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hawthorn By Tom Hawthorn

Even if you aren’t an Olympics fan, you can still find some transforming personal moments amid the hoopla: I know I have, in odd places Silken Laumann stood on the Olympic podium, a

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moment the athlete had long anticipated. A bouquet in her hands, she nodded as an official draped a medal around her neck. Spectators who had cheered so exuberantly moments before stood silently for a national anthem. The moment matched what she had imagined; only instead of the opening notes of O Canada she was hearing the unfamiliar sounds of a paean to Belarusian greatness. Laumann had just completed her fourth and final Olympic Games on the placid waters of Lake Lanier, a manmade body of water and the dusty state of Georgia’s only lake of any kind. Laumann earned a silver in the single sculls, a disappointing result for a rower so determined to get a gold after having won two bronzes earlier. “I got better,” she said after the race, fingering the medal. “And it’s pretty.” She sounded like a gift-opener being polite on Christmas morning. Laumann’s Olympic moment in 1996 ached of exhaustion and disappointment, though she recovered well enough to establish herself as a motivational speaker and children’s

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