Every time I hear this sort of story:
Morrone—listed at 48 years old, which would have made her the oldest Olympic cross-country skier of all time by seven years—didn’t even show up for the 10K women’s classic on Feb. 13, claiming injury. (She was the only one of the race’s 76 entrants who didn’t start.) A day later, in the 15K men’s classic, di Silvestri, 47, made it out of the starting gate but gave up just a few hundred meters later, claiming illness. He was reportedly the only starter who failed to make even the first checkpoint.
I think about my cousin Bill.
At least when Bill skied in the winter olympics a bunch of years ago as part of the Puerto Rican team, he finished. OK, he finished last, but somebody had to finish last. At least he skied down the whole damn slope.
P.S. I have no idea how Puerto Rico was allowed to have an olympic team. As you might have heard, it’s not actually a country.
P.P.S. My cousin is not Puerto Rican. But I think he’s gone there on vacation at least once.