Just off the Podium
My husband and I agreed that the perfect fourth-place medal (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Feb. 25) wouldn't be made of lead but would be one of those 42-pound, polished-granite curling stones. It would represent the feeling athletes must endure and carry around for the rest of their careers when they fail to score in the top three placements.
KAREN MCLAUCHLAN, Eden Prairie, Minn.
In many ski communities in the Northeast it's referred to as the wooden medal.
BRIAN HILLIARD, Campton, N.H.
At least if you finish fourth in the Olympics you can still call yourself an Olympian, but finishing fourth in the Olympic Trials—now mat's tough.
MIKE BRAND, Tallahassee, Fla.