Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


August 7, 2008

Our View: Breeden’s torch glows

Controversy has surged as the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games draw near in Beijing, China.

There are many concerns about the political environment in China; the pollution, or smog, level in Beijing and the impact that may have on athletes’ performances; China’s role as a political ally of Sudan and its involvement in genocide in the Darfur region in Africa. These are all legitimate issues for which the Chinese government must provide answers.

We’re not here to rehash those issues right now. We’re here to say it’s time to support our athletes as they compete over the next two weeks, especially Elaine Breeden.

Breeden, a Lexington native, has family ties to Barren County. She qualified for the Olympic Games in the 200-meter butterfly and the 100-meter butterfly during trials earlier this summer. She will begin her quest for a medal Saturday in the 100. Hopefully, she’ll be around for the medal ceremony Sunday.

Breeden will begin competition in the 200 on Tuesday. The medal ceremony for that event will be Thursday.

We hope everyone will join her family members locally in rooting her on and cheering for her to bring home an Olympic medal.

We will be.

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