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FOR JULY 25--AUG. 1, 2016

Maybe it was the Russian doping scandal or Brazil's massive spending on the Games despite its struggles to provide even basic services to its people, but I had been feeling a little jaded about Rio. Then I read S.L. Price's story on the Refugee Olympic team (The Longest Run), and everything right and important and noble about the Olympics snapped back into view. Thanks for the reminder of what they're all about.

David Skena, Orlando

Years ago I read and thoroughly enjoyed Daniel Brown's The Boys in the Boat. Now, after reading Richard O'Brien's article on the U.S. women's eight crew (The Unbeatables), I wonder if it is time for The Girls in the Boat.

Richard P. Neilson, Glen Cove, N.Y.

Michael Bamberger's piece on the British Open (LEADING OFF) was the best golf writing since Dan Jenkins's story about Arnold Palmer's come-from-behind win at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills (SI, June 19, 1978). Bamberger's prose matched the quality of play and sportsmanship we witnessed between Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon.

Jeff Sholian, Portland


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Congratulations on a superb Olympic Preview. As our country is rocked by shootings, protests and general political discord, it's gratifying to see male and female, black and white, able-bodied and Paralympic athletes representing the U.S. in a positive manner. They make me proud to be an American in 2016.

Robert Gardner

Mesquite, Nev.

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As a coach and teacher I am always looking for positive examples to shape my students' attitudes, and I've found one in Steve Gleason. I cannot fathom what it must have been like to have his physical gifts, central to his success as an NFL safety, taken away by ALS. As Gleason enters the next chapter of his life, it's clear that what really sets him apart is a superior spirit.

Will Raham

Oakville, Ont.




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