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First Lady opens Warrior Games

Army Staff Sgt. Krisell Creager-Lumpkins suffered a brain injury in 2010. She’ll be competing in five events at this week’s Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., and says, “I want to show other wounded, ill and injured soldiers that your injuries don’t define you. They amplify you.”

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, blinded in September in an explosion in Afghanistan, is a swimmer and a runner. He says, “I’m not going to let blindness build a brick wall around me. I’d give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done, and what I can still do.”

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The BOA’s slam-dunk loser of a case

Rarely in my sportswriting life do I acknowledge that I not only have been to law school (the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco) but passed the California Bar Exam (first try, thank you).

Any first-year law student could have told you the outcome before it was issued Monday by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport in the case of the British Olympic Assn.’s “lifetime” ban against dopers.

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Adam Nelson champions hope

No pressure, but if 36-year-old shot-putter Adam Nelson, already a two-time Olympic silver medal winner, makes the 2012 U.S. team — or, better yet, wins gold at the London Games — it might be the moment that forever changes the way rare diseases in the United States are treated, maybe even cured.

No offense intended, none whatsoever, to Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell and Ryan Whiting, among those who — along with Adam — have for years helped make the United States a fixture atop the world shot-put scene.