The grace and sportsmanship shown by Apolo Ohno represent the pinnacle of Olympic ideals and competitive spirit. These qualities, in addition to his dedication and ability, mark him as a true champion.
Ruth Wiedemeier, Ames, Iowa
Bode Miller deserves our respect and admiration, not for what he accomplished on the slopes but for how he has matured off them (The Spirit Is Back, Feb. 22). Thank you, Bode, for reminding us that life is about the journey to the podium, not standing on top of it.
Dan Forer, Encino, Calif.
I enjoyed Phil Taylor's article on the U.S. Nordic skiers (One Step Closer to the Top, Feb. 22) and was delighted to be reminded of the achievement of Bill Koch in the 1976 Olympics. When my family lived in southern Vermont, we would often see Bill moving speedily along the highways on his training skis in the nonwinter months. Bill won the silver medal in the 30K race and made Vermonters especially proud.
John Morris, Topsham, Vt.
Thank you for the profile of Zach Parise (The Great Unknown, Feb. 22). While his father, J.P., may be French-Canadian, Zach's leadership, grit and determination in leading Team USA to the silver medal was all-American! As a lifelong Philadelphia Flyers fan, I accept the fact that I must now root for at least one member of the hated New Jersey Devils.
Kyle A. Payne