Michael Nepple, St. Louis
Going to Extremes
For The Best & Worst (March 6) of the 2006 Olympics you may want to add U.S. skier Lindsey Kildow as Best Example of Courage. Two days after a horrendous crash she was back up on the slopes. She didn't make excuses even though her medal chances were reduced. I think she is tough enough to compete in the NFL.
John Larkin, Chicago
What about the Best Feel-Bad Story: U.S. goalie Chanda Gunn's refusal to shake hands with her opponents following America's upset loss to Sweden in women's hockey.
Richard Metzinger, Burke, Va.
I'd like to remind Rick Reilly, who seems to have mixed feelings about speedskater Shani Davis's mother, Cherie, that you don't have to like a person to recognize her as a hero (Life of Reilly, March 6). As a single mother on Chicago's tough South Side, Cherie Davis raised a son who became the first black athlete to win an individual Winter Olympic gold medal. She did it against tremendous odds. Her son has grown into a disciplined athlete, a fine student and a mentor for children. In a society that is paying a high price for rudderless children, Cherie Davis should be lauded.
Elizabeth Edwards, Glen Arbor, Mich.
Reilly's column about Cherie Davis seemed out of character. Anyone with kids in sports knows a mom like Cherie Davis, but they also know--or should know--that you don't slam the kid's mom. You don't slam anyone's mom. Shani Davis is the public persona here. Slam him, if you must, but not his mom. She is not the news, he is.