Lose the 3D photos and the stupid glasses that accompany them. Wearing my reading glasses is trouble enough. I don't need trickery to appreciate SI's superb photos.
GREG TOMS, Chambersburg, Pa.
Thanks to Rick Reilly for the excellent story about Equatorial Guinea swimmer Paula Barila Bolopa (Day 8: Unsynchronized Swimming). It's the best article I've read about the 2000 Games.
MARY SCANGARELLA, Sacramento
As I read Reilly's article, I was appalled. Inge de Bruijn may be a gold medalist, but she's no champion. Maybe her sports psychologist can help her develop a behavior modification plan that includes the grace and humility expected of a champion. Paula Barila Bolopa is the true champion. Imagine having the guts to perform in front of so many fans knowing you'll finish last, or imagine having the tenacity to train in shark-infested waters. I saw de Bruijn swim. I wish I had seen Barila Bolopa swim instead.
B. CLARK, Oxford, Pa.
On par with the tired act that has become the NBA's involvement with the Olympics is the media's continued use of the term Dream Team (Day 7: Turn Out the Lights). That label is not only inappropriate, it's inaccurate. Before the 1992 Games, fans dreamed about what it would be like to see Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan play on the same team. The same could not be said of the teams sent to the Olympics in Atlanta or Sydney. Few, if any, fans ever dreamed about watching Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett playing together.
BRIAN C. GURA, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Though I enjoyed your coverage of the U.S. women's soccer team, I am disappointed by the article Golden Game. Steve Rushin describes Norway's victory over the U.S. in the final as soccer's version of the Miracle on Ice. Norway won the 1995 World Cup and is the only team with a winning record against the Americans. Rushin was correct when he described the match as one of the best ever. But an upset it was not.
AMY CRAYS, Grantham, Pa.