Wall Street Journal article on Jamaican Sprinters
The following article was beautifully written by Colin Channer, and author whose work I love.
He talks about the success our sprinters are having, and why we produce so very many sprinters given our limitations. Here is how the article begins:
'Cool Runnings' Are Heating Up
August 9, 2008; Page W4
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Call me "licky licky." A few years ago, 26 to be precise, I thought I'd leave Jamaica and move to New York to write. Now I have a U.S. passport, two American publishers, and a writing residency at a small New England college where one of my favorite writers -- a Mr. Nabokov -- used to teach. I owe this country a lot. Some would say everything. But now that the Olympics are here, there's a good chance that my loyalties will change.
So call me licky licky -- "flaky" in Jamaican English. But it's hard not to get caught up in the island's Olympic dreams. In Beijing, where 28 sports will be contested, Jamaica stands a serious chance of winning the bulk of the men's and women's sprints -- the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relays.
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