ASTON, Pa. — The day she covered every mirror in her new apartment because she could not stand the sight of herself anymore was a red flag. But no one was around to register it. And Gracie Gold, a figure skater once on the cusp of Olympic stardom, was in no shape to help herself. Holed up in a Detroit suburb, she kept her lights off so often, she said, that the electric bill one month was less than $20. She slept as much as 24 hours at a time, then stayed awake for three nights straight. A good day was when she managed to brush her teeth and her hair. Her dream of an Olympic gold medal? That had evaporated long ago, during her slow boil of a meltdown that she was struggling to keep a lid on. In 2014, Gold was a charismatic teenage prodigy, hailed as an athletic Grace Kelly because of her tight blond bun, bright red lipstick and regal bearing, her personality so sparkling it sometimes blinded people to the fact that she had not won an individual Olympic medal. Three years later, … [Read more...] about Gracie Gold’s battle for Olympic glory ended in a fight to save herself
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kevin Cullen Globe Columnist November 29, 2018 Eric Emond was sitting at a table in a small room at Florian Hall in Dorchester that night eight years ago when Dan Magoon pulled out a napkin.A bunch of Boston cops and firefighters who had served in the military, and some like Emond who were still serving, had gathered at the Boston firefighters hall on Hallet Street to kick around some ideas.They had made it back from war, but a lot of their friends had not. There were some parents of the fallen in the group, and it got emotional and voices cracked. But there was a steely resolve in that room, too, and they made progress, with Magoon jotting down on the napkin ideas about building a memorial to those from Massachusetts lost to war since 9/11. He scribbled a prospective logo. They talked about how to raise money, selling T-shirts, holding a dinner. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Eric Emond served his country and Gold Star families. Now his is a Gold Star family.
Dan Zak, The Washington Post Published 9:18 am PST, Sunday, November 11, 2018 Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, was elected to Congress from the Houston area after running for office for the first time. "He's just tenacious," said his predecessor, retiring Rep. Ted Poe, R. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, was elected to Congress from the Houston area after running for office for the first time. "He's just tenacious," said his predecessor, retiring Rep. Ted Poe, R. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Dan Zak Dan Crenshaw gives an interview to a TV reporter in Houston two days after his election-night victory. Dan Crenshaw gives an interview to a TV reporter in Houston two days after his election-night victory. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Dan Zak "It's life. It's not a challenge," says Dan Crenshaw of the whirlwind week that ended with him … [Read more...] about Dan Crenshaw started the week as a ‘SNL’ joke and ended it as a GOP star
This week, small towns and big cities all across the country will hold parades and other celebrations in honor of their veterans. One of the most poignant and meaningful of these ceremonies will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Every year, thousands of Americans gather at the tomb in solemn recognition of the tremendous debt we owe to our servicemen and women. There, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the annual wreath-laying ceremony will take place on the exact anniversary of the end of World War I.It’s a poignant, sacred event that every American should experience at least once in his or her lifetime. But it’s but a faint shadow of the awe-inspiring, intensely meaningful ceremony that took place when the Unknown Soldier was first laid to rest on November 11, 1921. I retell the story of that Armistice Day and the events leading up to it in my new bestselling book, The Unknowns: The Untold Story of … [Read more...] about Exclusive–Patrick K. O’Donnell: Veterans Day and America’s Unknown Soldier
LAS VEGAS – After Spencer Haywood conquered immense odds to earn a spot on America’s 1968 Olympic basketball team, word out got out he was from Trinidad.How, he was asked, did he emigrate from the tiny island nation in the Caribbean?“Um, no,” Haywood said. “I’m from Trinidad, Colorado,”His response inspired a new question.“Where the hell is Trinidad, Colorado?”On Oct. 25, 1968 – 50 years ago Thursday – Haywood placed Trinidad on the basketball map when he led an American team depleted by protest and bizarre coaching decisions to world supremacy, lengthening a 32-year American gold medal run dating back to the 1936 games.Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem-Abdul Jabbar), Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld declined to play for the U.S., and Pete Maravich, Calvin Murphy and Dan Issel were cut from the team. All six are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.As Haywood stood with his teammates at the medal ceremony, he wept. His … [Read more...] about David Ramsey: 50 years ago, Trinidad’s Spencer Haywood carried America to Olympic basketball gold