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Re: Remembering the Berlin Olympics and Beyond

Art and George,

Thank you for sharing!!! That was enlightening and very informative.

George, I totally enjoyed your piece. I felt your pride and adoration, as well as, your awakening to the realization of what it meant to be Black in America. Lovely, please share more!!

My Olymics was the Calgary 1988 winter games. From the moment I saw her face, nothig held my interest more so than Debbie Thomas. To see a face so deep in color, that it glued your eyes to the screen, was unusual to see in the winter games. But there she was, skating faster, leaping higher than any of her counterparts. An African American woman competing in Figure Skating made my heart leap because I took (and still do) such deep pleasure in seeing people of color in places that where not considered the norm.

Though some people were disappointed that she took only the bronze and others angry that she even made the stand. In my eyes she won platinum that day -- if I could only stand the cold, I would have made my way onto the ice, even if only for a brief moment in time.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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