Category Archives: Rio de Janeiro

Conversation with Usain Bolt

An official I know got me a track team suit from Japan and the necessary credentials, and I sauntered below the Olympic stadium in Rio and onto the practice track where I spotted Usain Bolt as he worked on starts a day before the four-hundred-meter relay final. I jogged over and said, “We’ve already run […]

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Michelle Carter Launches Gold

For years we’ve known that Michelle Carter inherited and refined a talent to put the shot into distant zones entered only by the elite. In fact, her future father, Michael Carter, as a prep in 1979, unleashed a rocket still unchallenged – 81-3 ½ with a 12-pound shot – and difficult to fathom, even by […]

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Quito Hills

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Brazil, Caracas, Crime, Drugs, Ecuador, Poverty, Quito, South America, Venezuela