Editor's Desk - February 2006
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Torino Torch Song

Fanning those February flames

“For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement”

—Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games

Fair warning to my friends and family: It's that time again when I start speculating about my future Olympic career. I'll probably want to attempt some short track speed skating at the local rink as well as build a luge track in the backyard—oooh, and maybe a halfpipe. Very cool.

With the XXth Winter Games upon us, my mindset turns to medals and mountains. In fact, I think I've mentioned my Olympic fascination before, regardless of the season or the sport. There's just something so enthralling about witnessing the best athletes in the world—and something so inspiring about watching the eye-popping variety of pursuits.

Yes, this is a global shout out to curling, biathlon and skeleton.

It's also a celebration of good ol' traditional competitions like hockey and bobsleigh, as well as a perfect showcase for fresh and evolving events (Snowboard Cross, anyone?)

Better yet, Olympism can transcend mere sport. The International Olympic Committee (www.olympic.org) peddles its promotional campaign, "Celebrate Humanity," honoring the Olympic Games as a reflection of our noblest human qualities.

As the IOC puts it:

"Celebrate Humanity engages our deepest emotions, reminding us that the Olympic Games embody the ideals to which we all aspire."

Can't argue with that. XX marks the spot.


Jenny E. Beeh