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February 21, 2010


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Love your website & how you have poets contribute columns like this.

There's no boxing in the Winter Olympics, but Ms. Calvocoressi still rocks the coverage. Pretty much a hero poet, that one.

Great post. I too am crazy about Bode. I watch the games and each time am just blown away by the athletes' dedication to their sport. And they don't all walk away with lucrative endorsement deals so that's not what the sacrifices are about for most of them. (When was the last time you saw a bobsledder or curler on a box of cereal?) And how about Apolo 7! From a sullen teenager to a champion! And for the most part they're such good sports. (Russian silver medalist figure skater excepted.)There's a lot here Gabrielle. Thanks for your particular insights. I especially like your comments about the half-pipe. And I bet you look just fine in your spandex.

I know. And I haven't written yet about the fact that Home Depot has stopped their sponsorship program where they hire Olympians to work, allowing them a reduced work week and benefits. It's a big deal. Hm. Maybe next week.

I'm wearing the spandex right now. I think they are amazing. But others...something about lacking professionalism in the classroom...

And thanks, Megan. That's amazing to hear.

Terrific column, Gaby. I can't get over the idea that Torah is the first name of the snowboard champ.

Her parents named her that because of a Jewish friend! This was during the time her mother was searching for a system of faith. Uh-mazing.

Thanks, Gabrielle. it's so fun seeing Tiger who is so good at what he does having so much fun being so good...yes. An inspiration for any work we do.

Dear Gaby,

I love your sports coverage! Can you PLEASE write about Johnny Weir?


We here at Sports Desk are thrilled to take requests. I was going to write about Johnny Weir this past week. I'll have plenty to say about him this weekend.


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