prepares you for the death of a young athlete. When luger Nodar Kumaritashvili lost his life yesterday in a training run at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the tragedy spoke to everyone who has ever pursued a goal. Kumaritashvili, who was from the Republic of Georgia, had trained for years to do exactly what […]

You Against Yourself

“They can because they think they can.” (The Aeneid) — Virgil Today my wife and I leave (courtesy of a Christmas gift from daughter Katie) for a weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., to witness the 2009 World Luge Championships. Many of the athletes we see will be competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, […]