THE TOUR right now, but I have to tell you I'm looking forward to Bejing. Why? Four reasons so far:
+ Kristen Armstrong. In what other sport can someone like me get to ride in the same race as someone like her? After watching her annihilate the rest of us at Nature Valley, I can't wait to see how she fares with the rest of the best.
+ Dora Torres. This 41-year-old swimmer and mom just set a record for the 100 meters during the trials and will go on to represent the U.S. Her complaint? Her middle-aged eyes couldn't quite see the board thing. Hip hip hurrah for masters. Speaking of which, if you missed it, 49-year-old Jeannie Longo will make her 7th trip to the Olympics representing France in the time trial and the road race. Of course, there are some who would say a masters athlete simply can't beat younger top athletes, at least not without a little something extra and illegal, but Dora has submitted to a high level of testing and when I can remember were I read or listened to the testing regime I'll post it. Of course, there's quite a bit of dispute over whether dopers can even be properly identified (NYTimes). Nonetheless, I'm gonna watch. I'm gonna cheer, and if she or Longo tests positive, I'm gonna be bummed.
+ Shawn Redhage. This Lincoln, Nebraska-raised East High graduate who I babysat a few times will be supporting Australia's bid for the basketball gold.