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Brad Snyder sees what is possible

In April, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Olympic Committee’s training base in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she met, among others, Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, blinded last September in an explosion in Afghanistan.

He said at that April ceremony, “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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Lance Armstrong drops this fight

The enduring image of Lance Armstrong, the cyclist, is not the guy in the yellow jersey on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées on any one of the glory rides in his seven Tour de France wins.

It’s Lance Armstrong, dripping sweat, grimacing, fighting with every ounce of his being as he conquered the Alpe d’Huez or some other grueling mountain test during those seven victories, the ones that made him not just an American icon but a legend known around the world for beating cancer and the rigors of the Tour, the guy who from 1999 through 2005 could and did do it all.

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U.S. teens stomping the road to Sochi

The Summer Olympics just ended. The major-league baseball season is slogging through the dog days. It’s two-a-day time on football fields all across these United States.

But Down Under, in the mountains of New Zealand, it’s winter, and on Wednesday, far away from baseball and football and anywhere but the back pages and small print of most everyone’s hometown newspaper sports sections, one of the best stories of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games began to take shape.

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The best U.S. Summer Olympic team ever

After the Jamaican 4×100 relay team, anchored by Usain Bolt, had lowered the world record to 36.84 seconds in the final event on the track at the London 2012 Olympics, there was one last news conference under the stadium, at which Bolt and the others on the winning team held court.

During the meet, of course, Bolt had repeatedly shown off his “To Di World” pose. Yohan Blake, his training partner and the world’s second-best sprinter, had similarly offered up for the television cameras interpretations of his nickname “The Beast,” posing with his “claws.”

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“Happy and glorious Games” come to a close

LONDON — The 2012 Summer Games, arguably the best-ever, came to a close Sunday night amid a big party at Olympic Stadium, a rock ‘n roll show that reminded everyone everywhere that for all the solemnity and the gravitas, the Olympics are Games and games are fun.

Such a simple concept. Such a remarkable premise. This, among so many extraordinary notions, is likely to be one of London’s far-reaching legacies.