NPR sports commentator Frank Deford says he has always been "more interested in the people than in who was winning the games." In his new memoir, Over Time, he says it used to be easier for writers to get close to athletes.
In Greece on Thursday, the Olympic flame for the London games was lit in the southern town of Olympia. It's the only event planned by the national athletics federation, which recently announced that it's virtually bankrupt. It's a long fall from 2004, when Greece was the world's darling for holding a spectacular Summer Games.
A Russian anti-terrorism agency says that its secret service agents have thwarted a planned attack on Sochi, the city slated to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia's FSB security service says it found 10 caches of weapons.
Matt Rutherford spent ten months alone at sea and set a new record for circumnavigating the Americas. He commanded a 27-foot sailboat nearly 27,000 miles — starting in Annapolis, Maryland, through the icy Northwest Passage, back south around Cape Horn, and up the Atlantic Ocean to the Mid-Atlantic.
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