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The gala event started off with the lighting of the torch and has continued with contestants from all over the world competing in different events.
Rooting for our home athletes and keeping up to date on who's winning what has kept all of us busy. Whether it be the swimmers, the softball team, the wrestlers or the all-around favorite the gymnasts everyone is interested in finding out how well the U.S. is doing.
The Magnificent Seven (as they are being called), the young group of gymnasts who is representing the United States this year in competition have been a favorite to almost everyone.
Starting from the youngest, 14-year-old Dominic Moceanou, to the oldest, the young girls have captured American's hearts.
Seeing the determination and strength displayed by these young individuals keeps us rooted to the television screen. Wednesday night's performance, the night the young contestants won a gold medal, was a moment to be recorded in history.
With the coveted medal hinging on the last contestant, all eyes were on the young girl who earlier had been just another member of the team. As she got ready to take her turn on the vault, faces displayed their hope that she would be the one to win them the coveted title.
She injured her ankle in doing so, but the look of determination and courage on Kerri Strug's face will be one that nobody will ever forget.
Despite her injury her score helped the Americans win the gold medal for the first time in a decade or so.
As we look at all the other Olympic events, we have hope that they all do as well. Just being out there is an honor in itself, for it shows the willpower all these people have.
We know the U.S. is being represented in an excellent manner!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rosie Flores is an Enterprise writer and editor of Lifestyles and Golden Years. Her column appears each Thursday.
Richardson, 80, of Colorado City radio station manager, won $4.3 million last year. He died three months later.
Brewster, 49, a Dallas pharmacist, won $12.8 million last year. He died 10 months later.
Now, each man's heirs are facing gigantic federal estate tabs. ...
A winner has 180 days from the lotto drawing to claim the prize. That's plenty of time to prepare the way ... of keeping the federal wolves at least at bay, should you die.
Perhaps the Legislature could change the law to allow people to assign their winnings to someone else or some entity in their name. Or it could print a cautionary warning on lotto tickets.
- Austin American-Statesman
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