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Heavy medal is right! Those big metallic doughnuts adorning the American snowboarders on the Feb. 27 cover have got to be right up there among the most unattractive medals in Olympic history. I hope none of the winners tries to insert one in his or her CD player by mistake.
Lex L. Larsen, Henderson, Nev.
One problem with the Olympics is that the athletes no longer seem to be enjoying themselves. Lindsey Jacobellis and the other snowboarders, however, were having more fun than anyone else (What a Ride, Feb. 27). She won a silver, which is pretty good, and she had fun doing it. Those who criticized her probably spend their weekends cursing out the ref at their kid's soccer games.
Bill Fox, San Diego
Lindsey screwed up during her race, blew her chance at a gold medal, then explained it away a with a story that would make James Frey blush--and showed up on the cover of SI. As John McEnroe once said, You cannot be serious.
Thank you, S.L. Price, for telling us about the Fellowship of the Rings (Feb. 27). It seems that you found the true message and meaning of the Olympic Games buried deep beneath the abundant talk of infighting, showboating, selfishness and underachieving. A simple gesture--like U.S. hockey player Kathleen Kauth's shaking the hand of Iranian skier Alidad Saveh Shemshaki--is worth more than gold.
Michael W. Savicki, Cornelius, N.C.